THE VISITOR SYNDROME

By ADEOLUWA ATAYERO

There is no denying that when one is at home one feels more comfortable than they do when they are at work or even at a friend’s house. This is a universal truth that every member of the human race knows and knows well – you are relaxed when you feel comfortable and you are comfortable when you are at home. With comfort, however, comes complacency. The fact that complacency and laziness are natural results of comfort is the perfect explanation of immigration takeover.

Over the decades, citizens of countries all over the world, developed and developing alike, have had cases of immigration resistance. These cases occur at a point of climax whenever citizens of a country feel threatened by the presence of their “visitors”. This is because whenever immigrants or foreigners enter a new country, they have a tendency to become as prosperous, or even more prosperous, than the resident citizens. Regardless of the conditions they are faced with and the unfamiliarity of the strange land, the immigrants have been able to consistently overcome these obstacles and have found themselves on top in another’s man land.

As aforementioned, the immigrants are able to thrive because they have a need to survive and this struggle for survival becomes a cause to thrive. They lack the sense of comfort, stability and security that the owners of the land take for granted. These are people that have left behind their homes and many times, their families. They know that they can make all these sacrifices in vain and their drive is renewed. It is from the well of discomfort that this set of people draws the inspiration and the drive they need to succeed.

A dramatic and recent example of immigration resistance is the case of xenophobia in South Africa. South Africans, incited by the words of a recognized and respected personality in the society, The Zulu King, took to the streets and turned violently against their foreign brothers and sisters who were more financially prosperous than they are. This same sentiment of resistance is echoed in The United States yearly when Congress creates new bills and policies to restrain or impede the ability of the immigrant to succeed. However, amidst numerous attempts to put out their light, immigrants are able to emerge victorious and stronger than ever.

The question to be addressed then should be is resistance the appropriate reaction to “The Visitor Syndrome?” Should we as citizens be resisting the influence of the foreign man or should we be embracing it? Should we not be learning from the power of discomfort rather than afflicting it? If the self entitled indigenes resolved to learn from, rather than fight with, this phenomenon then the tables would definitely turn.

If citizens were able to adopt thei “The Visitor Syndrome” and place themselves in a conscious state of discomfort then the immigrant take over will become a thing of history. How do we then go about this attaining this new mindset? Ironically, the best way to do so is learning from the immigrants and easing up on the harsh immigration policies. It is these harsh immigration policies that drive these visitors to greatness and if we can allow the immigrant man to teach us his ways and combine them with our own customs, we will be the winners. After all, this is the same formula these immigrants use to achieve success. What happens when you become a guest in your home? I think it’s time we found out.

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