11 July 2012
We are all acquainted with change in some form or another. People who, for whatever reason, move from one country to another must juggle many changes while attempting, as far as is possible, to retain some small vestige of their former selves and their place of birth. Change, in this respect, should not be a process of complete assimilation but a process of addition. Some people - those on the outside looking in - do not always understand this idea of retaining what has gone before. I think that this lack of understanding is often caused by a fear of having to confront ideas and realities outside what they know and are prepared to accept. In other words, change, in this instance, affects not only those forced to uproot themselves but also those who then must receive them, willingly or otherwise.