In most cases, chaos produces chaos and living acquires memory. Occasionally, there exists recognizable sequences in chaos, particularly in humans who have lived; look at the human action: if you don’t wipe your shoes you’ll get mud on the rug and potentially a slap from its owner. Dr. Albert Bandura is the Emeritus Professor of psychology in the school of social sciences at University of Stanford. He believes memory is required for humans to “remember what actions in what situations produce what outcomes” and this can affect social interactions such as result in the diminishment of respect.

 

Looking at a piece of land and its associates, where associates are the items that belong to the land, let’s say the elders in this case, we can see that if there are elements of the land that are not respected there are immediate eyebrows raised and problems. It’s difficult to point out the qualities that hinder a person’s respect, particularly in respect for an older people.

 

If a man is desensitized to an association to a land, it is possible that the “elders” of that land be associated as the elders of that particular land and therefore possibly no longer seen as elders associated with that particular person. Some might say this is absurd to think that if a person is not from a place, then that person might be able disrespect the elders on that land, but Bandura’s words are those of social science, a science that studies humans and therefore they seem to apply. Of course there are many variables that may affect a human mind. Let’s consider the reasons a visitor arrives in a destination as one of the variables. Was it to take a pleasant holiday or was it for more chaotic reasons?

 

It could be a case that is dependent on the acceptance of that land and its associates by the human. If a person is welcomed to the land with open arms than that particular land and its associates would be psychologically associated with positive. According to Bandura people “influence their own motivation and behavior by the positive and negative consequences they produce for themselves” and this is seen to affect the way a person governs the actions by forward projecting a positive or negative consequence of their actions in the past. This expresses the importance of a visitor’s positive or negative experiences in a destination. If a person is rejected by the associates of a location, then a negative experience has been perceived and may affect the way in which the person reproduces themselves. The positive effects one would receive in a location are not so worthy of discussion, at least not at this point, as it is the negative effects that will prevent a discouraged recipient from listening to the memory of an elder that processes the knowledge of “what outcomes in what situations produce what outcomes” and results in social chaos. Not only will a sense of not belonging to a land take away the benefits associated with listening to an elder and their potentially wise words, it could have a detrimental effect concerning respect for things associates with a piece of land.

 

A young man stands on a train station platform in a city saturated with those with a sense of nonbelonging. His eyebrows creased as he draws back the final puff of his cigarette. Then he flicks the filter on the grim concrete.

“Put your rubbish in the bin please sir,” says a witness.

“What for?” replies the young man.

“To keep the minds of the visionary at ease.”

“Have the visionary considered my mind?”

“Why yes, young man.”

“How?”

“We put our rubbish in the bin.”

The young man shakes his head at this response, and gives one of those go jump off a cliff looks, then kicks the cigarette before walking away.

 

For a land to be respected the associates of a land must be respected. Young, middle-aged, or elderly, it is memory and belonging that determines behavior. It’s not just a case of respecting one’s elders that will benefit a land, it is the respect of all of the variables that are associated with land that are required to harvest a destination and minimize its chaos. If the memory of a recipient arriving and belonging is negative, where does the quality of a destination end? Social chaos fuels social chaos, unless sequences are identified. To look after things associated with a land, chaotic minds must be repaired.

Gaston Cavalleri is an Australian travel writer, screenwriter and author.

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