chapter  5
14 Pages

Community understanding of the impact of temporary visitors on incidental destinations

WithKen Simpson, Phil Bretherton

In commenting on Nobel prize-winner J.M. Coetzee’s 1980 novel ‘‘Waiting for the Barbarians,’’ Chris Switzer highlights the degree to which human beings are typically able to maintain an enhanced level of positivity in the prelude to an anticipated event. Particularly in environments that are perceived as less than optimal, we have all experienced a conviction that somehow things will get better-when the government changes, when the weather improves, or when we acquire a higher level of qualification. The unifying feature in all of these situations is a somewhat irrational belief that the future unknown will necessarily be an improvement on the currently known-that the grass of the future will inevitably be greener than the grass of the present.