Everyone remembers that scene from Jurassic Park where the scientist played by Jeff Goldblum explains how chaos theory is partly responsible for dinosaurs eating lawyers…
As a researcher I prescribe to Chaos theory and it will be fundamental in our work to explain how human rights violations (and human trafficking occurs) but more importantly, how to end them.
Lets try this Chaos theory on for size here: (its a work in progress so please forgive if its really not a great explanation yet)
Fundamentally Chaos says that in a large system (i.e. human trafficking) which appears to be disorganized & chaotic; there are actually predictable and contributing factors that have been assembled in a particular way to meet an particular (and semi-predictable) outcome. If any of these factors are changed, reorganized or removed, the outcome will rapidly become drastically different.
So lets look at our system of human trafficking. We have a large-scale global system involving people being exploited (sex & labor) for profit. There are contributing factors and semi-predictable outcomes.
Our contributing factors for the victim/survivor are: poverty, lack of education, inability to find meaningful employment, lack of meaningful support structure, etc…
Our contributing factors for the trafickers are: poverty, lack of education, inability to find meaningful employment, lack of meaningful support structure, etc…
(see a commonality?)
Sometimes, when these factors combine the outcome is oppression and exploitation for profit. Other times when these factors combine, nothing happens. That is Chaos theory in action.
One of the beautiful things about chaotic systems however is that they are not stable in the least which means they can be changed, modified or even ended.
A law of chaos says that in a large chaotic system, small disturbances grow exponentially fast. This is meaningful because it means if there is a disturbance in any or all of the contributing factors of human trafficking that the system can not sustain itself and will modify or fail.
Soo… what does all of this mean?
Well for right now it means that there is actually a solution to end human trafficking but it is long-term, boring, and a significant investment in living ethically and getting others to do the same. I know that many people want ht over today; that’s not going to happen. But right now if the global community changes one or more of the contributing factors, the chaotic system will fold.
So right now, I’ll continue working on this. Like I said, its far from done yet. I’m working on a project called “The general systems theory of human rights violations”. I’ll be done with it sometime this lifetime (or I’ll die trying… its a joke, get it?)
So what are your thoughts? Can Chaos help us make the world a better place?