Its interesting how unwanted conflict can create beneficial results.
Within symptoms of disease and sickness silver linings may be found and exploited. As a result of the myriad mines laid out during the Vietnam War, tracts of land have become re-forested and species near extinction are thriving. It is a game of loaded dice: countless human limbs and lives lost, genetic traits wiped out and new ones formed, and the animals filling in the niche pried open by killing do so on a razors edge. Philanthropic organizations have sprouted to deal with the ordinances still killing after a third of a century, their goals are to plant trees where mines are removed, but as they do so they may disturb agent orange and other herbicides that destroy foliage and poison the population once again. I am not against a tree being planted nor am I for armed conflict, I aim to only illustrate that our actions have weight and we can only do the best we can and learn from past decisions.
Ideas don't always bring what we think they will bring and there is always the danger of them being turned back onto themselves in ways we can't imagine. In educating myself about view points of place and landscape I've started to read about Heidegger and topology. Its a task I didn't see myself in at the start of my project with Japan. His view points on being and place can lead to an overblown sense of nationalism; the Nazi Party used it as rationalization to dehumanize Romani, "Gypsy", and other nomadic people viewing them as less than human as they saw them with no physical place to create an identity.
On a different note, If you are in Philadelphia b/n this posting and August 28th, please visit Rodger LaPelle Galleries as a few of my pieces are on the walls.