Thursday, May 3, 2018

Letter to an English Landscape Architect, November 12, 1991. Part II

I truly enjoyed listening to your ideas this summer, [English Landscape Architect]. I think a number of them are very good ones that may work. You should consider writing them down, if you haven't already. The key thing in making change work, is translating ideas into practical steps that can be achieved, or at least tried, in little, manageable steps. 

Revolutionary ideas, like ones dealing with new ways of living with the world, & with nature, & with each other, always meet with stiff resistance. Some resistance is valid. People's counterarguments should be well-considered, & not brushed aside as rubbish without a fair hearing. People don't like to be preached at, nor told what they're doing is all wrong.

I believe that change can only be effected on a small scale, working from the community level, but also simultaneously working to change the attitude and practices of government, and people within national boundaries, and beyond them. 

There is only so much one person can do alone, but in conjunction with others, grander goals can be reached for. There is so much that needs to be changed, that there is plenty for anyone who wants to, to work for those changes, or for even some of them. 

Some people may prefer to live in model communities, to serve as examples of how things could work throughout the world. Others may work better within the existing structure & system, in professional or political spheres. 

But I'm convinced of one thing: it's far easier to talk about change than to actually work for it & sustain a momentum for it.

I've tried to live half in and half out of the existing framework of American society. But it is frustrating to do so, & I've decided to work within the educational system, to work toward long-term attitudinal changes, beyond nationalism and beyond the present tendency to live wastefully and even wantonly. 

I think it's important for people to try to work in harmony with others of a similar outlook; or at least to stay in touch, to keep up and learn from others where possible. . .

I also hope that this letter finds you well, and that your family is fine. Please send my best wishes to them. I will get around to sending your grandparents the info. they wanted about ICOMOS, as soon as ICOMOS gets around to sending it to me.

Take care, [English Landscape Architect].

                                                       Yours truly [&c.] 

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