Looking at others as signifier/signified, as determinants.  To acknowledge and recognize the actuality of the landscape and mindscape is the cost. It sustains the relationship and becomes the vehicle/mechanism to feed the mind; distorts perception. The deforming of the land and the disillusion of reality together topples the society into despair with heavy burden and high cost to humanity. Looking outside of self brings the harsh realities, which continually devastates the very livelihood of Okinawans and Okinawan Diasporas. It is pandemic and ominous. (excerpts from "Question of Okinawa", Ikehara, 2008)

After thought:  Sometime it's necessary to wallow in one's naked truth of the 'past' to remind oneself of the present and the presence of the marvelous.