Tolkien recounting his pleasure at hearing how his words had an effect on Americans "Many young Americans are involved in the stories in a way that I am not. But the do use this sometimes as a means against some abomination. There was one campus - I forget which - where the council of the University pulled down a very pleasant little grove of trees to make way for what they called a 'culture center' out of some sort of concrete blocks. The students were outraged. They wrote ANOTHER BIT OF MORDOR on it."
There have been many times during the last 34 years since I first read this, that I have thought those same thoughts, it seems that the longer I live the more MORDOR I see around me. I have moved away from the big cities and out into the rolling hills of the country to escape the MORDOR of my time. But I feel a weight inside me to have seen so many great forests, parks, fields and meadows be torn away and replaced by a concrete jungle.
Maybe I am the only one that sees the world like this now, but it was not always this way. And I appreciate Tolkien for awakening my heart and opening my eyes to what is right and wrong about his world and mine.