empire of undead things
Things have propensities to shape human thought and action and to produce other things that also shape human action and awareness. Middens of Japanese imperial things can be found wherever the Empire of Japan alighted: weaponry; factories; railroads; highways; airports; schools; hospitals; sake cups; chopsticks; bento boxes; entire cities. In traditional Chinese philosophy, things (wu) may be more than inert objects; they have a propensity to shape human affairs independently of their human origins. Things configure (shì) other things and shape relationships between diverse other things and humanity. The nature of things is not inert, but changing, persevering, and growing. It is as though things shape the subject and the subject shapes things..