What makes the Topography of Violence different than an ordinary landscape is that the terrain is subject to rapid change. Most of the time, these changes come with advance warnings, similar to tremors preceding an earthquake. But sometimes, the changes come quickly and provide only moments to transform a hill into a mountain. Individuals also have the power to influence their surrounding terrain. What they say and do can whip up a steep hill or reduce a mountain into a mole hill. A good Map clearly labels the impending warning signs of terrain change.