I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. –E.B. White
Certainly, given our abuse of the environment today, White’s comment is especially poignant. i think implicit in this comment is the idea that part of why we have come to so abuse our environment is because we are no longer connected to nature, and believe technology will solve all our ills.
I remember as a youngster the TV commercial about not polluting. That shot of the Native American with the single tear running down his cheek would today probably be a river of tears, as we may have already crossed a threshold of irreversible damage to the environment.