“The trick of living is to slip on and off the planet with the least fuss you can muster. I’m not a professional philanthropist, and I’m not running for sainthood. I just happen to think that in life we need to be a little like the farmer who puts back into the soil what he takes out.” – Paul Newman
Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone were able to put back what they took out? If everyone only put back what they took out, and didn’t add all their litter and refuse? I remember a nice passage in Willa Cather’s Death Came for the Archbishop in which two characters discuss the Native Americans’ ability to live in a place for a while and then move on, leaving no trace that they had spent time there. They had true respect for the planet and their surroundings, and they knew how important it was to leave things as they should be for the next people who came along, and for nature itself.