“Life is a miracle beyond our comprehension, and we should reverence it even when we have to struggle against it…. The resort to weapons such as insecticides to control it is a proof of insufficient knowledge and of an incapacity so to guide the processes of nature that brute force becomes unnecessary. Humbleness is in order; there is no excuse for scientific conceit here.”
Dr. C.J. Briejer, quoted in Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring.