Yet people are becoming so suspect that the greatest freedom is not
achieved by sheer irresponsibility. The earth is common ground and we are
its overlords, whether we hold title or not. Gradually the idea is taking form
that the land must be held in safe keeping, that one generation is to some
extent responsible to the next; and that it is contrary to the public good to
allow an individual
  . . . to destroy almost beyond repair any part of the soil
or the water or even the view!

-- E. B. WHITE

[Photograph: Philip Hyde from Time and the River Flowing: Grand Canyon]