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