We are much more fascinated with the man-made than with the natural. We are more impressed with what we have made than with what is just there. We are constantly making improvements on nature and applauding our cleverness. We prefer our animals to be anthropomorphic and our mice to be Mickeys.... It's a form of human narcissism, I suppose. We find teeny transistors more marvelous than seeds, Disneylands more extraordinary than natural ones.
--"Plastic World" from At Large by Ellen Goodman
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