I am currently reading Four Seasons in Rome by Anthony Doerr and I'll have a full review later. I just read a paragraph that I completely disagree with and just had to share it. Anthony Doerr wrote:
"To live is to make leavings. Hair, dust, trash, children, love letters, old shoes, bones. We are all possessed by terrible hungers. When they were less than an hour old, already Henry and Own knew how to attach themselves to their mother. Rome itself sits on calcareous rocks, the calcite made from the skeletons of trillions of tiny sea animals, their own bodies broken and stacked, literally sprinkled with lime, a primordial cemetery, a pelagic ooze. We are born, we consume, we die. Our landscapes are grave-yards and what is a graveyard if not a landfill?"
This thought process and those who agree with it is the route of so many problems we are faced with today. To live is to explore, cherish, and learn. When one sees the history and waste from the past it is best to ask why and figure out how not to repeat any mistakes.