We think, and talk, a lot about "nature" and, somehow, often seem to assume that homo sapiens, that destructive and abusive species, is, in some way NOT natural.
Oh, we do create artificial machines and devices which can do stuff, often destructive stuff, at levels previously unimaginable in the history of mankind. No doubt of that.
But, amid all the "destruction" real, imagined, revealed, hidden, lurks one aspect of homo sapiens which I feel is often overlooked.
While it may SEEM to be part of our "nature" to destroy, tear up, and use the rest of the "natural" world, there always seems to be people working to restore, repair, regenerate... often using the same mechanics, science, and technology capable of causing the "destruction" in the first place.
I put "destruction" in quotes, because, often that tearing down or tearing up of things is done to make things to satisfy the rest of us who desire to have the fruits of the labors of those tearing stuff up and down.
I have no idea, statistically, who's "winning". I just know that in the battle for Earth, leaving aside attacks by intelligent aliens, there's more than one "army" at work... often just small platoons, if you will, maybe even marauders, on both sides.
It seems to be "natural" for some of us to take, and some of us to give. We sometimes even benefit from the efforts of the takers.
No answers, as usual, but, thinking out loud makes me feel better about "nature" and the "natural" process of things.