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Profligate Nature

Nature is, above all, profligate. Don't believe them when they tell you how economical and thrifty nature is, whose leaves return to the soil. Wouldn't it be cheaper to leave them on the tree in the first place? This deciduous business alone is a radical scheme, the brainchild of a deranged manic-depressive with limitless capital. Extravagance! Nature will try anything once…. This is a spendthrift economy.  Though nothing is lost, all is spent.

- Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek (HarperCollins, 2007), p. 66.