Delusions of grandeur

No age before would have made such an assumption. Man has always before thought of himself as puny by comparison with natural forces, and he was humble before them. But we have been so impressed by the achievements of technology that we are likely to think we can do more than nature herself. We dug the Panama Canal, didn't we? Why not the Grand Canyon? Actually we are suffering from delusions of grandeur, from a state of hubris which may bring about a tragic catastrophe in the end.

—Joseph Wood Krutch. "Water doesn't run uphill." The Grand Canyon: Today and All Its Yesterdays.

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