I must not fear. Fear is the mind. Killer fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.
Frank Herbert from Dune, with a tiny tweak
The control we strive to wield—the power over (our very) nature we so badly crave—is both an exercise in futility, for Gaia will have her way regardless of our machinations, and the death knell of civilization, tolling out as all of our best-laid plans go astray.