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The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men Gang Oft Aglee

Boyle’s story showed that we need more reverence for nature. Our efforts to tamper with nature for our benefits often end up displaying our ignorance. One example from Boyle’s story is how dramatically reducing the amount of mosquitoes also lowered the population of a certain wasp which keeps the population of a certain caterpillar in check. With the caterpillars free from their oppressors they were able to multiply to the point that they destroyed the natives’ roofs that were made of delicious palm leaves. This example shows how the natural world can often pull up unthought-of consequences for our best attempts to reshape nature. Truly we must live in accordance with nature’s unfathomable power.


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