Reading the news, I was reminded of the story of the Titans: giant inflations that became so unruly that Zeus and the Olympians had to lock them up at the bottom of the ocean just to be rid of them. One of them, Prometheus, decided to serve Olympus, but even he got into trouble, as did his brother Epimetheus, whose name means "hindsight."
Watching BP's attempt to put a giant box over the oil leak, I thought: Once the demons and ugly things are set loose, it's difficult to get them back into Pandora's box again. One must have the Promethean foresight to invent and innovate in ways that work with the natural world rather than against it. David Orr puts it well in his book EARTH IN MIND:
"What went wrong with contemporary culture and education? We can find insight in literature, including Christopher Marlowe’s portrayal of Faust who trades his soul for knowledge and power, Mary Shelley’s Dr. Frankenstein who refuses to take responsibility for his creation, and Herman Melville’s Captain Ahab who says “All my means are sane, my motive and my object mad.” In these characters we encounter the essence of the modern drive to dominate nature."