Daniel Quinn gives us hope in Ishmael:
"Just think. In a billion years, whatever is around then. whoever is around then, says, 'Man? Oh yes, man! What a wonderful creature he was! It was within his grasp to destroy the entire world and to trample all our futures into dust--but he saw the light before it was too late and pulled back. He pulled back and gave the rest of us our chance. He showed us all how it had to be done if the world was to go on being a garden forever. Man was the role model for us all!'
'Not a shabby destiny.'
'Not a shabby destiny by any means. And it occurs to me that this . . .'
'This gives a little shape to the story. The world is a very, very fine place. It wasn't a mess. It didn't need to be conquered and ruled by man.'"