The world is sacred. It can’t be improved. If you tamper with it, you’ll ruin it. If you treat it like an object, you’ll lose it.
When man interferes with the Tao, the sky becomes filthy, the earth becomes depleted, the equilibrium crumbles, creatures become extinct.
Lao Tzu, in Tao Te Ching, Stephen Mitchell translation [Tao means roughly Creation, the universe, the Way.]