Human beings believe they have been very clever in devising means of using natural resources to provide useful goods and services. They are so carried away with their cleverness that they do not take into account the unintended consequences of their cleverness. This is a virus for which they have no remedy. Natural forces will eventually cure them during the inevitable die-off. Those that are left will learn the simpler way.
They build highways using irreplaceable materials to ease traffic congestion. This breeds more cars in an unsustainable positive feedback loop.