"Most formulations of human-environment interactions give only lip service to the fact that unman context is the earth. As a result, architecture, planning and the environmental social sciences frequently envision marshalling the human ability to control nature---the built, natural and cultural environments--- so as to achieve humanistic objectives of a better life for people. But these visions of metamorphosis deny to extent to which modern people have denigrated the environment on a local, regional and global scale. In fact, these formulations may aid and abet this denial of environmental reality. The result is that, rather than facilitating a metamorphosis toward a higher plane of human life that somehow escapes entropy, we are left with a distraction from the abject mess that we have caused. Rather than seeking solutions or alternatives to our destructive way of life, we pretend that a world of economic growth will move us out of the morass through an improved built or landscaped environment. The social reality of the metamorphized environment is one of convoluted expectations of the normal life. Issues of illness rather than health; helplessness, uncertainty and victimization rather than illusions of control; home as a place of insecurity and danger rather than a secure bastion; the environment as malevolent rather than benevolent forces; distrust of society rather than a sense that others are taking care of us. The challenge to the interdisciplinary mix of fields concerned with people and their physical surroundings is to recognize the centrality of dynamics of ecological destruction to our ways of life and perceptions of the world and to formulate a social ecological metamorphosis to counteract what some now call the "end of nature"."