That’s people. We arrive, consume all we can and then leave. Like locusts.
Cassie Ainsworth, Skins.
Except we don’t leave. We create illusions to mask depleting resources: we feed our food steroids and harmful fertilizers as well as mutate their DNA to make up for (conceal) the 30% decrease in arable land; we dig deeper wells to keep up with the dropping water table and go on living business as usual.
A more accurate simile is that people are like viruses. 100% dependant we arrive, multiply abundantly until our host can no longer support the load, killing the host and thus killing ourselves.