Is Mother Earth Trying to Shake Us Off?
When I was a child one of my favorite books was “D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths” (DBofGM). I found the stories in the book more interesting that the night-time soap, “Dallas” because the stories had action, heroism, and backstabbing. Even Mother Earth, an entity in her own right in the pantheon of Greek myths. At one points she encourages the Titans to war against their father Uranus (the sky) and when she’s upset with Zeus she creates Typhon and Echidna.
Angry with Zeus for sending her sons the Titans into the dark pit of Tartarus, Mother Earth now brought forth two terrible monsters, Typhon and his mate, Echidna, and sent them against Zeus. (DBofGM pg 17)
Wow, how badass is Gaea that she would create monsters just to take out other creatures? Makes you glad that the earth is an inert thing that we derive sustenance from, huh?
To think of the earth as a living organism is incomprehensible for many. We can see that we gain sustenance from the earth but to think of her as an entity that could employ defenses to protect herself such as a cell would seem a bit too farfetch for us.
What if, for earth, it’s similar to how humans are home to the millions of bacteria that live on and in our body? We even need these bacteria to live but the wrong kind of bacteria will make us sick. That is when our natural defenses kick in to isolate the intruder and kill it off. Our bodies do this by sending out white blood cells, raising a temperature and other signs of illness.
Yeah, I know, it’s a sucky analogy to compare humans to bad bacteria or worse a virus. But when I think back to last fall’s H1N1 scare and now the earthquakes in Haiti, Chile, and Turkey I can’t help but think of the Gaia theory. What if the what is going on is the earth’s defense mechanism trying to protect itself from what was once a healthy symbiotic relationship turned sickness.
Or maybe it’s earth just heaving gasps as it clings to life. If it’s alive anyway.