James Lovelock, Gaia and the Greens

In recent weeks, the rhetoric between the climate camps has ratcheted up considerably, like a barrage balloon about to take off in these strong gales. I think a fair amount of it is being artificially created, not least by George Soros who’s probably personally manning the bellows with his sleeves rolled up. Nevertheless, we have to deal with it.

One of the memes which has been thrown up and is eddying around currently is something along the lines of the Earth being Mother Earth, a living and breathing entity known as Gaia, and that all this “extreme weather” is Her punishing us for polluting Her – and lashing back at us, in some way.

Image: Breath of Gaia by Josephine Wall.

I wanted to give this idea some thought, because it doesn’t seem to tie in with my own experience of this living and breathing entity of the Land, who I agree, presents Herself as female. But there all similarity to the Green’s Gaia model ends… to such an extent that I’ve come to the view that the vengeful Gaia is actually just a throwback to the Judaeo-Christian religion’s interpretation of God. This Gaia of the Greens is much more like the angry Jehovah who sought retribution against man for all sorts of wrongs…. the only difference being that this one seems also to be suffering from PMS.

It’s said in the Bible that God created man in His own image. But in this case, man has created Goddess in his and her own image… so that She’s become just a mirror of his own programming.

In other words, it’s all about fear and guilt. The male patriarch Jehovah has been replaced in people’s minds with the female matriarch Gaia and the new Original Sin which will banish us forever from the Garden of Eden (the Earth) is man-made global warming.

Or perhaps with the weather being as it is, people are resonating with archetypal memories of the goddess Tiamat, from the Babylonian texts, who got so fed up with her noisy children down on Earth that she decided to send the Deluge. The Deluge goes very deep in our race memories, as our earliest ancestors had to migrate fast, ahead of the floods caused by glaciers melting after the last Ice Age. Now, at such a time of trauma and upheaval, when your next door neighbour’s used tampons are floating past your front door, you’re not at your most calm and rational, and may leap at old religious ideas as cognitive boats to keep your sanity afloat.

The Greens, though, do have a bit of a problem with all this global warming business, which they’re trying to disguise under all the pink smoke and hot air. Even the staunchest believer in global warming will admit that the globe hasn’t warmed in more than 15 years. But they call it ‘the pause’, the word implying that it’s just a pause in the warming effect, which will begin again at some time, sooner or later. But this belief is a religious one and has no basis in science. I’m surprised that they’re not calling it ‘the menopause’.

So while the tricochet Greens are feverishly knitting at the guillotine and screaming for the heads of the ‘climate extremists’ (i.e. those that don’t believe this weather is being caused by global warming), I thought it would be interesting to revisit this idea of Gaia, to rediscover its roots, and I was interested to find this recent interview with the inventor of the concept, James Lovelock. In his Gaia hypothesis, he postulated that the biosphere was a self-regulating entity with the capacity to keep our planet healthy by controlling the chemical and physical environment.

I’m putting some extracts here, because I think it’s very interesting and it shows in fact, that he believes himself that he’s created something of a Frankenstein’s monster which is being used like a Trojan horse to bring in a kind of unpleasant Green fascism.

“The greens use guilt. That shows just how religious the greens are. You can’t win people round by saying they are guilty for putting CO2 in the air. We do now know what we are doing when it comes to CO2 [emissions], but you don’t have to go right over the top like the greens and shouting, “You’re guilty!” I don’t like it.”

“I keep contact with the Hadley Centre. They are one of the best climate centres in the world. Something to be proud of. They should be given credit. They are under enormous pressure from government and are not allowed to say what they really think…”

“It’s just the way the humans go that if there’s a cause of some sort, a religion starts forming around it. It just so happens that the green religion is now taking over from the Christian religion. I don’t think people have noticed that, but it’s got all the sort of terms that religions use.”

A small caveat here: Lovelock’s not someone that I’d want to be stuck in a lift with for long. If you read the full interview, you’ll see that he’s pro-fracking for one thing, and nuclear power. And his views on moving people into the cities as a sort of universal panacea are very close to those that underpin UN Agenda 21.

But I found it interesting that he’s noticing the same things that I am, about how his idea has been hijacked to serve the cause of Green fascism, and the frameworks for the directives that are coming in from Brussels which we now have organise our countryside around, such as Making Way For Water.

I wrote a poem the other day about that. It’s not a very good poem, but I think it gets over what I’m trying to say:

Making Way For Water

In days of yore, in Babylon
The priests would gaze at the stars
And make their calculations
In glyphs on clay tablets
So they could read the runes,
About huge cosmic cycles
Over thousands of years.

Then they would tell the people:
“Hey listen up, you plebs!
There’s anger in the Heavens.
You need to sacrifice more
To the Temple, the gods to placate.
If you don’t, it will be too late.
They will block the Sun.
On upcoming Mars day!”
Knowing full well, of course,
An eclipse was on the way.

Today, of course, it’s different.
We’re so much cleverer now.
We no longer write on clay.
Instead, our tablets are iPads
Giving us projections and data,
So we know so much more,
And are no longer prone to
Superstitious propaganda.

Now the priestly politicians
Rule though the courts of law
in London, at the Temple,
And demand our sacrifice
In Green taxes, carbon taxes,
And land that we must release.
Making Way for Water,
In the hope that Neptune or
Poseidon will be appeased,
And roll back the seas.

I like this quote… I’m not sure who’s it is… but it says it all, to me.

“Man in his arrogance believed humankind’s actions could change the temperature of the planet. Worse still, they believed taxes could stop it.”

The end of hubris by Menton3 of Deviant Art.

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