The Mirror of Gaia

The creator of the Gaia hypothesis, James Lovelock, offers a chilling vision of our future. Though I haven’t yet read his new book, The Revenge of Gaia, I have read this interview with Lovelock, who warns that it may be too late to stop the ecological catastrophe of global warming. Put simply: Lovelock believes that human civilization will cause human extinction.

But even though the Earth may grow too warm to sustain human civilization, Lovelock acknowledges that life on Earth will continue, just without us.

If you look at it more deeply, it is terrible for the earth, too: if it loses us, its first organised intelligence, well . . . It was through our eyes that she was, for the first time, able to see her beauty.

Although I don’t share Lovelock’s pessimism, I completely agree with his sentiment: Through our eyes, Gaia was able to learn her shape; our awareness has been her mirror.

And if the light of our consciousness darkens, Gaia will lose sight of her reflection. At least until the next organized intelligence opens its eyes, and stands in awe of the dawn.


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