A SHOCKER! – in Installments – May 14, 2008
I like to write Marbie’s Blog every day, but haven’t been able to do so for the last two or three days, because I learned something you need to know about and it’s too much infomation to put in one article. I decided to start at the beginning and develop a complete picture, so I had to do some more research. But the more I researched, the more “stuff” I found that you need to be aware of. I think you will be shocked as I was when you finally have all the facts. At this point, I can’t predict how many articles this story will require. I’ve decided to stop “preparing” and just jump in. I hope you will come back every day for the next “installment” and as a result, be a well informed citizen and voter. This installment lays a necessary foundation and may not seem important at first. Trust me. It will be important to you whether you accept it or not. So here goes.
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/Gaia Click on the sound icon for the pronunciation. It is “jee-uh.”
Gaia is a mythological pagan goddess believed to be “Mother Earth.” Rather than go into the roots of the idol, I suggest you “Google” the subject and learn about the beliefs associated with “Gaia”. http://www.enviropaedia.com/topic/default.php?topic_id=114
To summarize, the Earth is a single living entity and every living thing is part of it. People, animals, plants, terrafirma, water, air, sky, all parts of the single living Earth. Mother Earth supports and nourishes us all. In ancient times, believers in this pagan religion held cermonies to honor Gaia in sacred groves of trees.
You might have thought that pagan religions died out centuries ago with the “enlightenment” of collegiate education. Not so. Gaia is alive and flourishing right in our midst, and not on a small scale, but worldwide – in places you would never imagine.
It made its comeback in the 1960’s when James Lovelock, an atmospheric scientist, was working for NASA on the Viking Space Project looking for life on Mars. In deciding what methods would be used to test for life on Mars, he considered systems and procedures of life on Earth and began to view them all as part of one big living organism. Novelist William Golding suggested that he name his newly discovered theory “Gaia”. In 1979, together with Lynn Margulis and others, he wrote his hypothesis in a book: Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth. The Gaia Hypothesis was born.
As a sidenote, Ge, Ga or Gaia was the Greek Goddess of the earth; the root of the word can be traced in the names of earth science such as geography and geology.
“The hypothesis proposes that life does not act in isolation but in concert with all natural events. Our world is compared to a single organism, in which life is intrinsic to the operation of global systems, to the extent that it modifies and is modified by the global environment, in order to maximise successful interactions. Gaia is the first Western scientific model to describe the planet and the biosphere as an integrated, self-regulating organism. The planet is not viewed simply as a dead rock with individual life forms tenuously hanging on, but as a repository of raw materials that has been altered by all the varieties of life and environment over the last 3.5 billion years. Gaia is a mix of rocks, gases, radiation, liquids, magnetism, movement and life that is bound together in its complexity, forming an interconnected web. When any aspect is altered, adjustments are made in the system in order to move in the direction of homeostasis or toward beneficial change. Thus the Gaian matrix is sustained and constantly evolves in myriad ways through its integral self-regulatory systems.” “Gaia” by Glenn Ashton – Ekogaia Foundation, http://www.enviropaedia.com/topic/default.php?topic_id=114
homeostasis – the ability of a system to keep itself stable or sustained
The words “sustained or sustainable” will come up again in our discussion and will become a part of your life in the not so distant future. Unless……