Atheist or otherwise, you may wonder, “As a person so obviously down on religion, why choose a Greek goddess’s name for your platform?”

Actually, I am not who chose it, but, as I have grown to understand it, I find it very meaningful and apt. Wikipedia has an article at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaia_theory that begins:

“The Gaia hypothesis, also known as Gaia theory or Gaia principle, proposes that organisms interact with their inorganic surroundings on Earth to form a self-regulating, complex system that contributes to maintaining the conditions for life on the planet. Topics of interest include how the biosphere and the evolution of life forms affect the stability of global temperature, ocean salinity, oxygen in the atmosphere and other environmental variables that affect the habitability of Earth.

“The hypothesis was formulated by the scientist James Lovelock[1] and co-developed by the microbiologist
Lynn Margulis in the 1970s.[2] While early versions of the hypothesis were criticized for being teleological and contradicting principles of natural selection, later refinements have resulted in ideas highlighted by the Gaia Hypothesis being used in disciplines such as geophysiology, Earth system science, biogeochemistry, systems ecology, and climate science.[3][4][5] In 2006, the Geological Society of London awarded Lovelock the Wollaston Medal largely for his work on the Gaia theory.” [6]

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As that excerpt should make clear, no gods get involved, no supernatural forces get attributed, no demons will own your soles if you indulge your curiosity. So, keep your shoes on. Follow the tales—all of them—to their point of absurdity while adhering to the rules of logic, and you will uncover a clearheaded view of the world most people will never see beyond their blinders. You will unearth a vision wherein everything can be shown to be interconnected. Not only the environment, not only the life within it, but all that exists plays some role in the still-developing harmony of the universe.

As a species capable to play a very destructive role, we should be schooling ourselves in every form of information that ties into this subject, not guessing at it, not relying on the word of vested interests on either side. As a species suffering from a self-induced angst that rises from all the diseases related to the stress of modern life, we must learn how the effects of overpopulation will wear upon each of us long before we notice feelings of being crowded. As a species constantly at war among ourselves, we must KNOW why diversity must be maintained across all the Earth’s waters and lands so there will stay a future for our kind.

The development of the universe provides a model for us to study as we learn about ourselves and our best role on this planet. Internal to our beings, equilibrium works on autopilot as all our life processes struggle to maintain homeostasis in spite of our oblivious recklessness. We share homeostasis with other animals, so that Nature provides its life-forms with their own automatic regulatory systems. We share [1]homeorhesis with our planet, as our systems adjust to compensate for advancing age.

Why connect the Gaia Theory to hedonism? To maintain all kinds of equilibrium has been a necessity from the instant the Big Bang initiated the process of development for the universe we inhabit. Matter whirling in wrong directions got obliterated or absorbed in space accidents, eventually resulting in a more orderly arrangement that looks “created” to some folks, while the evidence lurks in a ring of asteroids and debris circling the sun. Next July 4, take note of how the burning particles of carbon flowing out from a bursting rocket appears orderly and even. Like the Big Bang, they were not necessarily planned, things just naturally function that way. There are no wrist watches in space. Natural order prevails where humans have not arrived to mess it up, even in the wildest thickets and despite our preferences.

Political, religious and commercial interests have long conspired to sell us on a doctrine that claims we are Earth’s caretakers, and then proceeded to plow up, dig up, blow up, burn up, cover up, and cut down everything that could generate wealth for those in charge. Gullible we, sinners against nature, aided and abetted their every process of destruction. Together, we have acted against Nature’s interests and, therefore, our own long-term interests for the sake of a comparative few.

We did the work; we were hands-on with our involvement; they hoarded the money and kept their hands clean. We did the plowing, digging, exploding, burning, covering, and cutting. We answered to their bidding, accepted their stipend bribes, and gave them our sweat and brains. We, as a result, sent cropland soil to the Mississippi delta, polluted our own water in wells, creeks and rivers, smoked the tobacco that started numerous forest fires that burned people out of homes built where they did not belong, emptied caves of oil and water under the ground so they could collapse beneath our feet, diverted streams from their natural courses while damming others, and an encyclopedia full of other destructive enterprises for a short-term gain and a long-term risk.

We unbalanced our natural habitat in so many ways in such a short time that we have placed ourselves at risk. Growing numbers of us suffer depression and stress symptoms; obesity and resultant diseases from lack of exercise; food doctored with unnecessary additives such as the ubiquitous corn syrup, fructose and sugar by any other label; and the elevated blood pressure attributed to also ubiquitous salt under all its aliases. Illnesses once considered problems related to aging are now occurring to children.

So, ask: “Why Gaia? Why hedonism?” Look all you want for a lifetime. You will, likely to your dismay after an honest search, find that only a well understood hedonism makes all the right connections to attach your own personal wellbeing to the environment we share with all else. The practices devised by a correctly informed humanity could alter a possibly doomed planet’s course by changing us from a disease into an agent of homeorhesis for our home planet. Please read Equalitarianism for a fuller discussion. Available from http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00B1U8HL2 It should offer at least a starting point. Your well thought out comments should help me improve my efforts. Maybe we are Earth’s caretakers. If so, we need to learn our job, and the best ways to do it. That takes study and not just listening to opinions, including mine.

NOTES:

[1] From biologydaily.com:

Homeorhesis, derived from the Greek for “similar flow”, is a concept encompassing dynamical systems which return to a trajectory, as opposed to systems which return to a particular state, which is termed homeostasis.

In humans (at least) the aging process provides trajectory of change wherein our bodies adapt to our diminishing capacities.