Gaea vs Gaia part 2
Polistra has previously discussed
the difference between James Lovelock's original concept of Gaea and the later Planet Goddess Gaia. Lovelock's Gaea was simply a metaphor of the Earth as a living creature, with an uncountable number of negative feedback loops keeping everything in long-term equilibrium while allowing lots of short-term random movement. Gaia is a vengeful and arbitrary Goddess, permanently on the rag.
One of Rush's callers this week raised an interesting point: For the tyrants who obey Gaia, how should the Jap earthquake be interpreted? Japan has been at the forefront of environmentalism, so why did Gaia punish it? And now we can add the plume of radiation, which is only meaningful to Gaia-fearing fuckheads. It's heading straight for Hollywood!
Deeeelicious.Older polytheistic cultures would be able to write this story instantly.
Gaea, the blooming mother-goddess of natural life and natural adaptation, has finally grown tired of the arbitrary and nasty usurper Gaia. Old Gaea has applied a strong negative signal, an error correction force, to the two centerpoints of the tyrannical usurper!
In less technical words, a bitchslap right across the tits.