Gaia Demands a Sacrifice

 

PoseidonKnowing that things happen for a reason is of central importance to most people. Though the questions “what” and “how” yield immensely more practical answers to most problems, the human mind obsesses most over the “why.” Knowing the why grants us a feeling of control over our circumstances, even if it is often illusory. Understanding the motives behind human behavior allows us to grasp the nature of evil, and, in turn, root it out.  Unfortunately, the search for motives is often the lens through which we try to understand all hardships in life.

The planet has no shortage of ways to try and kill us. We are not safe on land, sea, or sky. The ground beneath our feet betrays us to the order of 134 earthquakes of 6.0 or higher annually.  Nearly 2,000 times a year, rivers and oceans overflow their ordinary boundaries to flood human habitats. And in the U.S. alone, more than 1,200 tornadoes descend from the sky. A planet where fire can literally rain down from above following an explosion that is best measured in megatons would seem accurately described as ‘angry.’   

Without a scientific understanding of the world, it is easy to see why so many ancient peoples ascribed agency to the phenomenon they suffered under, blaming disasters on the gods. Thankfully, science has granted us levels of understanding of the natural world that have moved us past such primitive notions. Hasn’t it?

Hours after a massive earthquake rattled Japan, environmental advocates connected the natural disaster to global warming. The president of the European Economic and Social Committee, Staffan Nilsson, issued a statement calling for solidarity in tackling the global warming problem.

 “Some islands affected by climate change have been hit,” said Nilsson. “Has not the time come to demonstrate on solidarity — not least solidarity in combating and adapting to climate change and global warming?”

“Mother Nature has again given us a sign that that is what we need to do,” he added.

No, I’m afraid that quote is not from the seventh century BC. Earthquakes are apparently no longer caused by different segments of the Earth’s crust shifting across one another, but instead by an angry goddess.

Just as Odysseus offended Poseidon by blinding his son Polyphemus, so too have our burnt offerings of fossil fuels offended the goddess Gaia. Her retribution can be seen everywhere.

Michel Jarraud, secretary-general of the World Meteorological Organization, said his agency’s annual assessment of the global climate shows how dramatically people and lands everywhere felt the impacts of extreme weather such as droughts, heat waves, floods and tropical cyclones.

“Many of the extreme events of 2013 were consistent with what we would expect as a result of human-induced climate change,” he said.

Anyone else longing for the pre-industrial revolution days when there were no extreme weather events such as droughts, heat waves, floods and tropical cyclones? Like Odysseus before us, only after the deific wrath began have we realized our error.

If only Gaia had prophets who could divine her will, and lead us towards her favor. We need a priestly caste of sorts who can read omens and convey what we must do with without questioning or doubting.

Fresh off promises from CNN boss Jeff Zucker that the channel will pursue more stories on global warming — whether their audience likes it or not — CNN anchor Carol Costello presided over a segment with two religious figures agreeing that to deny climate change is to sin against God.

But Costello did much more than just moderate the “debate,” railing against “deniers” and questioning whether they’re “reading the Bible.”

Costello introduced her two guests, an evangelical minister and global warming activist and a CNN commentator (and Catholic priest) who believes climate change is a sin.

“Can’t we just say it like it is?” she said. “Climate change deniers aren’t listening to scientists, or they’re not reading the Bible. They’re denying global warming for purely political reasons, right?”

If your version of the bible doesn’t explicitly state that it is a sin to doubt that it is bad to burn a fuel source that came into use nearly 2,000 years after the holy document was completed, then drop Al Gore a line and he will replace it with his updated translation. TRIGGER WARNING! Multiple references to Gore’s 7th Chakra exist in this version and may induce PTSD episodes in anyone who has ever seen Al Gore.

Gore’s plan for appeasing Gaia is, of course, carbon taxes, which will lead to increased human misery and death, as that’s what happens when homes cannot be affordably heated and cooled. We shouldn’t be surprised though, as human sacrifice is often the key to satiating the bloodlust of the gods.

But not all see Gaia as a cruel and capricious goddess.

Bolivia is drawing up a draft UN treaty which would give Mother Earth the same rights as humans, including the right to life, to pure water and clean air.

The South American country wants the UN to recognize the Earth as a living entity that humans have sought to ‘dominate and exploit’.

The Patriarchy is more powerful than I thought if it can so easily dominate and exploit the goddess.

It aims to establish 11 new rights for nature which include: the right to life and to exist…

Is the right to life different than the right to exist? I’m not trying to nitpick. I simply wish to understand. 

…the right to continue vital cycles and processes free from human alteration…

So how do we pull that off short of mass suicide? Or was that the plan all along? Okay, but you go first.

…the right to pure water and clean air; the right to balance; the right not to be polluted; and the right to not have cellular structure modified or genetically altered.

The treaty is part of a complete restructuring of the Bolivian legal system and has been heavily influenced by a resurgent indigenous Andean spiritual world view which puts the environment and the earth deity known as the ‘Pachamama’ at the centre of all life. 

A genetically modified earth deity sounds kind of awesome. You’re starting to lose me here, Bolivia. 

The draft of the new law states: ‘She (the Pachamama/Mother Earth) is sacred, fertile and the source of life that feeds and cares for all living beings in her womb. 

All things come full circle when you stare at the left long enough. Gaia is apparently an unwed teen mother, unready for the burdens of parenthood. Her only real option is to abort us. Liberals just want to make sure the process is safe, legal and rare. 

 

 

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  1. user_653084 Inactive
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    @SalvatorePadula

    Frank- I have to say I’m a bit cross with you. Far too often, after reading one of your pieces my only thought is “yup.” It’s deeply frustrating.

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  2. user_1030767 Inactive
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    @TheQuestion

    Frank Soto:

    All things come full circle when you stare at the left long enough. Gaia is apparently an unwed teen mother, unready for the burdens of parenthood. Her only real option is to abort us. Liberals just want to make sure the process is safe, legal and rare for her.

    I think this maybe the most brilliantly insightful description of the environmental left I have ever read.

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  3. Eeyore Member
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    @Eeyore

    Frank Soto:

    It aims to establish 11 new rights for nature which include: the right to life and to exist…

    But I’m “PRO-CHOICE!”   There.  I’ve just invoked the most powerful I WIN, YOU LOSE concept in existence. Screw your petty parts-per-billion limits. I. HAVE. CHOICE.

    And, by the way, from what’s shown above, if this whole AGW scam doesn’t work out, Gaia could land a gig with the County Fair circuit as the Bearded Lady.

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  4. Franz Drumlin Member
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    @FranzDrumlin

    Gaia has a prophet. His name is Pentti Linkola. Those who wish to effect real change in mankind’s relationship with Nature should study him:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentti_Linkola

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  5. Misthiocracy Member
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    @Misthiocracy

    Funny thing. In ancient mythology, Gaia was a non-interventionist deity.

    Furthermore, the interventionist deities (Zeus, Poseidon, etc.) were irrational in their interventions.

    Therefore, trying to keep the gods appeased was pretty much an exercise in futility.

    Much like the policies of climate change fanatics.

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  6. Misthiocracy Member
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    @Misthiocracy

    Franz Drumlin:

    Gaia has a prophet. His name is Pentti Linkola. Those who wish to effect real change in mankind’s relationship with Nature should study him:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentti_Linkola

    The guy who dropped out of his zoology studies after a single year? Yeah, he’s a fine source of knowledge.

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  7. Roberto Member
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    @Roberto

    Our imminent destruction continues to rush forward and yet even the CNN viewer is bored by it all:

    CNN chief Jeff Zucker has an explanation for why his network doesn’t cover climate change that much: the audience isn’t interested…”When we do do those stories, there does tend to be a tremendous amount of lack of interest on the audience’s part.”

    Drastic action is called for and the way  forward is clear: there must be more human sacrifices.

    The Guardian reveals it to us:  North Korea: An Unlikely Champion in the Fight Against Climate Change

    Kim Jong-un: the leader a 21st century Mother Earth  is desperately crying out for

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  8. tabula rasa Member
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    @tabularasa

    Frank Soto:

    But not all see Gaia as a cruel and capricious goddess.

    Bolivia is drawing up a draft UN treaty which would give Mother Earth the same rights as humans, including the right to life, to pure water and clean air.

    The South American country wants the UN to recognize the Earth as a living entity that humans have sought to ‘dominate and exploit’.

     

    Frank, great post.

    Forgive me for raising a paradoxical question.  Let’s assume you are Gaia (aka Mother Nature).  You are a goddess of immeasurable power (like a million times more powerful than the Clintons).

    Given those assumptions, does Gaia really need Bolivia (or the UN, for that matter) to give her the same rights as humans?  I mean, isn’t that a BIG step down? I don’t think political equality is her thing.

    Given Gaia’s well-deserved reputation for being a bit irascible, I’d think twice about suggesting that Timmy, the mail boy, has the same rights as the CEO of the winds, storms, tides, et al.

    I say we sacrifice Evo Morales to Gaia. 

    Thoughts?

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  9. user_6236 Member
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    @JimChase

    Maybe we should just go back to throwing people in volcanoes.

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  10. user_240173 Contributor
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    @FrankSoto

    Jim Chase:

    Maybe we should just go back to throwing people in volcanoes.

     It is harder to find virgins than it once was.

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  11. Misthiocracy Member
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    @Misthiocracy

    Frank Soto:

    Jim Chase:

    Maybe we should just go back to throwing people in volcanoes.

    It is harder to find virgins than it once was.

    Not really. Just get Blizzard’s World of Warcraft subscriber list.

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  12. Kay of MT Member
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    @KayofMT

    Frank Soto:

    Jim Chase:

    Maybe we should just go back to throwing people in volcanoes.

    It is harder to find virgins than it once was.

     Only children or babies, and the Torah forbids passing your children through the fire of the human sacrifice cults.

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  13. Whiskey Sam Inactive
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    @WhiskeySam

    Pachamama is only slightly less well known than the urban goddess Hoochiemama.

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  14. Vance Richards Member
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    Jim Chase:

    Maybe we should just go back to throwing people in volcanoes.

     I think they want you to throw your SUV into the volcano.

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  15. TheRoyalFamily Member
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    Misthiocracy:

    Frank Soto:

    Jim Chase:

    Maybe we should just go back to throwing people in volcanoes.

    It is harder to find virgins than it once was.

    Not really. Just get Blizzard’s World of Warcraft subscriber list.

     Don’t volcanoes prefer female virgins?

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  16. Whiskey Sam Inactive
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    @WhiskeySam

    Regarding the initial point about questioning the why, I’ve long thought this is what drove so many of the conspiracy theories around JFK’s assassination.  If there is a conspiracy, or a why, it gives his death meaning.  Without the why, he’s just an unfortunate victim gunned down by a lunatic.

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  17. Martin Venator Member
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    Gaia has the right not to be genetically modified, eh? It’s certainly too bad that we humans introduced evolution by natural selection into Gaia’s immortal and unchanging harmony.

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  18. Z in MT Member
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    @ZinMT

    Nice. 
    The best thing to equate the environmentalist movement with are the people who went through The Great Disappointment back in the mid-1800’s.  At some point the lack of an environmental apocalypse will be obvious and a number of different religious sects will be spun off like the 7th Day Adventists, Christian Science, etc.

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  19. tabula rasa Member
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    @tabularasa

    At Powerline, John Hinderacker has a great article that makes a simple case, based on basic math and geometry, that things cannot possibly be as bad as the alarmists claim (e.g., three foot rise in the seas by end of the century).  Even I could understand it.

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  20. user_240173 Contributor
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    @FrankSoto

    tabula rasa:

    At Powerline, John Hinderacker has a great article that makes a simple case, based on basic math and geometry, that things cannot possibly be as bad as the alarmists claim (e.g., three foot rise in the seas by end of the century). Even I could understand it.

    John Hinderacker will heed the goddess’ warning, or he shall perish in flames with the other heretics.

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  21. neutral observer Thatcher
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    Bolivia is drawing up a draft UN treaty which would give Mother Earth the same rights as humans, including the right to life, to pure water and clean air

    Question:  when did the planet ever provide truly ‘clean water’?  Even before humans evolved and began discarding their waste into convenient rivers, animals have been drowning or dropping dead unfortunately in those pristine waters.

    It wasn’t until the last 100 years or so that any civilization has been able to rely on a pure supply of drinking water.  In fact the idea that humans would drink water to quench thirst is a thoroughly modern one; before recent times only boiled or fermented beverages were potable.  (It’s only been in recent years, also, that humans have lived in ‘smoke-free’ environments, but don’t get me started!)

    These folks don’t live in the realm of reality.

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  22. iWc Coolidge
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    @iWe

    This nature worship is nothing new: it is simple ancient paganism.

    And yes, we have human sacrifice. Abortion. Euthenasia to reduce our resource “draw”. And all the people who “fix” themselves to ensure they do not contribute to overpopulation. 

    Like classic pagans, it is the poor and weak who are thrown in the volcano. Look at the reflexive liberal hatred of free trade for the third world, for insisting that poor natives not be allowed to modernize and westernize and live longer, healthier lives.

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  23. Percival Thatcher
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    @Percival

    Whiskey Sam:

    Pachamama is only slightly less well known than the urban goddess Hoochiemama.

     I think I used to date her.

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  24. Roberto Member
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    @Roberto

    So the Bolivian’s believe they can seize advantage and gain the Goddesses’ favor through the UN? We’ll show them! Colorado is once again leading the nation and the world:

    Boulder County is considering adopting language to its comprehensive plan recognizing that nature — including plants and insects — has rights.

    The idea comes at the behest of a group called Boulder Rights of Nature, which is urging the planning commission to go even further and extend legal rights for humans to animals and trees.

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  25. Mario the Gator Inactive
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    @Pelayo

    tabula rasa:

    At Powerline, John Hinderacker has a great article that makes a simple case, based on basic math and geometry, that things cannot possibly be as bad as the alarmists claim (e.g., three foot rise in the seas by end of the century). Even I could understand it.

     I love this article.  Thanks for sharing this.

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  26. Mario the Gator Inactive
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    @Pelayo

    If Gaia really exists, why can’t CNN interview her?  Doesn’t Jeff Zucker have the clout to make that happen?  In the meantime, can Gaia tell us where that Malaysian flight went down?

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  27. Misthiocracy Member
    Misthiocracy
    @Misthiocracy

    Whiskey Sam:

    Regarding the initial point about questioning the why, I’ve long thought this is what drove so many of the conspiracy theories around JFK’s assassination. If there is a conspiracy, or a why, it gives his death meaning. Without the why, he’s just an unfortunate victim gunned down by a lunatic.

    If Oswald had simply been a random lunatic, it wouldn’t have been a problem.

    The problem was that he was a communist lunatic. He violated the sacred law that only right-wingers are violent lunatics.

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  28. user_129539 Member
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    @BrianClendinen

    Frank Soto:

    Jim Chase:

    Maybe we should just go back to throwing people in volcanoes.

    It is harder to find virgins than it once was.

     Actually I think that is just with whites. There are plenty of minority virgin being offered to her. It is no wonder why Liberal hate whites so much and they themselves have so much guilt. Whites don’t kill enough virgins.

    For every 5 black virgins, and 3 Hispanic virgins sacrificed to the goddess, whites only murder one of their own to the goddess. 

    So clearly whites are intolerant and need to suffer because we don’t sacrifice our unborn children to the goddess nearly as often. Therefor she curses us with larger incomes, more stable marriages, less guilt,  and more content lives. The horror.

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  29. Susan in Seattle Member
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    @SusaninSeattle

    The day the alarmists start using the word, “Stewardship” is the day they might get a little more of my attention.

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  30. danys Thatcher
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    @danys

    “…the right to pure water and clean air; the right to balance; the right not to be polluted; and the right to not have cellular structure modified or genetically altered.”

    The UN is going to have to do something about fish polluting water, the wind blowing dust & plant pollens. Non-human life isn’t safe either.

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