Friday, April 23, 2010
No, it is not.
This may come as a shock, but the Earth is not actually sentient. It is not Gaia. It is not your mother. It is a great big rock.
Like all other great big rocks observed thus far, it is inanimate and thus incapable of willful action.
The author of this piece, one Mr. Weisman, gets to ponder about this weighty matter because he wrote a book called The World Without Us, which was aimed right to the wheelhouse of liberal guilt: "I feel bad about me because I fail to live up to mom and dad's expectations. I am a human. Ergo, humans are bad and Earth would be better without us. At least, humans like me and mom and dad are. Charmingly ethnic humans might be okay, as long as they are sufficiently exotic."
Where did Weisman get the chops to discuss plate tectonics and vulcanism? Why, picking up his MA in Lit at Northwestern, of course.
Into the Soylent Green vats with you, prof.