The Gaia movement, the ideological paradigm that views the earth as a singular living organism, is a variant of progressivism. It is an ideology that especially appeals to self-hating, guilt-afflicted, socialist caucasians. Progressivism is an ideology that views inequity (inequality of outcome) as inherently evil, caused primarily by selfish individuals acting without restraint, and which can only be remedied via coercive collectivism. The perception of Gaians is similar: ie pollution inequitably impacts non-humans, pollution is a function of humans acting without restraint, and the inequity caused by pollution can only be remedied by collective coercion.
The coercive nature of progressivism appeals to control freaks, the slothlike, and those who feel they are owed by some nebulous “society” or “identity group” for some ambiguous, collective injustice. Gaianism (like all other variant strains of progressivism such as eugenics, Marxism, globalism, etc) views an individual’s unalienable right to life as invalid. Gaians view humans, at least those that resist their concept of an earth as a singular, living organism, as merely a cancer or parasite preying upon it.
One of the biggest problems with Gaians is their incomprehension of “value”. Value is a human concept. It is also a personal concept. And it is a contextual concept. A starving man will value a cheeseburger much more than a man who has just finished a holiday feast.
Without humans, there can be no “value”. Thus, without humans, the earth ceases to have value because there is no one to “value” it.
The Gaian’s (like all progressives) perceive “value” as collective, or defined by something beyond the realm of any individual’s perception. “Value” to a Gaian is, therefore, undefinable… unless a high Gaian priest steps forth to define it for everyone. This comes into conflict with human nature because human’s are, by evolutionary or divine design, motivated by self-interest which forms the basis of how they ascribe value.
Thus Gaians deny the individual. Ultimately, they would deny the individual right on out of existence.
Notice the pillars of the Gaian Church of Euthanasia?
Sounds like a cult of death worship to me.
George Orwell (a recovering socialist who died of tuberculosis before he could fully relinquish his fantasy of benevolent collectivism) correctly identified collectivists as a cult of “death worship”. He predicted its ultimate extension embodied in Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge which massacred 1/3 of Cambodia. Regardless of the mask put upon it… whether it be Big Brother, a swastica, an eagle, or a smiley gaia face, the progressive ideology remains the same: The individual must be denied and ultimately destroyed in order to preserve and promote the hive-mind.