If I were Gaia

Hamish Lindop
2 min readJul 17, 2023

I wouldn’t worry about subject object distinctions. My consciousness would be very holistic and kind of autonomic. It’d just be in a form that you can’t really understand. I don’t (need to) understand it either, not exactly. But if I were to notice some distinctions, I’d observe how you humans are making some big changes in me, on me. The sixth mass extinction you’re driving will take a few tens of millions of years for my flora and fauna to rediversify from. The melting ice caps might fundamentally change how water flows around my oceans. I might start getting some really heavy hot flashes. But I’m not worried about any of this. I have time. And you grew up, out of the complexity and diversity of all my species. You are me. All your creations are me. There’s a reason why you’re so anthropocentric, I’m sure it’s a good one, and I don’t mean that feciciously. I’m just not very motivated to figure out what it is, I don’t have a consciousness which is sharpened to figure out reasons why for things. You can do whatever you want. You’ve got to do it. You were supposed to believe that eternal GDP growth is the path to happiness for all. You were supposed to think of decoupling and “green growth” as ways to keep that myth alive, even as your civilization teeters on collapse, as my systems start to transform irreversibly. But it’s ok to me. I’ll regulate again, sooner or later. We have all the time in the multiverse, and eternity and infinity are always happening right now. Everything is mystical when you’re living autonomic.

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Hamish Lindop

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