those natural disasters - earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, floods,
hurricanes, tornadoes, droughts, wildfires, and plagues - do they
serve to balance the natural environment?
of us still get all weepy when we think about the Gaia Hypothesis,
the idea that Earth is a big furry goddess creature who resembles
everybody's mom in that she knows what's best for us. But if you
look at the historical record - Krakatoa, Mt. Vesuvius, Hurricane
Charley, poison ivy, and so forth down the ages - you have to ask
yourself: Whose side is she on, anyway?
Ehrenreich: The Worst Years of Our Lives, Harpercollins,
is trying very hard to make us succeed, but nature does not depend
on us. We are not the only experiment.
Buckminster Fuller : Interview, April 30, 1978.
nature there are neither rewards nor punishments - there are
Green Ingersoll: The Truth, 1897.