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Michael was the first to break the silence:
“I wonder what he thinks of all this now” he said while he browsed John’s old blog.
“He hasn’t written anything in years” replied Olivia. “It was his last few blogs essentially that killed his career as a biologist, from what I can remember. Either that or he just went off the deep end or something. I’ve heard somewhere he’s become a Minimalist now”.
“Like when he came up with that bizarre theory of the Earthnet Of Things?”, Michael said. “I think that was the point when other scientists stopped taking him seriously. I mean, this whole idea that Earth is no different from sentient beings, and that it uses the wind, temperature and humidity to collect intelligence on the planet – I think that was when he lost a big part of his audience – and I mean not just the scientists.”
“But I totally get him!”, Olivia replied. “All he was saying was that everything in nature is a series of processes: whether it is a life form breathing, waves washing ashore, clouds drifting, rivers flowing. Everything that is a process linked to all of these other processes, and which can respond and react to external stimuli, is essentially intelligent. It is a very simple theory, like action and reaction but taken to a spiritual level, as it suggests some type of karmic debt.”
“What I think drove people off the wall was the mere suggestion that a human could possibly be on par with a cloud. Most people are so arrogant and human-centric that they think intelligence is an exclusively human trait: that other animals, so-called “inanimate” processes such as storms, the water cycle, the carbon cycle, have no intelligence whatsoever. Basically, unless something can pick up the phone and order a pizza, then eat it, shit it and flush it, it is not intelligent. Yet here we are, witnessing Earth intelligently responding to our sins with the most ingeniously designed pandemics and phytoplankton blooms that no one could have ever expected. I’m telling you Michael, the Earthnet Of Things is out there! It is everywhere! It is the planet’s eyes and ears, and we are part of it too. You may think you can get away with sin on this planet, but everything works in a circle. Everything comes back to you, eventually.”
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