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“You mean that we’ve crossed the tipping point and into ecosystem self-destruction?” Olivia asked. Her look was one of astonishment and concern.
“In order to create, first you must destroy” John said. “Earth is trying to rebuild the food chain from scratch, while there’s still time, and resources. She’s started at the bottom of the pyramid obviously – it’s always much easier that way. A few point mutations or lucky horizontal gene transfers here and there, and suddenly you’ve got something viable. Suddenly you’ve got something that can survive even in the infernal age we’re entering. Everything else and everyone else in the ecosystem now has to be built around those few, new organisms. It’s gonna be one brutal race to the bottom, even for those who survive”.
Olivia noticed the word “She” in John’s language. This was not the John she had come to know. It was a new John. A John emancipated from the sterile, formulaic science that was so blinded by its own tunnel vision that it was unable to see the big picture: to understand that everything is connected, that there is a higher wisdom in the way in which the world was constructed which humans will never understand. The more they try to harness this wisdom, the more damage they will cause because they are ignoring the Whole. This was one of the reasons why John referred to Earth as “She”: because to him, Earth needed to be afforded the honour, the recognition for being the ultimate scientist. The smartest, wisest and fairest scientist of them all.
“I’m afraid you might be right” Olivia said. “I mean, between the fires, the pandemics, the tropical forests becoming net carbon emitters, coral reefs dying, now this, it certainly looks like we are going through a complete destruction of the biosphere. The EoT has made its decision”
“Someone’s been reading my books” – John smiled
“The EoT has indeed made its decision, and it is always the same decision. It is not interested in individual players, that’s not important. It is interested in maintaining the overall balance of the Whole. Its priority is to ensure that Life continues on this planet, even if this means killing most of it in the process”
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