System: Incoming private message from user DeepDark:
(15:34)DeepDark: Thanks for your prompt response, Professor. Of the two, I'd say I'm more interested in the view Gaian leadership had of Gaia itself. My research spans both history and sociology, and understanding the meaning Gaia had for the leadership might be integral in learning just how this cult came to be.
/message reply well, there are a lot of sects of gaia, which is really ironic, all things considered
/message reply they have this big "one past, one future" theology they like to harp on about. supposedly, they believe in some vague, ill-defined apocalypse in which humankind will merge into a transcendent gestalt entity
/message reply there's an often bloodly debate among their theologians whether gaia is this entity, or the apocalypse that precedes it
/message reply some sects include "criteria" for acceptance into this gestalt, whatever it's called
/message reply and this is how they justify their war crimes
/message reply incidentally, it's not unusual for the leaders to adopt names styled after this belief. "unus relicuum", grammar error aside, would mean "one future".
/message reply however...
/message reply there's a growing theory that the gaian leaders don't believe in a future at all
/message reply gaia is the universe, and it is dying
/message reply but they don't tell that to the rank and file :P
/message reply it's a fringe theory, but it does go a ways towards explaining some things. would you like to hear more, or should i stick to more mainstream understandings?