Talk:Gaia and the Stellar Lottery

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In the discussion after the reading of the play within the January 14th Weekly Service Call, Ben critiqued this play in two ways:

The first one that I would like to discuss is this: he felt that the play used the idea that living beings exists somewhere ethereally before they come into existence. And he felt this idea was woo.

At the time, I (EricSaumur 16:06, 15 January 2017 (UTC)) argued that the metaphor was not perfect and Rico defended me by saying that I was using artistic license. However, I think that the metaphor actually works pretty well. Let me explain:

Gaia is a personification. She doesn't even exist in reality let alone in an ethereal brane before her existence. But what she represents is the Body of all Life and that does exist. Likewise, the 'ethereal plane' in the play is a metaphor or perhaps 'placeification' which is like a 'personification' (a metaphor that makes a person out of something that is not a person) but is a metaphor which makes a _place_ out of something which is not a place. That ethereal plane represents the possibility space of life coming into being on planets. The ethereal beings who drop dice in Gaia's cup are giving her chances at coming into existence. They represent the universe, which by its very creative nature gives life chance after chance to come into existence. What does the buying of lottery tickets with dice really mean. I am not certain. Lottery tickets, by their very nature, have to be bought. But pre-existent Gaia has nothing to buy them with. So the universe gives her tokens to buy them with. The whole buying lottery tickets with dice thing is really just a repetition of the same metaphor, the universe giving her the chance to come into existence. But the lottery tickets, being decorated, as instant win lottery tickets usually are, with symbols, can more clearly represent the nature of the chance to win than any other metaphor for chance that I could think of. So I added the dice in order that she might be given the chance by the same agents who later sell the chance. I don't know, its all weird.

The point is that the whole ethereal plane is a placeification of the possibility space from which Gaia came into existence.

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