I recently watched a TV documentary about John Muir. The line that struck me was being out on the lake in the early evening inspires the soul. We feel part of it all, part of nature. I think that's the terrible damage religion has done to humanity. The church teaches we were created by God, and “in God's own image.” (What horseshit! When they told me that, I pictured God sitting on a toilet bowl.) They told us we're not part of nature, and in doing so did Gaia a terrible injustice.
To me, Tethys is the mother of life, not some plastic figurine of Mother Mary. (Tethys, the ocean, is the daughter of Gaia and Saturn, the Sky God.) Science teaches us life began in water, in fact our bodies are 99% water. It's what we literally are and we treat her (there's really only one ocean) like she was our cesspool. Realizing and understanding our evolutionary history, phylogeny, leads to humanism. Humans are the culmination of four billion years of very slow change.
I believe when the vast majority of humans realize this evident fact, Gaia will receive her proper love and respect, and that means living in harmony with nature first, then with each other. More than a cure for cancer, the world needs education, in particular evolutionary biology.