"...Therefore, we may consequently state that: this world is indeed a living being endowed with a soul and intelligence ... a single visible living entity containing all other living entities, which by their nature are all related." Plato, Timeus, 29/30; 4th century B.C.
"A soul was given to them (i.e. human beings, Ed.) out of those eternal fires which you call stars and planets. Those bodies are round and spherical, animated by divine minds, and they complete their circuits and orbits with amazing speed." Cicero, "The Republic", Book Six-15 (The Dream of Scipio); 1st century B.C., Oxford World's Classics
"It becomes clear that the processes on Earth are guided by a superior intelligence that far exceeds all human capacities, and that this intelligence deserves to be respected and trusted. We should be extremely cautious about our efforts to manipulate or control it from our limited human perspective." Stanislav Grof, M.D. with Hal Zina Bennett, "The Holotropic Mind", pg. 109. copyright 1993 by HarperCollins Publishers
"How wholly infused with God is this one big word of love that we call the world!" John Muir, "The Wild Muir", pg. 104 (A Geologist's Winter Walk) copyright 1994 by the Yosemite Association
NOTE: The first two quotations above come from a time when a geocentric model of the Cosmos was what most people believed. In this model, Earth was at the lowest level in the center and then moving upward were further levels (spheres) that got more and more divine the further one went. Consequently God was "up there" while things more base were "down here". The planets seen in the heavens (in some upper level or sphere) were more divine than Earth way at the bottom in the center. This model caused people to think that the god of the earth was not as divine as the other gods. The Copernican revolution changed all that by proving the earth was just like the other planets, moving around the sun as they do, and not at the bottom of some kind of divine "well". (Copernicus claimed he was inspired by Cicero to make this discovery). This new model thus implies that the god of the earth is at least equal to the other gods (planets) and not somehow a lesser god. And since we know that the earth is a living planet (god), more so than the other planets (gods), it may well be the most exalted planet (god) in the solar system! Traditional religion has yet to catch up with this reality and realize that Earth must be a very good and powerful god indeed.