Georgia guidestones inscription

A few days ago, the Georgia guidestones made its way to the US news after the monument was brought down for “safety” reasons.

According to the Wikipedia, the ten guidelines that used to be inscribed there are the following:

  1. Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.
  2. Guide reproduction wisely–improving fitness and diversity.
  3. Unite humanity with a living new language.
  4. Rule passion–faith–tradition–and all things with tempered reason.
  5. Protect people and nations with fair laws and just courts.
  6. Let all nations rule internally resolving external disputes in a world court.
  7. Avoid petty laws and useless officials.
  8. Balance personal rights with social duties.
  9. Prize truth–beauty–love–seeking harmony with the infinite.
  10. Be not a cancer on the Earth–Leave room for nature–Leave room for nature.

According to the Wikipedia page, the message was delivered by its anonymous sponsors during the unveiling ceremony was:

“In order to avoid debate, we the sponsors of the Georgia Guidestones have a simple message for human beings, now and for the future. We believe our precepts are sound, and they must stand on their own merits.”

My comments:

  1. Who came up with this number? Who would be in charge of maintaining humanity under that number? Nature finds always the right balance without our help.
  2. It is wiser to follow nature's guidance rather than come up with our own.
  3. Which language would be? The idealist would say something like “it is the language of love and compassion”. The cynic inside me would reply it is actually English, and maybe Chinese in a few decades.
  4. Reason is useful, but not a one-fits-all solution. Sometimes passion is enough, we must have faith, or simply look back and learn from our ancestors' traditions, no matter how unreasonable it might seem at first glance.
  5. I don't need your protection. Respect is all I ask for. Your understanding of fairness and justice worries me.
  6. Great idea! But I guess you will preside such world court, right? If history is any indication, you might also profit for external disputes here and there.
  7. How can we get rid of useless officials? Particularly when they have accumulated a huge amount of power.
  8. A beautiful conundrum. We will never solve it, but we must try anyway.
  9. We have lost touch with the infinite long time ago. The meaning of truth, beauty, love has been perversely changed.
  10. It is the other way around, nature is leaving room for us. If we become a cancer—some argue we already are—she will get rid of us.

These guidelines start and end evoking nature, implying that we (or they, the authors) are above and not part of it. I have never agreed with Thomas Malthus ideas, and won't support neo-Malthusians.

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