Don’t talk to strangers. Listen to them. You might learn something new.
That’s what I did about five years ago when someone told me all about the Georgia Guidestones. What are the Georgia Guidestones? If you want more details, check out this wikipedia article. In the meantime, here are the Coles Notes:
Basically, the Guidestones are some large granite slabs that were commissioned to be cut and erected in the late 1970’s. They stand atop a hill in Albert County, Georgia. The stones bear the same ten inscriptions in eight different languages. There is a lot of mystery around the man who started the project and his intent behind these inscriptions.
The stones have whipped a lot of people into a frenzy, and maybe that’s what the commissioner of the stones, R.C. Christian, intended. The stones have been repeatedly defaced by vandals. Some have suggested the Guidestones be “smashed into a million pieces”.
The stone haters have said anything from, “The stones are the work of the devil,” to, “They were erected by a shadow government trying to establish a New World Order.” I think it was more likely the brainchild of an eccentric millionaire.
Let’s forget for a moment why the stones were erected and see what they actually say. Here are the ten inscriptions, likened by some, to commandments:
- Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.
- Guide reproduction wisely — improving fitness and diversity.
- Unite humanity with a living new language.
- Rule passion — faith — tradition — and all things with tempered reason.
- Protect people and nations with fair laws and just courts.
- Let all nations rule internally resolving external disputes in a world court.
- Avoid petty laws and useless officials.
- Balance personal rights with social duties.
- Prize truth — beauty — love — seeking harmony with the infinite.
- Be not a cancer on the earth — Leave room for nature — Leave room for nature.
I don’t see much controversy with most of the inscriptions. They seem, for the most part, like common sense. They seem to reflect humanity’s morals and are in line with many of the teachings of the major religions. For the most part.
Number one gets under some people’s sheepskin because it sounds genocide-y. I disagree. It doesn’t say how to get the population under five-hundred million, just that we should maintain it there. My guess is this will happen organically. We have effectively reduced the population of a whole swath of species on this flying rock ball already. We just need to stay on course and humans will be next.
If I was the person designing these stones I probably would have left number one off the list. It raises too many questions about the intent of the author. It makes him/her seem a little Hitler-esque. Many people will see it and not even read any further.
Number three puts the biblical crowd a little on edge. One-world-language talk reminds them too much of Genesis 11: 1-9, also known as “The Tower of Babel” story. This is the one where God witnessed human beings working together to build the CN Tower on steroids. They were aided in their quest to bake bricks and stack them to heavenly heights by the fact they shared a common spoken language. God sorted this all out by scattering them around the earth and confusing their language. I bet that’s not how your anthropologist friend told you languages around the world formed.
More inscriptions. Guide reproduction, improve fitness, seek harmony, et cetera, et cetera. Most of the rest of these guidelines seem consistent with what I would try to teach my followers if I had followers.
This brings me to the grand finale and the purpose of this post. Rule number ten. Thou shalt not be a cancer upon the earth and thou shalt leave room for nature. I couldn’t agree more.
Until politics and greed take a backseat to the physical limitations imposed by nature, this cancer known as modern society will spread. The neat thing about this type of cancer is that it doesn’t kill the host. It makes the host sick at first, but in the end, the host kills the cancer. Us. We will be gone and the earth will start a round of chemo.
Can’t we pump the brakes or steer off of this collision course before that happens? Probably not, but it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try. Not being a cancer upon the earth means many things, but to make a big change we need to start with manageable chunks, right?
So, my challenge to you is this: stop buying unnecessary shit.
Until we have a Prime Dictator to put politics aside, say, “Enough is enough,” and give us a pants-down spanking when we deserve it, we have to police ourselves. One of the easiest ways to get started is to abstain from the products on my shit-list.
The first product on my shit-list was the Keurig brewing system. Read all about it here. The intersection of my respect for an individual and my hate for the Keurig brewing system is dangerous territory for me. In order to stand by my convictions, I may have to hurt someone I respect.
The second product on my no-no list was the high rubber boot, commonly known as Wellies. Look, if you actually have a logical purpose for wearing rubber boots, then by all means, shell out your hard-earned cash for these ones. I’ve heard they are made to a decent standard of quality, and I respect a product that will last a long time. But if you’re just buying these to “look cool”, trust me, you don’t. When the fad fades, you’ll be the contributor of another chunk of rubber on the landfill heap.
To wrap up this rant, let me show you one of the most heinous additions to the shit-list. I won’t even describe it in words. Here, instead is a picture:
If you bought one of these, please go down to the Leaf Rake station and accept your punishment.