Georgia Guidestones - Interesting little modern Stonehenge in the USA...
I recently looked into this, and there is quite the conspiracy around them. Here are the actual words printed on the stone monolith. They are merely repeated in the 8 most spoken languages on earth. After much study, I believe this to be a post-apocalypse recipe to re-establish humanity. I don't believe it's a good recipe, but I believe that is the context it was created in. So under the 10 actual items called out, I will put my takes on them. If anyone wants to learn for themselves, I'd encourage it. Lots of info is out there from the donor, R. C. Christian being a sneaky way of saying Rosicrucian origins. (Order similar to the Free Masons, but started by physicians.) I'm taking a very pragmatic look at this instead. Would this work to rebuild the earth/civilization from ruins of some unforeseen circumstance? Here's my take. Was a cool thing to look up and research. Good luck to those of you who do yourselves!
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.
My interpretations of them:
Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature. - This is simply way too sinister to suggest genocide and wiping out 6 billion plus people, so that is the premier reason I take this as a rebuild recipe rather than a genocide one. I consider this to be the establishment of the unit of earth. 1 earth, can support 500M primitive people safely. Doctors and the like think in terms of accuracy and precision. This merely establishes a unit of impact of a self sufficient human. I see it this way rather than a hard or absolute number. Advances in provisioning in units of scale, impact this number doubling, tripling, and further extending it without sacrificing that balance. The perspective that is new, is "build a future society based in this knowledge, not in spite of it." So this, while I have no way of saying is accurate or not, I can't say is a bad idea.
Guide reproduction wisely — improving fitness and diversity. - This one won't work, at least not with current religions and cultures. China tried this and ended up with families choosing only male babies, so much so that females are often kidnapped for sale as wives. Guiding reproduction while a good idea from the sustainability perspective, it just does not work in society.
Unite humanity with a living new language. - This too is not actually possible. We may have a common language, but the words do not have common meanings. No where is this more clear than in the politics we have today, and the ongoing war on words. Words we use every day, to give us comfort, like family, love, marriage, etc. instill rage and mouth frothing in some people. We will not be able to accommodate any sort of diverse culture if this one thing is ever actually allowed to be true. It would mean a society of people who all believe the same thing, and that just does not exist. (Thank God by the way because if it did, we'd all be white and speak German right now...)
Rule passion — faith — tradition — and all things with tempered reason. - This is generally good advice, but even so, it's fitting really only for an individual and not a society. There are things worth dying for, things worth sacrificing for, and positions that each of us cannot afford to concede an inch. (2nd Amendment to many of us, freedom of speech or freedom of religion to others, family to many.)
Protect people and nations with fair laws and just courts. - Again, like #3, who decides what "fair" means? Or "just"? Only works with "one people", one tribe.
Let all nations rule internally resolving external disputes in a world court. - And again, who would establish this "world court"? By which nation's laws would nations' disputes be regulated? Totally impossible to work.
Avoid petty laws and useless officials. - Noticing a theme here? Yep.. Who decides what is petty vs what is critical? Only possible with one nation, one tribe, and literal absence of diversity of opinion on anything.
Balance personal rights with social duties. - This just in... at scale, these don't balance. This only really balances within forms of slavery. Work for me, I will provide for you to live well, and in return I profit from your labor. That's fine but what if you got sick? Or injured? On a large scale, my paying for you might sink the company, and several families that were your peers would loose my help as I go down? Who could call that balance? Not me. This might sound good, but I don't know any who would choose this. Japanese culture comes closest, but again they literally were a lot like a slave nation in that they all view each other as peers regardless of their job. CEO vs Tea brewer vs Sword polisher vs whoever, they are one people in servitude to their country, proud to be so by choice. This works there, but fervently ends at the edge of their cultural identity. They will do no such thing for a non Japanese person, and there is virtually no path for any person to become Japanese either. Yet they are in fact some of the nicest people you're ever going to meet. Tolerant, respectful, open and secure, but you are not now nor will you ever be Japanese. Even then, this only works because they all agree to this together. Anyway, only works in a like minded, unquestionably committed society that likely is not diverse at all.
Prize truth — beauty — love — seeking harmony with the infinite. - I don't think I can even comment on this. Truth? Ok... but what is beauty? Love? Yeah again, this is not possible and does not scale beyond a tribe of people about as diverse as clones...
Be not a cancer on the earth — Leave room for nature — Leave room for nature. - ZOMG! The one bit that is not garbage! Leave enough of earth alone to let it heal the scar you made in living here. Nothing wrong with that one, it's IMHO great practical advice for everyone!
So in summary, it's in my opinion simply a very bad recipe for how to rebuild society for whichever single race happens to survive some future cataclysm. Please let me know what you folks think.