|World Population Graph (billions)|
Since reading Ishmael, I have spent a lot of time looking at how Ishmael impacted other people. After looking at this population graph, I started wondering what other people thought about population after having read Ishmael. I came across these photos of the Georgia Guidestones. They have inscriptions in them from several different languages and four ancient dialects. They list rules or “guidelines” that the human race should follow. I’m not sure if we really should listen to what they say, but I found them kind of interesting.
|The Georgia Guidestone in English|
- Maintain humanity under 500,000 in perpetual balance with
- 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.
|Entire Georgia Guidestone monument|
The “be not a cancer on the earth” portion really rings true in our current state. The engraved tablet seems to list all of the fundamental actions we should NOT take in order to successfully survive on the planet, and yet, it seems that we have completely ignored it.
I can’t say that the principles on this stone tablet are completely valid and I’m not trying to say we should follow all 11 rules, but taking it into consideration might shed some light on our current situation.
Maybe we can get more people to realize that we have a problem here and get them on board to help repair the damage we have already created.
To end the post positively, I came across a quote on the web by Ralph Waldo Emerson that reads, “We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided by each private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities.”