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| "COMMON SENSE RENEWED" by "Robert Christian" (NOT THE GUYS REAL NAME. HE WAS ANONYMOUS)|
This book was written in 1986 by Robert Christian. This is the pseudonym of a private American citizen who has chosen to remain anonymous "in order to avoid useless controversy and to better focus attention on his thoughts rather than on himself." The true identity of the author (as well as the identities of the people he represents) remains unknown.
In 1986, copies of the book were distributed to several thousand "political officials and shapers of public opinion" throughout the world. All members of the United States Congress received copies, as did Reagan and Gorbachev.
The first edition of this book consists of one hundred copies printed on durable paper and bound in leather. These copies have been autographed by the author and are in the possession of The Georgia Guidestones Foundation. They will be given to donors who make major gifts towards completion of the monument by the addition of additional stones in languages not now represented.
I. Common Sense Renewed
II. The Georgia Guidestones
III. Cultural Evolution
IV. Guiding Human Reproduction
V. Suffrage in the United States
VI. Prospects for the American Economy
VII. Proposals for Improving Our Society
VIII. A Beginning for the Age of Reason
IX. On Revolution
X. Reflections on God and Religion
XI. On the Conversion of Russia
XII. To Make Partners of Rivals (Interesting that Obama made a "Team of Rivals")
At harvest time primitive farmers separate their grain by beating the stalks with flails on a threshing floor. They remove the loose straw, leaving a residue of grain, chaff, and dust.
This mixture is purified by winnowing - tossing it into the air to permit the empty husks and useless debris to be carried away on the wind. The grain kernels fall back where they can be recovered and put to use by the community.
I was privileged to be born an American at a time when our nation had achieved high levels of political liberty and material comforts for our people. I have enjoyed the benefits of our society and have had opportunity to observe the passing scene from a vantage point which has exposed me to human beings in all walks of life, representing a wide spectrum of political, religious, and economic views.
Having reached the harvest time of my own life, I feel a duty to share with you a few thoughts gained in my brief existence as a member of the human family.
Like primitive farmers, I place these ideas on the threshing floor of the public forum where that which is useless or in error - the straw, if you will - can be separated by the flails of critical discussion. I am hopeful that when the residual chaff has been winnowed
away there will remain a few kernels which can be added to the store of human wisdom in a manner that will contribute to the general welfare.
I have no pretensions to authority. I am a plain citizen, without scholarly stature or political experience. I present herein certain views dealing with a variety of subjects. Some of these thoughts, particularly those which relate to my private concepts of the cosmos and of our role within it, may offend certain of my readers because of seeming conflicts with their own cherished beliefs and traditions. It is not my intent to stir up controversy. Each of us is entitled to private views gained through personal experience. I do not challenge the opinion of anyone in these matters. I simply present my thoughts for those who seek to review a variety of opinions when dealing with controversial matters. Others may ignore them. I have attempted to seek Truth beginning from a starting point in space, and time, and cultural immersion which was determined for me by the accidents of human history. Each life is unique. We follow individual pathways to the grave. We cannot control many of the elements which determine our destinies and simply do the best we can with the opportunities which come our way.
I seek that degree of toleration and understanding which you would grant a family member whose philosophical views seem at first glance to be outlandish or out of step with the beliefs of others.
If you cannot agree with my views I ask only that you will base your contrary opinions on solid evidence and common sense, and that you will not permit your judgment to be overwhelmed by unreasoning faith in a manner that ignores honest evidence.
Collective human intelligence is capable of discovering acceptable solutions for the problems which confront us. We must work together to direct political and moral influences through channels of wisdom, not channels of brute force, or ambition.
Using common sense as our guide we must unite with the entire human family in establishing a limited world government capable of settling international disputes through a system of law. We must establish as a parallel objective the building of an enduring balance between human activities and the world of nature.
These will be first steps in creating an enduring Age of Reason.
I. Common Sense Renewed
Over two hundred years ago a perceptive Englishman, Tom Paine, arrived in America in the early stages of our struggle for independence. He came with the encouragement of Benjamin Franklin, who shared with him a desire for peaceful resolution of the frictions which had developed between the Colonies and Great Britain. Paine became incensed by the autocratic aspects of British rule. He summarized his beliefs in a tract entitled "Common Sense," which brought the issues into focus for the general public. He appealed to reason as the proper tool for resolving our problems peacefully. Unfortunately, human intransigence made war inevitable.
Today the world is confronted by increasing portents of nuclear war. It is essential more than ever before that we explore every means for rational, nonviolent resolution of worldly frictions. Once again we must look to common sense to find new pathways to peace.
These essays are addressed to open-minded citizens of all national, political, and religious persuasions who are willing to review our problems in the light of collective reason. Let us end once and for all the ultimate abomination - war. Let us stamp out politically motivated terrorism and assassination. I speak as a private citizen of the United States, professing neither great wisdom nor prophetic power. I do believe that human problems can be solved through nonviolent means. The difficulties which hamper our search for peace are rooted in our natures.
My personal religious beliefs are based imperfectly on those of Christ, as adapted to my understanding of reality. I can easily live in peace with others who hold quite different views, for I recognize the uncertainty of all human knowledge and the disparity of opinion which often marks appraisals by different individuals who view a common subject from widely separated viewpoints. Even our most dogmatic beliefs may prove to be in error when viewed against a background of new understanding. History is replete with human suffering which has resulted from inflexibility of belief, especially in the areas of religion and politics.
(See Audio #1 below for rest of Section 1 above)
2: The Georgia Guidestones (Time 13:40 on Part 1)
It's probable that humanity possesses even now the knowledge needed to establish limited but effective world government. That knowledge must be propagated in the conscientiousness of all mankind. The hearts of our human family must be touched and warmed to welcome a global rule by reason.
The group conscientiousness of our race is blind and perverse, and is easily distracted by trivia when it should be focused on fundamentals. We are in a critical era. Human population pressures are creating political and economic crises throughout the world. These make more difficult the building of a rational world society. Our expanding numbers cause wholesale destruction of the habitat of thousands of other species throughout the globe. (Is this depopulation)
The first step will be to convince humanity that a rational world order is possible. Let us keep in view enduring appeals to our collective reason. Let us draw attention to basic problems. Let us establish proper priorities. We must order our home here on the planet before we reach for the stars.
Our reason is the most powerful agency on earth. We must make humanity aware that compassionate and enlightened reason can control our destiny within limits inherent in our nature. It is difficult to seed wisdom in closed minds. Cultural inertias are not easily overcome. Unfolding world events and the sad record of our race dramatize the shortcomings of traditional agencies in governing human affairs. Increasing crises may make mankind willing to accept the system of limited world law that will stress the responsibility of nations to regulate their internal affairs and assist in the peaceful resolution of international frictions. With such a system we can eliminate war, provide every person an opportunity to seek a life of purpose and fulfillment. There are no alternatives to Armageddon. They are attainable, but will not happen without coordinated efforts by millions of dedicated people in all nations.
I am the originator of the Georgia Guidestones and the sole author of its inscriptions. I have had the assistance of a number of other American citizens in bringing the monument into being. We have no mysterious purpose or ulterior motives. (Yeah right!) We see common sense pathways to a peaceful world without bias of particular creeds or philosophies. Yet our message is in some areas controversial. I have chosen to remain anonymous in order to avoid debate and contention. Our guides must stand on their own merits. Stonehenge and other vestiges of ancient thought arouse our curiosity but carry no message for human guidance.
The Guidestones have been erected to convey certain ideas across time to others. We hope that these silent stones and their inscriptions will merit a degree of approval and acceptance down the centuries. By their silent persistence hasten in small ways the dawning of an age of reason.
Two interested citizens of Elberton have been instrumental in bringing this project to completion. They are not sponsors but have given invaluable assistance. They have served without compensation through motives of public service and even though they may not necessarily agree, with the author and all of his beliefs. Mr. Wyatt Martin, who has an interest in Georgia's history, served as the projects fiscal agent. He assisted in selecting a site for the monument that would provide public access while remaining within budgetary limits. He enlisted community support for a small public park as a site for the monument. Mr. Joe Findley, presently Mayor of Elberton, quarried the massive stones, engraved on them our message, and erected them on the site about 8 miles north of Elberton. (Is this site on the 33 degree parallel?)
The monument has been named the Georgia Guidestones. It consists of 4 large upright blocks of granite each (17:58) 2 meters wide and five meters high. They are arranged and mark the limiting positions of the rising and setting sun in Summer and Winter. (Oh, the Solstice?) They surround a central stone which is oriented North to South. A channel through the stone is aligned with the celestial pole. On its South base is a sundial marking noontime throughout the year on a closed curved figure which reflects the equation of time. Correcting the valuation between solar time and time as recorded with uniform human hours.
The capstone is inscribed with an appeal to reason in four archaic languages. The monument is intended to combine certain attributes of the Rosetta stone and many of the standing stones which are to be observed throughout Europe as remnants of past human societies. We believe each human being has a purpose and a significant place in the divine plan of the universe. The celestial alignment of the stones symbolizes our need to be in harmony with eternal principles manifest in our natures and in the universe around us. The two large faces on each of the four central stones are inscribed with 10 precepts or guides. The A face is carrying the same text in a different language. The English version has fewer than 100 words. The languages were selected for their historical significance and because of their use by people now living.
It would not have been possible for us to represent each of the 3,000 languages known to exist in the human family today. It is hoped that as time passes other stones can be erected in outer circles to mark the migrations of the moon and possibly other celestial events. These stones would carry our thoughts in additional languages. (19:33) Perhaps the stones will be copied in other lands by those who share our hope for a peaceful world based upon shared ethical values and a common respect for human reason.
The Guidestones are not intended to have sectarian appeal. They are a reminder of the challenges that face present and future generations of humanity. They are intended to encourage efforts to meet those challenges rationally without favoring particular religions or political systems. We believe our thoughts are rational proposals for dealing with the problems that confront us. They are intended to stimulate discussion and logical compassionate action. Humans are special creatures. We are shepherds for all earthly life. We are players in the internal struggle between good and evil. The forces which build and those which destroy. We must strive to optimize our existence for ourselves and those who will follow. We must accept the guiding role we can infer from our observations of the human situation and the complete mantle of life on earth and in the universe of struggle, conflict and endless change. Perhaps these phenomena reflect eternal turmoil in the very soul of God. (Oh, really!) 20:37
We appear to be in a major agency in which good and evil qualities of the spirit become active in our world. Within us there are elements of love, mercy and compassion. There are also hate, cruelty, and cold indifference. We appear to be the only agents capable of consciously working to improve this imperfect world. It is not enough for us to simply drift with the current. The rational world of tomorrow lies ever upstream.
The most pressing world environmental problem is (21:09) the need to control human numbers. In recent century’s technology and abundant fuels have multiplied humanity far beyond what is prudent or long sustainable. (Says who?) We can foresee the impending exhaustion of certain energy sources and the depletion of many vital raw materials. We are wantonly vandalizing the world of nature. To control our reproduction is crucial. This will require major changes in our attitudes and customs. Unfortunately the inertia of human habits can be extreme. This is especially true when those for whom custom is a dominant force are uninformed of the need for change. Nearly every nation is overpopulated (21:46) in terms of a perpetual balance with nature. We are like a fleet of overcrowded life boats confronted with an approaching tempest. In the United States we are seriously overtaxing our resources to maintain our current population in the existing state of prosperity. We are destroying our farmland and have grown dangerously dependent on external sources for oil, metal and other non-renewable resources. Nations such as Japan, Holland, and Haiti are even more seriously overpopulated and therefore in greater jeopardy.
Reproduction is no longer explicitly a personal matter. Society must have a voice and some power of direction in regulating this vital function. The desires of human couples are very important but they must not neglect the consideration of society at large. The general welfare of this and future generations must be given increasing consideration as we develop plans for rational guidance for our procreation. No person should be brought into the world unwanted and unneeded. No child should be conceived through carelessness. If each life is to have value, every conception must be part of an ordered plan of two parents who are aware of their responsibilities to that child and to society. (Who is this guy?)
It is vitally important that each national government have a considered population policy. (23:21) The need is urgent and should take precedence over other problems, even those relating to national defense. Population control is a global problem. The actions of one nation have far reaching effects on others. Overcrowded human beings and conditions of squalor and ignorance are dehumanizing. It is an evil which must not be tolerated. Each nation must consider the present and future availability of all resources required for its long continuing survival. With proper allowances for the interchange of commodities that are over-abundant in some areas and scarce in others, rational estimates must be made of the optimum population (Wow, didn’t the book “EcoScience” talk about this also?) which can be sustained by those resources on a perpetual time scale. (23:58) Each nation must make this determination for its own people. It may give assistance to its neighbors, as it chooses as requested, but in the final analysis each nation must determine its own population goals and must formulate plans that will achieve them. No nation having regulated its own population should be expected to burden its citizens with the unwanted surplus of improvident neighbors. Nations with optimum populations can provide comfort and education for their own citizens and give assistance to others. They can be good world citizens. (24:31)
Nations which are overcrowded and poverty-stricken are problems for the entire world community. (So, what are we going to do with them R.C.?) There are still significant reserves of fossil fuels and mineral resources sufficient perhaps for a century of adjustment, but time is running out. Immediate action is required to avert disaster. A few generations of single-child families will make possible dramatic improvements of living standards in even the most impoverished countries. In all nations a major determinant of living conditions will be the ratio of available resources to the number of citizens who must share them. Irresponsible childbearing must be discouraged by legal and social pressures (25:07). (What will those be R.C.?) Couples who cannot provide a decent home and support for a child should not produce children to be a burden for their neighbors. (25:15) Bringing unneeded children into an overcrowded lifeboat is evil. It is unjust to those children. It is harmful for other occupants and all living things. Society should not encourage or subsidize such behavior. (25:27) Knowledge and techniques for regulating human reproduction are now in existence. Moral and political leaders throughout the world have a grave responsibility to make this knowledge and these techniques generally available. This could be done with a fraction of the funds now devoted to military purposes. In the long run such action could do more than anything else to reduce the tensions that lead to war.
One of the many means already available for controlling human fecundity, some are acceptable to most cultural groups, others are not. Better, safer and more easily mass applied techniques (25:59) are urgently needed, especially in underdeveloped nations which are experiencing major reductions in death rates for basic medical and sanitation practices. Much controversy now rages over the acceptability of abortion as a last resort for eliminating unwanted pregnancies. (26:15) Keeping these discussions, may subsidize somewhat, as we better understand the nature of life and discuss further the philosophical question of emolument or the acquisition of human nature by a fertilized ovum. (26:27)? We must know the human zygote perpetuates a flame which began on earth more than two billion years ago. A flame that has been transmitted from generation to generation in a continuous unfolding of the potentials for variety which were present in the first living cells.
We cannot point out the precise moment in that ongoing succession of living things when life was transformed from something definitively less than human into a new form representing a higher order of life,(27:00) awareness and intelligence. Much evidence suggests that we are still very close to the anthropoid apes not only in our general body structure and physiology, but also in the precise patterns of the genetic coding within our chromosomes. (27:12) It has been estimated that several billion letters of our genetic alphabet differ in fewer than two percent of their sequences from those of a gorilla. The development of the human being from the fertilized egg follows the sequence that parallels the evolution of all warm-blooded creatures from simple one cell beginnings. In the early stages we resemble lowly animal forms. Later on, our embryonic bodies (and those of other mammals of a similar period of development) resemble fishes with gill clefts in our neck regions and other striking similarities. Only in the latter stages of embryonic development can a human embryo be distinguished from the embryo of monkeys or apes. (27:53) Religionists may hold differing opinions as to when in our development the multiplying cell clusters became human possessing a spiritual soul and the rights and considerations due a person. (28:00) Some religious spokesmen contend that any product of human conception is human. How they regard the occasional monstrosities or teratomas tumors which may follow the imperfect fertilization or development of the human ovum is not clear. We do know that a fertilized human egg is autoportant (is this a French word?) capable of developing into a human being or even several identical individuals. But it has also been learned that all living cells in an individual human being, even skin or white blood cells, have within them identical potentials. Each is, in theory at least, capable of reproducing the individual from which they derive.
Many plants and animals multiply asexually, reproducing themselves from body cells that are not part of the reproductive organs. Fruit trees and many plants have been cloned in this manner for centuries. Each generation duplicating the genetic nature of the original twig or bud from which the entire succession was derived. In a recent year similar cloning has been achieved with certain animals including some vertebrates. In theory a human being could be reproduced in like fashion. (29:12)
A human body sheds millions of cells from its internal and external surfaces every day. Each of those cells appears capable of reproducing a complete body from which it falls. Some dedicated and sincere opponents of abortion believe it is murder to destroy an early human embryo, even at the single cell stage of development. How these individuals will regard the implications of cloning human beings from skin cells is yet to be learned. (29:37) In light of conventional wisdom and traditional morality, abortion must be considered an evil, but there can be even greater evils. Consider abortion in the case of a pregnancy resulting from rape or incest, especially in a young girl whose body may have been invaded in a manner most repugnant. Compare her situation with that of young men who are drafted into military service against their will and who are pitted against equally unwilling young opponents for legalized mass killing of one another using the most advanced weapons modern technology can devise. Which killings are murders? (30:06) Sometimes we must choose the least evil within an array of evils. (30:10) Certain abortions may be lesser evils than available alternatives and thus be more morally defensible. Hopefully the development of absolutely effective methods for aborting unwanted pregnancies will make these questions irrelevant. (30:23) Our reproduction will become fully controllable through humane and rational means. Failure to utilize those means may ultimately be the greatest evil of all. (30:31)
In these delicate areas of moral judgment humanity must rely on the collective conscious of our race (30:37) No single individual or group should impose its position on others until a consensus has been developed from the best informed and most compassionate spokesman from all groups. (30:45) (So R.C. is this the oligarchy?)
Each bird in a migrating flock has its nervous system mechanisms for guiding its course to the north or south in a manner which depends upon perceptions of star patterns, magnetic fields and solar motions. If those perceptions are so feeble that a single bird relying on its own impulses might go astray. (31:04) Nature has evolved patterns which group individuals into gray flocks within which the tendencies in individuals are combined into a unified guiding force for the entire assembly. (Do you mean a consensus building focus group whereby the leadership comes with a predetermined outcome and manipulates the crowd into thinking they made the decision?) Perceptions of the larger group, although still susceptible to failure, are in most cases successful in bringing all the members simply to their goal. There may be safety in closing our larger moral issues to be resolved through informed deliberations by the best informed minds of the entire human family. (31:30) (And you and your buds will choose them, right?)
A diverse and prosperous world population in perpetual balance with global resources will be the cornerstone of a rational world order. (31:44) People of good will in all nations must work to establish that balance. We must have confidence in the informed judgment of humanity. The problems of population control can be solved before mass starvation or conflict destroys the earth. (31:55)
Human reason can meet the challenges thrust upon it in future ages. Let us and those who come after us apply that force in all areas of our lives. A world language need not eliminate national languages (32:06) Every spoken language is useful for it helps to segregate its unique segment of humanity from the general of mass permitting it to develop its potentials in its own environment influenced by its own traditions. Variety is intrinsically good and it's to be encouraged. Literature and all the arts flourish under the sheltering protection of a language which is developed in a common culture. The national languages may also be divisive and can permit islands of misunderstanding to develop and grow into sources of major difficulty. (32:37) (Where is he going with this?) No language in general use today has consciously designed by human effort. Attempts to create a design language have been adaptations from existing patterns. They have not been based on fundamental analyses of our speech mechanisms and thought patterns. Widely spoken languages throughout the human species reflect our inner nature as it has evolved on the tree of life. They share many common futures but continue to change and evolve as if they too are living creatures.
We suggest that scholars throughout the world begin now to establish new basis upon which intergeneration’s can develop a totally new universal language for men and machines. (33:11) It will be adapted to our speech mechanisms and to the language faculties and patterns impressed in our nervous systems. Its spoken and printed forms will be capable of accurate interchange by electromechanical means. (33:35) Properly designed and stabilized, the common tongue for all nations may some day span chasms which would otherwise divide the human family. It will make possible the accurate transferral of thought down the long reaches of time. It need not be spoken by all. It will be most useful for those who bridge international barriers, and for scholars in the remote future who interpret the past. It will help maintain unity and diversity. (34:08)
When the central cluster of the Georgia Guidestones was completed, our small sponsoring group was disbanded leaving the monument in the safekeeping of the people of Elbert County, Georgia. (34:14) If the inscriptions are dimmed by wind, and sun and time, we ask you to cut them deeper. If the stone should fall or be scattered by people of little understanding, we ask you to raise them up again. (34:26) We invite all who share our goals to extend the monument with our stones to carry its thoughts in languages already represented. Added stones, oriented with celestial phenomena, can continue the central theme of the guide stones - the acceptance of universal eternal principles in directing the course of human affairs.
The guides are not religious, they are not commandments, and we have no authority to command. Affirmation of our thoughts can only occur as they are endorsed and supported by the reasoned judgment of this and future generations. We invite human beings of all persuasions to consider them with open minds adapting them to the changing circumstances of unknown future centuries.
Let these be guide stones to an AGE OF REASON. (then he lists the 10 principles on the stones) (35:33)