This is a photograph of the Georgia Stones or American Stonehenge. These stones were erected to usher in a new Age of Reason. The title Age of Reason refers to Thomas Paine’s book by the same name. I find this interesting because I am currently reading a book written by Elias Boudinot (1740-1821) who was a delegate to the Continental Congress, served as commissary general of prisoners at the request of George Washington, and was President of the Continental Congress from 1782-1783 which made him the chief executive officer of the United States. Boudinot also signed the Treaty of Paris in 1783 that ended the Revolutionary War. Boudinot helped design the Great Seal of the United States and was an early proponent of the elimination of slavery which led him to establish the American Bible Society in 1816.
When Thomas Paine’s draft of Age of Reason first appeared, Paine was rebuked by George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, John Jay, and Benjamin Rush. Benjamin Franklin begged Paine not to print the pamphlet noting: “He who spits against the wind spits in his own face. If men are wicked with religion, what would they be without it?”
Therefore, the pamphlet was an abysmal failure in the bookshops. However, when Boudinot saw the pamphlet being purchased by the poorer citizens from the marked down table, simply because the affordable price and because, after all it was written by the same man that had written Common Sense, Boudinot became alarmed. He feared that those very citizens might question their faith and not having the expert education and library that he possessed might actually believe that what Paine was saying was true. As our republic stands according to the personal morality of its citizens, Boudinot felt he must do something to counter such lies, much as we are experiencing today. Boudinot published his own refutation of Paine – The Age of Revelation.
Paine saw the consequences of his Age of Reason upon his moving to France in the early days of the French Revolution. He was appalled at the bloodshed and cruelty of what he had ushered in with his pamphlet and begged for money to return to the United States. It is odd that Paine’s Common Sense used the logic and foundation of scripture to herald in a freedom that before had never existed in civil government, but his follow-up work denied the authority of God and scripture.
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.
These words are the guidelines to the philosophy of the United Nations Agenda 21 and the group ICLEI. This agenda has been embraced by the College Station City Council. If anyone is wondering at the breakneck speed with which College Station City Council is rushing to control your right to property and water, then you look no further than ICLEI. By understanding this group, you will then better understand how your right to private property ownership is under assault via trees and water.
Hat Tip: Sam Johnson