As I wrote yesterdays column, the ideas expressed on the Georgia Guidestones came to mind. If all of these ideas became a reality, how would society change? Would poverty be eliminated? Would we create a balanced, fair society?
Just one of these ideas could lead to a novella on the subject. How might the ideas and ideals be achieved? How might they be maintained? If there is a ruling class, what rules or laws would they have to follow and how would that discipline be maintained?
How would we manage reproduction? Along the way, would our genetics be improved to enhance our immune systems, stave off the ravages of aging, and make us smarter? How would society manage the transition as the new, improved models took over from the less desirable?
How would we make room for nature? Would everyone live in a few, well-designed cities around the world? How would food be grown? Would there be several vertical farms for each city so that, what used to be farmland would be allowed to go fallow? Replicators, in lieu of grown foods?
Would we return to the concept of a nation-state? Would the world courts be designed to act much like a United Nations Council when it comes to legal disputes (which could outlaw war in all its forms.) How would any legal decision be enforced?
Look at these ten concepts as perfect for thought experiments. Fiction writers, in one form or another, have explored these ideas for centuries.
If we could bring just one of these ideas into reality, what would change? How would the quality of the human condition improve? Would we see any improvement at all, or would we see the same song, only with different words?
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. Truth — beauty — love — seeking harmony with the infinite.
10. Be not a cancer on the earth — Leave room for nature — Leave room for nature.
The point of this column is to show that story ideas can come from anywhere. As depressing as the idea might be to write about, how could the population of the world – some seven billion and counting – be reduced of a mere 500,000,000. And if that’s possible, how would that level of population be managed and maintained?
Within the world of fiction, there are no right answers. Only idea to be explored, ideas to be challenged. Along the way, we just might learn something about the human condition we didn’t realize before.
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