Rationalism

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American Stonetawell
Of uncertain impetus, the 20th century religious organisation known as the Rationalists became active by the 1960s. The movement takes as its founding prophet the early American philosopher and thinker, Thomas Payne, and their scriptures consist of his writings, notably Age of Reason.

Rationalists espouse a philosophy of good governance (with the ultimate establishment of a World Commonwealth), population control, man's relationship with the natural environment and a firm foundation in spirituality. Rationalism came to the (brief) attention of the American Press in 1979 and 1980 when the so-called American Stonetawell, a squarish dolmen, or henge, was set upon a high hill in county Elberton, in Jacobia province.

The henge was constructed in order to "...ensure the conservation of the world and to herald the coming Age of Reason. Should there be a holocaust in the civilised world, it is to be hoped that the guidestones become one of the most enduring things to help humanity start anew." Upon the dressed granite faces are written a sort of ten commandments for the Age of Reason, in all the chief languages of the NAL-SLC: Brithenig, English, Scots, Cherokee, French, Scandinavian, Iroquois and Castillian. Upon the central stone, the same ten precepts are engraved in four ancient languages: Sanskrit, Babylonian, Egyptian and Greek. The monoliths are arranged in such a way that the Pole Star, the noontime Sun and sunrise and sunset may be observed.

Let these be a guidestone to an age of reason.

  1. Maintain humanity under one billion - in perpetual balance with nature.
  2. Guide reproduction wisely - improving fitness and diversity.
  3. Unite humanity with a newly crafted living language.
  4. Rule passion - faith - tradition - and all things with tempered reason.
  5. Protect individuals, peoples and nations with fair laws and just courts.
  6. Let all nations rule upon 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.

Many, especially conservative Christians, have argued against the henge and its founders, presumably on account of their avowed Deism, decrying this religion of many Founders as a "dark spiritualism". Others see in Rationalism a sort of American mysticism, connected with the Masonic orders and the Illuminati.

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