Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Wednesday Weird: The Georgia Guidestones

In northeastern Georgia stands a bizarre and mysterious monument. But it wasn’t created during ancient times. Known as the Georgia Guidestones, this stone structure of five, 16-feet-tall, 20-ton slabs of polished granite is inscribed in eight modern languages with instructions for post-apocalyptic survivors attempting to rebuild civilization (as well as a shorter message in 4 ancient languages Babylonian, classical Greek, Egyptian hieroglyphics and Sanskrit)

In June, 1979 a man by the name of R.C. Christian (a pseudonym) hired a granite company to build the slabs. To this day, no one knows the identity of this man (except a banker who is sworn to secrecy)

The guidestones are oriented to track the sun’s east-west migration and have holes to allow gazers to locate the North Star.

A message consisting of a set of ten guidelines is engraved in eight different languages, one language on each face of the four large upright stones: English, Spanish, Swahili, Hindi, Hebrew, Arabic, Chinese and Russian.

The guidelines read:
  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.
And of course, the guidestones have led to plenty of conspiracy theories, most of them focusing on the supposed satanic nature of the guidelines. The stones have even been vandalized.

There you have it. Have you ever heard of the Georgia Guidestones?


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Never heard of them! Next time I travel through Georgia, I'll look for them though.

Matthew MacNish said...

Yep, I've heard of them, but never been there. It's all pretty vague and weird, but kind of cool.

Anne Gallagher said...

I've never heard of this but it seems pretty cool. Hey who knows, maybe they'll come in handy someday.

Anne said...

seems like a fair list

Maria Zannini said...

Never heard of it.

I wonder how long the banker is sworn to secrecy. Maybe we'll know when the owner dies. I'm curious too, if his views have changed since 1979.

Summer Frey said...


Oh, it's in Elberton. That's why. Nobody goes there.


Eliza Tilton said...

No. Weird!

Rena said...

Okay, that's awesome in it's crazy, but how is that a satanic message? People are crazy, but without a big chisel, vandalism isn't going to do much.

Michael Offutt, "Johnny on the Spot" said...

I haven't, but am glad that whoever put up this thing decided not to include religion.

Indigo said...

Never heard of them. Although it does make a great story arc. (Hugs)Indigo

Jamie Gibbs said...

The rules seem pretty sound to me. I wonder what the hieroglyphs say?

Jamie @ Mithril Wisdom

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