Saturday morning, during my trek from New Orleans to Virginia, I realized that I was quite near to the Georgia Guidestones – a rather impressive stone monument out in Elbert County, GA. Several friends had mentioned that I should really check this out during my trip around the country, and since I was close enough, I went ahead and made a detour, now immensely curious. I was not disappointed.
In the middle of a cow pasture, seemingly in the middle of nowhere just outside the town of Newberg, Georgia, stand four enormous granite stones, each 19ft tall. Each side of the stones is inscribed with ten principles for a new Age of Reason, each in a different language English, Spanish, Swahili, Hindi, Hebrew, Arabic, Chinese, and Russian.
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.
On the edges of the capstone on top of these monolithic slabs is written the equivalent of ‘Let these be guidestones to an Age of Reason’ in Babylonian cuneiform script, Classical Greek, Sanskrit and Egyptian hieroglyphs.
According to the granite stone flush with the grass to the west of the stones, the center cluster was dedicated on March 22, 1980 at the behest of a mysterious man who called himself “R.C. Christian”. According to Roadside America, Mr Christian “reportedly left $50,000 in a local bank, told the locals that they would never see him again, and vanished forever” – after providing extensive details on how the monument was to be constructed.
The story of the ordering of the guidestones, as defined by the Georgia Guidestones Guidebook itself, is:
“What started out as a usual Friday afternoon in mid-summer has ended in the production and erection of one of the world’s most unusual monuments, produced under the most unusual conditions. Joe Fendley, president of Elbert Granite Finishing Company, Inc. in Elberton, Georgia,was spending this Friday afternoon in June 1979 like he spends most Friday afternoons … studying his weekly reports and generally closing up shop for a weekend … and then it all started.
A neatly dressed man walked into Fendley’s Tate Street office and said he wanted to buy a monument. Since everyone else in the office was busy, Fendley decided to talk to the stranger himself and explained that his company does not sell directly to the public, but only on a wholesale basis.
Not to be discouraged, the middle-aged man who identified himself only as Mr. Robert C. Christian, said he wanted to know the cost of building a monument to the conservation of mankind and began telling Fendley what type of monument he wanted. With this he outlined the size in metric measurements.
Fendley admitted that his first reaction to Mr. Christian was not very good, but after listening for about 20 minutes and learning the massive size of the monument he wished to purchase and have erected, Fendley decided he should take this man seriously.”
While the mysterious R.C. Christian seems to have intenteded the monument as a message of conservation, opponents of the structure have labeled the principles as the “Ten Commandments of the Antichrist”, or according to the Vigilant Citizen website, “the work of an occult secret society”, naming the Rosicrucian Order as a possibility.
If, however, this R.C. Christian intended it as an art installation that would mess with people’s heads and cause wildly ridiculous definitions as to the ‘true intened meaning’ – I’d say he succeeded beyond his wildest imaginings and applaud his efforts.
My reaction to the overall message of this monument was particularly strong. It apparently brings out fairly strong reactions in many other people that visit it as well, as it’s been vandalized numerous times throughout the years.
I find myself further intrigued after my visit, and I think I’m going to go ahead and pick up the Georgia Guidestones book at some point. I’m quite fond of the fact that it’s published by The Disinformation Company.
You can see the author, Raymond Wiley, giving a talk about the stones here – with video of the site.