What is this?
It’s the Georgia Guidestones, the so-called Stonehenge of America. Comissioned in 1979 by one mysterious R. C. Christian, a wealthy man who claimed to be part of a larger group, who spent millions erecting 120 tons of granite. Each slab is inscribed with the same message in a different language: English, Spanish, Hebrew, Arabic, Ancient Babylonian, Sanskrit, Egyptian hieroglyphs, Hindi, Chinese, Russian, Classical Greek, and Swahili.
The inscriptions are meant as instructions for the survivors of a future apocalypse on how to rebuild human society. Creeeeeeeepy. Here’s what they say, in English:
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.
Naturally, they’ve become the target of conspiracy nuts and fundamentalist Christian activists who believe the guidestones represent the New World Order and a Luciferian secret society, respectively.
The stones are also astronomically interesting, with a peephole that points to the north star, a solar slot aligned with equinoxes and solstices, and a hole in the capstone that keeps track of the day of the year.
We also stopped by Tallulah Falls on our way to the Guidestones. Head over to my flickrstream for more pics.