Y'all know I love a mystery and conjecture. Here's a fun one—the Georgia Guidestones.
Let's look at Wikipedia's description:
The Georgia Guidestones is a large granite monument in Elbert County, Georgia, USA. A message comprising ten guides is inscribed on the structure in eight modern languages, and a shorter message is inscribed at the top of the structure in four ancient languages' scripts: Babylonian, Classical Greek, Sanskrit, and Egyptian hieroglyphs.
The structure is sometimes referred to as an "American Stonehenge." The monument is almost 20 feet (6.1 m) tall if the buried support stones are included, exactly 18 feet (5.5 m) otherwise, and made from six granite slabs weighing more than 240,000 pounds (110,000 kg) in all. One slab stands in the center, with four arranged around it. A capstone lies on top of the five slabs, which are astronomically aligned. An additional stone tablet, which is set in the ground a short distance to the west of the structure, provides some notes on the history and purpose of the Guidestones. In June 1979, an unknown person or persons under the pseudonym R. C. Christian hired Elberton Granite Finishing Company to build the structure. One popular hypothesis is that the patron's pseudonym may be a tribute to the legendary 17th-century founder of Rosicrucianism, Christian Rosenkreuz.
Here are the directives written upon the guidestones in a variety of languages:
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.
So, what do you think? Sound like a 60s hippie wrote these guidelines? Do any of them catch your eye and make sense?
Long ago, I swore that I would never die until certain criteria were met in my world:
1. Women made the same amount of money at the same job as men.
2. Zero population growth.
3. No more dependence on fossil fuels.
What would you have put on the directives?
I think these are amazingly relevant words!ReplyDelete
I think the world would be a much better place if we had listened to them.
i'd probably wrote "indulge but not at others' expenses".ReplyDelete
Never heard of this before. Sounds interesting.ReplyDelete
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Yes, I agree with Syneloi ...ReplyDelete
although , I haven't a damn clue what he just wrote.
He just wrote it with such meaning.
I love this blog! :)ReplyDelete
Following and supporting!
The stones definitely make you stop and think. America did Mt. Rushmore as a kind of permanent statement, but wouldn't it be cool to have our own stonehenge'ish thing? Perhaps put the constitutional bill of rights or something? I'd love to leave something like that out in the desert for someone to find and wonder at who did it and why. I'd love to leave a puzzle as big as the ghost/haunting puzzle is.ReplyDelete
Yes--he made some very compelling statements--perhaps for Viagra? I'll never know.
Very mysterious. Who paid for this?ReplyDelete
The South is so strange.ReplyDelete
#1 Burn hippies not oil.ReplyDelete
ya nothing unites humanity by wasting money on some rocks :)ReplyDelete
The first (and only) directive should be "Don't be a douchebag"... it kind of makes the rest pointless.ReplyDelete
You're right and that could have saved a lot of money by being spray painted on the side of an Exxon gas station.
Sounds a lot like New World Order stuff to me. If we're gonna get the population down to that level, a LOTTA folks gotta die. Any volunteers?ReplyDelete
There's also a hole in one of the stones that allows the North star to shine through. But since the positions of the stars change over centuries, eventually the hole would be "off". HOWEVER, the natural rate of granite's erosion is such that the hole will be large enough to still align with the star even after centuries. Weird, huh?
That you're an expert at hole alignment intrigues. Yes, someone did put some thought into this and, yes, as much as natural disasters suck, they are natures way of burping to allow more room. The population issue is a crazy one. It's like we're in a raft with the rations of food and people want to have the right to eat all the food they want the first day. Do we stop their rights and protect the food supply to last longer? Well, who has the right to have 5 or more kids??? Okay, off my soapbox. At some point we have to quit thinking of children as a lifestyle choice and think of it as a burden on the world and limit people's breeding.
This is fascinating, I've never heard of these before. I like the population control and respecting nature piece. Wise words unheeded thus far.ReplyDelete
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