A little bit of background for perspective. A number of years ago, I read an article in Wired by Randall Sullivan entitled "American Stonehenge" . The article was about the Georgia Guidestones. Up until that point I had no knowledge of their existence. In fact, I had lived about 40 minutes from them for a short period of time many years ago. During my time living in Georgia I had never heard anyone make mention of them in casual conversation, and I never read anything about them in local papers.
The Wired story made me regret having not found out earlier, and I filed it away in mind as a missed opportunity, but something I would like to see if I ever had the chance. That chance presented itself in 2012 when I found myself staying in Georgia for work related reasons. I decided that I would make it a point to visit the Guidestones before returning home. The stones are located in a very small, very rural town called Elberton. No true address for the Guidestones so I had to located the grid coordinates to find them. It turned out to be rather easy; as I approached the site they stood out, sitting on top of a small hill and surrounded by farm land. Elberton, GA seemed like an odd placement for these monoliths, but the town is known for having an abundance of quality granite, a stone that ages well even in unforgiving climates.
Inscribed on the stones, in eight different languages, are the following ten guidelines:
- Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.
- Guide reproduction wisely — improving fitness and diversity.
- Unite humanity with a living new language.
- Rule passion — faith — tradition — and all things with tempered reason.
- Protect people and nations with fair laws and just courts.
- Let all nations rule internally resolving external disputes in a world court.
- Avoid petty laws and useless officials.
- Balance personal rights with social duties.
- Prize truth — beauty — love — seeking harmony with the infinite.
- Be not a cancer on the earth — Leave room for nature — Leave room for nature
These can be considered a little creepy, a little bit new-age or hippie, or perhaps a little cult-like. Seeing them chiseled into the stones and reaching up to just under 20' in the air can feel rather foreboding. While I don't subscribe to everything carved into the stones, it is still an impressive sight, and what I would consider a relatively unknown man-made wonder. I have never seen anything quite like them before, and their existence in what amounts to the middle of nowhere is fitting. I encourage anyone who has the opportunity to check them out in person.