North Georgia offers a positive plethora of natural adventures and wonders; I try and sample as many as I can. You can check out some of those outdoor adventures HERE, and some of my more spring, macro-oriented adventures HERE.
However, as with any locale populated by Homo sapiens, there are occasionally non-natural oddities that warrant both a visit, and a ponder.
The Georgia Guidestones are one of those.
Located in Elbert County, near the GA/SC state line, these granite slabs sit in the middle of a field, on a piece of property owned by the Elbert County Board of Commissioners. The slabs were funded by an anonymous group of individuals, and purchased by a single anonymous person under the pseudonym R.C. Christian.
Composed of four primary slabs (and a capstone) weighing around 21 tons each, the primary feature of the Guidestones is the list of 10 guidelines, inscribed in 8 different languages (English, Spanish, Swahili, Hindi, Hebrew, Arabic, Chinese, and Russian) around the monument.
- Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in 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
Since their erection in 1980, the Guidestones have proven to be a magnetic for the curious, and a touchstone (pun intended) for conspiracies and conspiracy theorists.
Especially now at the author’s time of visiting, (April 2020, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic), the Guidestones have elicited criticism and hatred of the “New world order,” and especially taken with the solar calendar features in the center column of the monument are often taken by some to be a satanic or pagan creation.
It is, however, probably considered illogical by most (and this author) to fret or pay too much concern to an anonymous monument in rural Georgia. Rather, it seems to be that it should serve as a point of interest to visit and view, and a reminder that everyone on the planet is here together; that to survive and thrive, we need to cooperate and respect each other.
Nonetheless, and logical comments above aside, it was somewhat of an eerie site to visit amidst the global panic and pandemic, and the points are something to reflect upon, if not necessarily take to heart.
Y’all stay safe and healthy!