On a barren field in Georgia, USA, five granite slabs rise in a star pattern like a modern-day Stonehenge. Each of them weighs over 20 tons and on top of them, there is a capstone. Nobody knows who built it or why they were placed there, but one popular opinion is that their purpose is to guide humanity after a predicted post-apocalyptic event that will come in the not so distant future.
The Georgian Guidestones send a message to the world in eight different living languages, as well as four extinct ones (ancient Greek and Egyptian hieroglyphs for example). The set of ten guidelines has baffled people around the world, with descriptions ranging from perfect and utopian to satanic or quirky.
In 1979, a man approached the Elberton Granite Finishing Company with a request to build a structure in Elbert County. He used the pseudonym “R.C. Christian”, but no one actually knows his true identity or that of the “small group of loyal Americans” he spoke for in his request. He spent about $300,000 on the granite monument seemingly without care.
Even when the owner of Elberton Granite gave him an exorbitant quote, R.C. Christian accepted the price, claiming that the group had been planning the structure for 20 years and were prepared to pay. Christian legally required the company to destroy the blueprints and any record of him upon completion of the structure. To further erase himself from the picture, he transferred the land and the Guidestones to Elberton County after the unveiling.
The structure, located two hours from Atlanta, features four upright stones with engravings. Many people believe the “guidelines” are messages for survivors of an apocalyptic event that would need to revamp or maintain humanity.
The engravings translate into eight different languages, one on each face of the stones in the following order: English, Spanish, Swahili, Hindi, Hebrew, Arabic, Traditional Chinese, and Russian.
The Georgia Guidestones also serve as an astronomical calendar. Every day at noon, the sun sines through a small hole or “mail slot” in the center stone, through which you can see the solstices and equinox.
On the top stone there is also a tiny vertical slot which tracks the North Star and so you can use the sky to tell what day of the year it is. You know, for after the end of the world, when we’re without technology. There is also an alleged time capsule, which people have attempted to dig up in the past few years. Whether it’s actually buried there or not cannot be confirmed at this time.
Perhaps the most controversial part of the Georgia Guidestones are the guidelines in the languages themselves. They’ve received much scrutiny and mixed reviews over the years. Singer Yoko Ono, considered it “a call to rational thinking”, as some of the demands are seemingly rational. Others deemed them to be problematic, and believe them to be something along the lines of ten commandments of the Antichrist.
You can decide for yourself. The guidelines are:
- 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
There has been much speculation as to who the “group of loyal Americans” that R.C. Christian spoke of were. Conspiracy theorists have weighed in that this group was either New World Order members or, of course, Satanists. As for R.C. Christian, nobody knows exactly who he was.