Real-Life Chillers: The Georgia Guidestones

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Well, this is weird. And ominous.

Until yesterday, I had never heard of the Georgia Guidestones.

The Guidestones are a granite monument in Elbert County, Georgia, that consists of six granite slabs – one central stone, four arranged around it, with a capstone resting on top – situated so that not just one but several celestial alignments can be observed and calculated from them. That’s them up above.

The construction of the Guidestones is no mystery, though their ultimate origin is: they were built in 1979 by Elberton Granite Finishing Company, who were hired by an unknown person or persons who only gave the name “Robert C. Christian”, who claimed that he/they had been planning the Guidestones for twenty years.

The capstone has engravings along the edges in four ancient languages – Babylonian, Classical Greek, Sanskrit, and Egyptian Hieroglyphs – all of which read “Let these be guidestones to an Age of Reason.”

The standing stones have engravings in eight modern languages (English, Spanish, Swahili, Hindi, Hebrew, Arabic, Chinese, and Russian), which all read:

  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.

As you can imagine, #1 is pretty disturbing to a lot of people. The population of the world was approximately 4,371,527,871 in 1979, which would mean that almost 8/9 of the human population would have to go away. Today it’s closer to 7,243,784,121, which means that more than 13 out of every 14 people would have to vanish from the face of the Earth for this Age of Reason to begin.

Give it a little thought, and #2 is almost equally troubling. “Fitness” by what standards? And who gets to decide?

As you can imagine, there’s been some vandalism over the years, though less than you might think.

As disturbing as the Georgia Guidestones are in and of themselves, here’s the real chiller: in 2009, a notch was carved into the English stone. Sometime in September of this year, that notch was filled with a brick that read “2014”.

Georgia Guidestones brick

That brick has since been removed and destroyed by an official from Elberton County. Perhaps on the theory that the brick wasn’t intended to be a part of the monument by R.C. Christian, whoever he/they are, and was included as some sort of prank? That’s the only reason that makes sense to me, since if that brick was somehow part of the Guidestones’ message, then surely that message has already been seen by whoever was meant to see it.

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