The Georgia Guidestones are a massive granite monument located in Elbert County, Georgia. The monument consists of four large stones, each engraved with a message. The messages are written in eight different languages and provide guild lines for the future of humanity.
The Guild Lines
- 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.
The Georgia Guidestones have been controversial since they were erected, with some people viewing them as a positive force for change and others viewing them as a cynical view of the future. Regardless of interpretation, the Georgia Guidestones remain an intriguing mystery.
15 Bizarre Facts
1. The Georgia Guidestones are almost twice as tall as Stonehenge.
2. Nearly a quarter-million pounds of granite was used to make them.
3. No one knows who paid for their construction. As the story goes, an elegant, well-spoken, well-dressed, and grey-haired man who identified himself only as “R. C. Christian” appeared at a granite company in nearby Elberton, GA one day requesting a quote on the project. Figuring he was some “nut,” the granite specialist purposely claimed a ridiculous price, figuring Mr. “Christian” would balk. Instead, Mr. Christian agreed to the price.
4. Some people suspect the Rosicrucian Order financed the project.
Since “Rose Cross Christian,” AKA “Christian Rosenkreuz,” was the founder of the mystical society the Rosicrucian Order, many suspect that the Rosicrucians financed the building of the Georgia Guidestones.
5. The project’s builders’ had to sign a legal agreement never to reveal the identity of the financiers. They also swore to destroy all legal papers regarding the Guidestones’ construction once the project was finished.
6. The Guidestones were designed to withstand catastrophic events. Events such as, oh, a World War that wiped out 6.5 billion people. As the world lay in ashes, somewhere R.C. Christian and his cohorts could take a little comfort that at least their giant creepy tombstone was still standing way out in rural Georgia.
7. A mysterious “Time Capsule” is allegedly buried nearby. A tablet erected near the Guidestones claims that a time capsule is buried beneath the tablet, although there is no proof the capsule really exists and no suggestion of what is written on it.
8. The Guidestones were purposely designed to track the sun’s east-west migration year-round. During an equinox or solstice, those who stand at the west side of a “mail slot” carved into the Guidestones can see the sunrise over the horizon. The four outer stones are positioned to mark the limits of the 18.6 year lunar declination cycle. An eye-level hole drilled into the center stone permits viewers to locate the North Star. A small hole drilled through the capstone serves as a sundial. At noon every day, a reading of where the sunbeam hits the center column allows one to pinpoint the exact day of the year.
9. R. C. Christian and his cohorts allowed the landowners full cattle grazing rights. In a small gesture of generosity, the mysterious backers of the Georgia Guidestones still permitted the owners of the land on which they were built to allow their cattle to graze on it for their entire natural lives—or until a nuclear war that wipes out 90% of the world’s population, whichever comes first.
10. In 2009, a man stole a 6-inch cube of granite from the top of one of the Guidestones. Four years later, police arrested William Jeremy Ellis in the middle of the night as he was trying to replace the cube of granite he’d stolen. He explained to police that he “didn’t want that weight anymore.”