Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Georgia Guidestones

Georgia GuidestonesImage via Wikipedia
I was, until recently, completely ignorant of the existence of the so-called Georgia Guidestones. Also known as the American Stonehenge, the Georgia Guidestones are an enigma wrapped in a mystery inside a riddle. Or something like that.
From Wikipedia:
In June 1979, an unknown person or persons under the pseudonym R.C. Christian hired Elberton Granite Finishing Company to build the structure.[3] One popular hypothesis is that the patron's pseudonym may be a tribute to the legendary 17th-century founder of Rosicrucianism, Christian Rosenkreuz.
Interesting in and of itself. But here is the kicker:

A message consisting of a set of ten guidelines or principles is engraved on the Georgia Guidestones in eight different languages, one language on each face of the four large upright stones. Moving clockwise around the structure from due north, these languages are: English, Spanish, Swahili, Hindi, Hebrew, Arabic, Chinese, and Russian.
  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.
 Certainly these are a fair guide to live by according to any standards. But the question remains, "Why?"
There are quite a few websites dedicated to the guidestones:
Curious to say the least.

Georgia Guidestones - tavola inglese - english...Image via Wikipedia