Monday, May 18, 2015

The Doomsday Monument

The Georgia Guidestones are one of America’s strangest monuments. Located on the highest hilltop in Elbert County, Georgia it consist of four massive slabs of polished granite arranged in the N-S and E-W direction around a central column and topped by a capstone. Each slab is 19 feet tall and weighs 20 tons. Written on the four slabs are ten commandments left by the monument's anonymous sponsors, who refer to themselves only as "a small group of Americans who seek the age of reason". 

The monument was erected on March 1980 and built by the Elberton Granite Finishing Company, but nobody knows exactly who commissioned it. The only clues to its origin is another stone tablet, set in the ground a short distance from the structure, that provides some notes on the history and purpose of the Guidestones.

The message engraved on the slabs consist of a set of ten guidelines or principles, written in eight different languages, one language on each face of the four large upright stones. These languages are: English, Spanish, Swahili, Hindi, Hebrew, Arabic, Chinese, and Russian.

The guidelines are:

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.
The strange monument was commissioned by an individual who identified himself as R. C. Christian, but it was not his real name. This well-dressed stranger walked into the office of the Elberton Granite Finishing Company one Friday afternoon in 1979 and announced that he wanted to build a granite monument to deliver a message to humanity. The gentlemen explained to the now deceased Joe Fendley, then president of the Elberton Granite Finishing Company, that the monument had to be capable of withstanding the most catastrophic events, so that humanity would be able to use those guides to reestablish themselves.