leadgeorgia Called America’s most mysterious monument by many, the structure of the Georgia Guidestones are referred to as an “American Stonehenge” by some, and the “Commandments for a New Age of Reason” by others.

At the center of each tablet edge is a small circle, each containing a letter representing the appropriate compass direction (N, S, E, W). One slab stands in the center, with four arranged around it. A capstone lies on top of the five slabs, which are astronomically aligned. An additional stone tablet, which is set in the ground a short distance to the west of the structure, provides some notes on the history and purpose of the Guidestones. A message clearly conveying a set of ten guidelines is inscribed on the structure in eight popular languages, and a shorter message, “Let these be Guidestones to an Age of Reason.”

Here are the most asked questions about this monument, its message, and the question of whether there’s any relation to “New World Order” and secret societies.

What are the Georgia Guidestones?

The Georgia Guidestones are an mysterious granite monument located in Elbert County, Georgia, USA. The monument is 19 feet, 3 inches (5.87 m) high and is made of six granite slabs, weighing in total 240,000 pounds. Georgia_Guidestones-e1289416857266 These guidestones touch upon a subject that are often associated with a “New World Order”, specifically the claim that it suggests a massive reduction in population. Other parts of its message are also sometimes interpreted as to imply a one world government. But, is this really the message it is presenting?

The author(s) of the rules remain totally anonymous and their anonymity has been duly preserved. The Guidestones describe the ideal world, as envisioned by its creators.

Who Was the Mysterious One That Designed and Funded Georgia Guidestones?

Theories of conspiracy, occultism, and apocalypse surround this monument, and it has been called a “prism of meaning” by many who have studied it. In June 1979, an unknown person (or persons) under the pseudonym R. C. Christian hired Elberton Granite Finishing Company to build the structure. The structure was erected in March 1980.

the mysterious R.C. Christian

In 2008, the stones were defaced with paint, and graffiti with slogans such as “Death to the new world order”. Wired magazine called the defacement “the first serious act of vandalism in the Guidestones’ history”.

Are the Rosicrucians Behind it?

The Rosicrucians are known for publishing three Manifestos, published at the beginning of the 17th century: Fama Fraternitatis Rosae Crucis, Confessio Fraternitatis and Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz.

Rosicrucians

These anonymous works, surrounded by mystery, cryptically introduced the general public to the Rosicrucian philosophy, while announcing a great transformation of the political and intellectual landscape of Europe. The Age of Enlightenment soon followed, accompanied with the fall of feudal Monarchies.

The Georgia Guidestones seem to accomplish the same functions as the Rosicrucian manifestos, by calling for an important world transformations and maintaining a climate of mystery. Yet, there is no evidence that any ancient group was involved in this whatsoever: it is equally probably that a modern millionaire decided to make a monument of their philosophy. But, what exactly is this philosophy?

What Are the Ten Guides For a New Age of Reason?

The ten guides for a new Age of Reason are as follows:

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 guidelines suggest a decrease in population, more conscious and careful reproduction by humans, make worldwide communication possible with a common language, master the self with reason, courts upholding justice, unhindered internal regulation of nations’ problems and the settling international conflicts in a world court (so beyond war), the reduction of senseless laws, the admiration of truth, beauty, and love, and for humanity to live within the natural limits of the planet.

These are the ends; a utopia if all important roles are filled by responsible people, but a dystopia when power is held (and maintained) by the corrupt. Many say that the ends justify the means, but the entire debate about this monument -and what it means to say- has been derived from a highly negative interpretation of what it stands for. ff_guidestones3_f1-e1289520719926 The first “commandment” is shocking to say the least, if applied right this second it stipulates that 12 out of 13 people on Earth should not exist. If today’s world population is 6.7 billion, then that is a 92.54% surplus. Considering the resources an average citizen of civilization consumes today, obviously assumed by the creators of these Guidestones, such a reduction would be necessary to remain within ecological limits and avoid a planetary collapse. The question becomes how this point is to be reached.

The second rule; “Guide reproduction wisely – improving diversity and fitness”, calls for people to take responsibility for their reproductive behavior and our future on this planet; diversity and fitness being keywords from evolutionary biology. Arguing for diversity, and indirectly for fitness (which is increased with heterozygosity), is an argument against racism: it advocates interracial breeding. The following image is the English version of the Guidelines.

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The last rule of the Guidestones advising humanity not to be a cancer on the Earth, metaphorically saying humanity is growing uncontrollably with no concern for its surroundings. This is, unfortunately, not an unfitting metaphor for humanity’s current behavior on a worldwide basis. Although humans themselves are not a cancer, and do not have to be a cancer on this planet, we are pushing important ecosystems beyond return. The question is obviously whether its creators intend for us to undergo chemo or to change to a responsible lifestyle?

Is this Related to a New World Order?

The New World Order is an over-simplification of overwhelming large problems facing us, many of which are intensified or even caused because of how we have set up our society. To imply that everything around us; every injustice, wrong, and failure, is the result of a conscious plot, by a group of unspecified people, is to assign far more power to the oligarchs than theyactually have.

Don’t misunderstand that: 67 to 85 people have as much wealth as half of humanity, and the power of many of them rest on the current system remaining the way it is. These people do not want a “new” world order: they want to defend the one currently in existence (with them at the top). Implying that this is a force crawling to the top, forged for centuries and kept in only a few hands, is to negate millions of powerful people of their role and responsibility in helping maintain everything the way it is.

Those who many consider part of the “New World Order” already have the power, there is nothing new about it, and it is relatively clear that the ends displayed on these stones are likely not directly connected to any of them. That is not saying it is impossible, but it seems most likely to be the work of (a) wealthy, philosophically active ideologue(s). You do not need to own a major bank in order to build a monument.

When we truly look at what the Guidestones say,  it is obvious that the rich and powerful people of the world are not following these stones as a guide. The stones promote fair laws, less corruption, health, equality, education, and human rights. The first rule is up to debate, but the rest is something we can all basically agree on.

Mores Resources:

The Georgia Guidestones Movie

The Georgia Guidestone Guidebook — Elberton Granite (1981)

Georgia Guidestones photos at Flickr

Skeptoid: The Georgia Guidestones