2020, 2018, 2016
A striking granite monument on a lonely hill in Elberton. I like to think of the Guidestones as my state’s own Doomsday Stonehenge, and it felt like a fine time to revisit them. I drove out into a clear, black-skied pre-dawn to catch the sunrise. As the light started to creep in, there were miles of starling murmations overhead. The swarms started to leave just as the sun finished rising- an eerie and magical morning.
This was my third time visiting the Guidestones, I didn’t plan it but I guess I go every two years. Today was my first time going alone without Erin. Here we are in 2018 and 2016 (plus Dean!):
The stones went up in 1980, they remain enigmatic in origin and meaning. The guidelines are written in eight different languages (English, Spanish, Swahili, Hindi, Hebrew, Arabic, Chinese and Russian). They advise:
• 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.
Every day at noon, the sun shines thru a hole in the granite and illuminates the day’s date on an engraving.