Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Mysterious, beautiful and remote

My late father grew up in Elbert County, in northeast Georgia, and my grandparents grew up on neighboring farms there, so, it must have been difficult to leave when they moved to Macon, Georgia for a job opportunity when my dad was 17 years old.  When we visited Elbert County with her in later years, my grandmother would say, smiling, "We just entered Heaven!"  She loved it there that much.

Sometime in the early 90s, I attended a family reunion there with my parents.  Before we left, everyone told us we should go by the Georgia Guidestones, a granite monument with astronomically aligned slabs that appeared overnight in June 1979, off a fairly remote state highway.  Later, it was found that they had been commissioned by an anonymous person or persons, who wanted to leave "guidelines to an age of reason" and a road map for rebuilding civilization.  I conclude that they are just mysterious and interesting - especially that the guidelines are written in eight languages. 

- This post has been hanging out in my blogger drafts since last February, when my sisters and I got together to celebrate my birthday, which included a visit to Elberton, Georgia.  Of course, I had to show my sisters the guidestones.  If you are interested in further reading, the Wikipedia link above is good and there has been a documentary made that you can read about here

- You can tell it was winter, by the brown grass and spare trees in the background.  It was a beautiful day though - not cold at all.

 - The horizontal slot there indicates the annual travel of the sun.

- So you don't have to click to enlarge, the "guides" are listed below in English.*

- I couldn't decide which photos to leave out - the sky was so beautiful behind all of them.  I like guide number 10, which lists "leave room for nature" twice. 

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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.

15 comments:

LL Cool Joe said...

I thought it was Stonehenge to start with! Very interesting, although not very attractive. Well not to me anyway. And why is the grass brown in the winter, I thought it would be the opposite?

Granny Annie said...

I have never heard of this. I am so glad that you saved it to post and didn't just delete it. So very, very interesting!

Lynn said...

Joe -

Yes - they are standing stones, much like Stonehenge, except they are chiseled granite. Elberton has a granite quarry, which is a huge industry for that area. I guess that's why it was chosen for the location.

It's very green here in the summer. Winter - not so much. :)

Granny Annie -

There is a website that calls them "sinister" - McAfee flagged it as a website that was suspicious, so I didn't linger there. I couldn't really reconcile them into a "good thing" but decided the visit and reason for the visit are good enough to qualify. And I'm uncomfortable with item 1 on the list - that population is way less than what we have in the world now, so assumes a post apocalyptic time, I guess. The whole thing IS very interesting. Absolutely!

Louvregirl said...

Lynn, That is interesting! So no one knows who put them up? I especially like "Leave room for nature." Where I live, the trees and rocks and the mountains are so big that I do think of this everyday. :-) Hope you are well,Lynn. :-)

Elephant's Child said...

Another blogger introduced me to these stones - and I found them fascinating.
I really like the listed guides too - particularly 10.
We go into our winters with brown grass and (hopefully) emerge in spring with fresh green growth.

Sara said...

This is great. I'm glad you put this one up. The stones are so cool. I bet they're even better when you're standing next them. Even so, your pictures are great.

I like the guidelines.My favorite was number 8.

I enjoyed LL Cool Joe's comment about the grass. I guess it easy to think everything stays green in the South in the winter. Even where I live in Florida, this doesn't happen:~)

G. B. Miller said...

Very cool...Always keen to learn about newish old things in the world these days.

Father Nature's Corner

Lee said...

How very interesting! Perhaps that's how the Stonehenge appeared. I've just notice that LL has had a similar thought.

Someone will write another "Chariots of the Gods" in a couple of hundred years and have everyone wondering again. :)

How great! :)

Riot Kitty said...

"Be not a cancer on the earth" - if I had to pick one bumper sticker, that would be it!

That's a really neat story.

Snaggle Tooth said...

I have some winter pic drafts waiting for someday too-

Must be pretty scientific to place slabs correctly for that concept "sculpture". I like the Sci-Fi idea of it. Guess they hope some future culture will wonder at it as we do at StoneHedge.
The rules seem to be a satire on what the author thinks we've already dine wrong, I think.

I'd never heard of it- Thanks. Good pics!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Lynn - I've never heard of these - so they're really interesting ... and I wonder how the twelve languages were selected ...

The Ten guidelines ... interesting to read - number 10 is the one that stands out ...

These slabs would have been 'easy' to erect - compared to Stonehenge's of 4,500 years ago .. where they were dragged miles across Wales and England ... and then somehow erected.

I hope they're not defaced again - and that they can be cleaned up ..

I love your photos and thanks for letting us know about them .. and your story of your family is interesting to read too ..

Lovely visit that must have been - cheers Hilary

Joanne said...

Wow. Those are quite awe-inspiring!

ladyfi said...

Those stones are just lovely!

Sparkling Red said...

How unusual! The advice mostly seems quite sound. However, humankind has never suffered from a shortage of good advice. I think it will take more than some stones to put us right.

Jannie Funster said...

I love number 9 best. Seek truth and beauty.

Never heard of them, very interesting! And wise.

xoxo