Friday, February 10, 2012
The Georgia Guidestones
Except that these aren't Neolithic monuments (and it's actually Elbert County, Georgia). They're pretty new, having gone up in my lifetime (1980). We even know a little about who had them constructed and erected: a fellow who called himself "R.C. Christian," representing the financier, visited Elberton Granite Finishing Company with the specs for their making. If you want to hear a more thorough story, including interviews with the granite company, check out the Season One episode about the Georgia Guidestones in Brad Meltzer's series Decoded. More information is also here.
There are plenty of clues that lead many to speculate the Guidestones were erected by the Rosicrucians. For one, "R. C. Christian" could be a pseudonym for the Rosicrucian Christian Rosenkreuz (Or RC=Rose Cross) who founded the first official Rosicrucian order in Germany in the early 1600s. Then, from an overhead view looking down at the guidestones, the stones form a rose cross. The five slabs of the monument are astronomically aligned and there are other features, such as a horizontal slot indicating the annual travel of the sun, a hole in the capstone marking noontime throughout the year, and so on, which hearkens back to ancient Egypt and elements of the pyramids--and, of course, the Rosicrucians trace their teaching lineage back to the ancient Egyptian mystery schools. In short, it is basically a very cool monument, clearly having been carefully designed, with no small output of cash being made to have them created and erected just so.
Alas, the Guidestones have upset quite a few people. They've been vandalized on several occasions (now the Georgia state police have cameras on them as a preventative measure) and people are forever threatening to blow them up.
Well, the Guidestones contain what you might think of as "10 Commandments for Humanity" on them. They're pretty rational and non-threatening if you ask most people. These are carved on the stones in eight different languages (English, Spanish, Swahili, Hindi, Hebrew, Arabic, Chinese, and Russian), and here is what they say:
- 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.
Nothing scary here, but the first one that says maintain the population at 500,000,000 is the thing that is freaking some people out. They think it means that whoever erected the stones wants to murder more than three-fourths of the present world population. They claim the stones are the dictates of the New World Order, some sort of global elite that intends to take over the world and make the remaining survivors of their purge their slaves. Who are these global elite? These people have no idea, except for vague accusations about the Illuminati, the Freemasons, members of Skull & Bones, the Bilderburgs, and basically any group that claims to hold "secret teachings." The Rosicrucians fit nicely into their paranoid scheme, and all I can say to that (as a Rosicrucian student myself) is that you'll have to trust me: we don't have any plans to kill even one person, much less most of the human family. We are a spiritual, peaceful people.
And look at the first statement again: It emphasizes the need to balance the human population with nature. Combine that with the last statement ("Be not a cancer on the earth--leave room for nature--REPEAT Leave room for nature"), and the intent is pretty clear. Don't overpopulate the planet and take over. We share the planet with other living things. Coexist. It's not all about YOU.
Now, I can't say the Georgia Guidestones are actually Rosicrucian in origin (anybody can show up at a stone company and claim to be R.C. Christian; and it could just as easily mean "Really Cool Christian"), though I can't deny it's Rosicrucian, either. I honestly think it doesn't matter, beyond what a stone identifying tablet near the Guidestones say: "Sponsors: A small group of Americans who seek The Age of Reason." But I can tell you what I think the Georgia Guidestones are.
They are a set of guidelines (hint: the tablet also reads: "Let these be guidelines to an Age of Reason") being offered to future humanity if the globe undergoes another cataclysm of some kind. Could be an asteroid hit. Could be a supervolcano. Could be a nuclear war. Could be climate change. Could be scorching sun flares. Could be a shift in the earth's magnetic poles. Could be a series of massive earthquakes, or any combination of any of the above. Many of the world's mythologies tell the story of a massive flood that once wiped out virtually all of humanity, and the geological record is bearing this story out. If it happened once, it could happen again. (Did this mythological big flood happen at the end of the last Ice Age, some 15,000 years ago? We now know that human beings were roaming the planet then.)
In any case, say there is a catastrophe of some kind that wipes many of us off the face of the earth. Bumf*ck, Georgia, is a good place to erect stones that may survive the event. It's not near the ocean; it's not in an earthquake zone; it's not anyplace anyone would aim a nuclear warhead. So say some humans survive and start repopulating the globe. Then the words on the Guidestones are nothing but wisdom. Hey, look, it's saying, the earth has limited resources and space if humankind is to survive on the planet without destroying it. Don't be a bunch of breeding fools and clog and choke the planet to death. Be stewards of nature; don't compete with it. 500,000,000 is a somewhat arbitrary number; it could perhaps be a little larger--we don't know. If the cataclysm is another inundation, there may actually be less land mass than there is now. The point is to repopulate the globe in a rational, responsible manner this time around (alongside the other advice given about justice and truth and tempered reason).
Of course, the New World Order conspiracy theorists will pooh-pooh all of this and think I'm just a blissfully (and maddeningly) ignorant wacko. They'd rather just blow the Guidestones up, though honestly, I do have to wonder this: if some group of global elites wants to destroy most of us, why on earth would they announce that to the world ahead of time in such an obvious way? You'd think they'd want to keep that information close to their chests. But, whatever. People believe what they want to believe. And New World Order conspiracy theorists seem to really want to believe somebody is out to get them.
But let me point this out. Who are the ones making the threats and talking about committing actual violence and vandalism? They are.
Decide for yourself about the meaning of the Georgia Guidestones. Personally, I think they were erected by someone who loves humankind and wants to see us not just survive, but thrive, as a species on this planet, Mother Earth. Why start over from scratch, from a place of ignorance, if we can learn from mistakes we've already made?