The Georgia Guidestones

April 26, 2009

by Randall Sullivan, for WIRED

guide1The strangest monument in America looms over a barren knoll in northeastern Georgia. Five massive slabs of polished granite rise out of the earth in a star pattern. The rocks are each 16 feet tall, with four of them weighing more than 20 tons apiece. Together they support a 25,000-pound capstone. Approaching the edifice, it’s hard not to think immediately of England’s Stonehenge or possibly the ominous monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey. Built in 1980, these pale gray rocks are quietly awaiting the end of the world as we know it.


Called the Georgia Guidestones, the monument is a mystery—nobody knows exactly who commissioned it or why. The only clues to its origin are on a nearby plaque on the ground—which gives the dimensions and explains a series of intricate notches and holes that correspond to the movements of the sun and stars—and the “guides” themselves, directives carved into the rocks. These instructions appear in eight languages ranging from English to Swahili and reflect a peculiar New Age ideology. Some are vaguely eugenic (guide reproduction wisely—improving fitness and diversity); others prescribe standard-issue hippie mysticism (prize truth—beauty—love—seeking harmony with the infinite).

guide2What’s most widely agreed upon—based on the evidence available—is that the Guidestones are meant to instruct the dazed survivors of some impending apocalypse as they attempt to reconstitute civilization. Not everyone is comfortable with this notion.

A few days before I visited, the stones had been splattered with polyurethane and spray-painted with graffiti, including slogans like “Death to the new world order.” This defacement was the first serious act of vandalism in the Guidestones’ history, but it was hardly the first objection to their existence. In fact, for more than three decades this uncanny structure in the heart of the Bible Belt has been generating responses that range from enchantment to horror. Supporters (notable among them Yoko Ono) have praised the messages as a stirring call to rational thinking, akin to Thomas Paine’s The Age of Reason. Opponents have attacked them as the Ten Commandments of the Antichrist.


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  1. praise God

  2. I think Fuck the NWO is an appropriate comment…

    These People who installed the “guide” stones are Ignorant to believe that in this day and age we’re going to believe and work with something written in stone. should carve my dick in stone ’cause that’s what they’ll get from me!

  3. I say fuck the bible beaters in the south. they are the most religious, least educated, most violent prone, most obese and they lost….
    These vandels are the AMERICAN TALIBAN…no different than those in afganistan.

  4. Nature is the One Divine Source, and the Earth is sacred beyond all else. The Earth does not belong to us, we belong to the Earth.

    Sadly, homo sapiens has indeed become a cancer upon the Earth. There are vastly too many humans on the planet. We are only one species, and we need to minimize our impact here. Humans and our civilizations should occupy only 5 to 10 percent of the land at most, and leave 90 to 95 percent of the land as pristine wilderness.

    What is the reason for the too many humans, and their horribly destructive behavior towards the holy planet that gives them life?

    Most people are not intelligent enough to live here wisely. They are also wrongly educated, and emotionally wounded by a sick culture that has separated us from the divinity of Nature. All these reasons cause humans to behave stupidly. But we must get better, we must become a more intelligent species if we are to save ourselves — and most of the living species now on Earth — from our mindless race towards doom and destruction. It seems clear that our species has been devolving for many centuries now, losing the critically important faculty of intelligence, since the peak of brilliance that was the Classical Age or the Axial Age.

    That is only to be expected, with the ways that we use modern medicine and modern technology. Humans evolved into an intelligent and long-lived species through the process of natural selection, which gave an advantage to the fit and the intelligent, and weeded out the unfit and the unintelligent. Now that modern medicine and modern technology are making it easier to survive, we must pick up the slack and undertake to direct the future evolution of our own species. Only then can we overcome the dysgenics of the past several centuries, and resume evolving in a positive direction. Without eugenics there is no alternative but dysgenics, and our descendents will devolve into dumb morlocks or the equivalent.

    We urgently need fewer humans, and smarter humans, in the future. And above all, we need to wake up and realize that humans are not the centerpiece of creation. Other living beings exist for their own sake, not for ours. Likewise, civilizations may exist on other planets that are far more advanced than ours. We need to start treating the rest of the Cosmos — and other living beings that share it with us — with much more respect and compassion.

    We must honor the planet that gives us life, and put the health and well-being of the Earth first and foremost in all things.

  5. Once humans kill off most of each other, doing battle for their imaginary gods, the guide stones will be the only thing left standing, and will guide future humans to a prosperous future; a future without imaginary friends.

  6. Haha, yeah who would ever follow words carved on stone tablets! That’s completely absurd.

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