About nine miles outside Elberton Georgia stands something pretty strange. In the middle of small field is a sort of monument made out of a set of huge granite stones 19 feet high. On them is a message scrawled out in 8 languages that are a series of ten commandments but these one aren’t from the bible. So what does it say and who built it? Well the answers to both are really strange and might just have you wearing your tin foil hat for a little while.
On the stones are several lines of text in English, Spanish, Swahili, Sanskrit, Hebrew, Arabic, Chinese, and Russian. The text is a set of ten rules for building a perfect world. Prize truth, beauty and love. Balance rights and duties. Have fair laws and courts. Avoid petty laws and wasteful government. Rule people with reason. Leave room for nature. Countries should settle disputes in a world court and not war. They should be united by one world language. These might be a little controversial but would think most would agree not too bad. But there are two more commandments, guide reproduction wisely for health and diversity and darkly to keep the world population under 500 million and if you’re wondering the world is about 7 billion over that. The stones are also celestial aligned in different ways with the moon and the sun the capstone on top has in 4 ancient languages “ Let these be a guide stone to a age of reason.” And a tablet nearby claims a time capsule is buried under it with no date to open it. So who ever built this had lots cash and knowledge of over 12 different languages in several alphabets.
Here is the crazy thing no one knows who actually built it. In 1979 a man using the fake name R.C. Christian came to Elberton and inquired about getting a loan and hiring a local masonry company to build it. He claimed to be just with a group of American citizens who want to leave something behind for future generations. But no one knows who R.C. Christian actually was. Apparently though he was good for the money cause the monument got built and was showed to a crowd of pretty puzzled Georgians in 1980. But who would have the pull to build something like this totally anonymously and without any one asking questions.
Lots of people have made speculations. According to people at the unveiling a local preacher claimed that it was a ritual site for devil worshipers. Since then many have felt the site has a less then positive message. According to conspiracy theorist Alex Jones they point to a secret plan for the government to create a new world order following the rules on the stones. But some think the stones had a more benevolent purpose. Popular thriller writer and History Channel associate Brad Meltzer makes the pretty intuitive claim that these stones were built at the height of the cold war. It’s possible that many felt the world was going to end and some might have wanted to leave something behind in the hopes it could be rebuilt. Still some point to the R.C. in the pseudonym R.C Christian to mean that the Rosicrucian’s built it. They were a mystic order of Christianity that date back to the middle ages and had a strong interest in astronomical events.
The guide stones if anything are a monument to mystery. We’re probably never going to really know who built it or why. What we do know is someone or a group of people gathered a lot of money and knowledge together to craft the stones. We can only hope that they had good intentions.
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