Conspiracy theories and unsolved mysteries go hand in hand like The Fourth of July and a barbeque. Examples of this include the assassination of former United States president, John F. Kennedy, any sort of supposed UFO crash (including one we'll be covering towards the tail end of the month), and today's mystery: the Georgia Guidestones.
Dubbed “America's Stonehenge”, though sporting 100% more Freedom™ than its European brethren, the Georgia Guidestones were commissioned in June of 1979 and finished in 1980. They stand nineteen feet tall and weigh close to 238,000 pounds. They're comprised of five slabs of granite and are translated into ten modern languages (English, Spanish, Swahili, Hindi, Hebrew, Arabic, Traditional Chinese, and Russian) and four ancient languages (Babylonian; cuneiform script, Classic Greek, Sanskrit, and Ancient Egyptian; hieroglyphics).
Inscribed upon the Guidestones are what some have deemed ten commandments for a new age. They are as follows.
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.
The contents of the Guidestones has caused them to become the talking point for a number of conspiracy theories and accusations as being the ten commandments for a New World Order. Whether or not you believe this is up to you to decide, though many have argued that some of the commandments go against the idea of what an NWO is often portrayed as; an authoritarian dystopia where the government rules over your every move. Here, the Guidestones calls for the elimination of petty laws and unneeded officials—arguably one if the most important aspects to it.
But we’ll get back to this towards the end. For now, let's discuss one of the bigger mysteries of the Guidestones: their creator. You see, America's Stonehenge was a commission by a man who went by the name Robert C. Christian. He claimed to represent “a small group of loyal Americans” and commissioned the Guidestones. He stated that they'd act as three things: a compass, calendar, and clock. He also said that they'd be able to withstand any catastrophic event—a claim that he hasn't had to worry about being proven wrong in because the Guidestones are placed in northeastern Georgia and it seems nothing ever happens there.
In the role of creating the Guidestones was a man by the name of Joe Fendley, head of Elberton Granite. Upon hearing Christian's request, he naturally deemed him a nut anr gave a price tag significantly higher than any other one he'd ever given out; stating the Guidestones would require additional manpower and tools in order for them to be completed. Whether or not Fendley hoped that Christian would be deterred by the price tag, I can't say for sure, but he accepted it in the end and signed on the dotted line. While arranging to pay Christian stated that the group he represented had been planning for the Guidestones’ creation for two decades. In spite of this, he said they wished to remain anonymous.
Cash in pocket, Christian gave Fendley a scale model and ten pages of specifications; likely containing the requests for multiple translations and the astronomical alignments. In the way of where the Guidestones were built, Christian purchased the land from a farmer in October of 1979, who got lifetime cattle grazing permission on the site. With everything set, construction on the Guidestones commenced, with the monument being unveiled on March 22, 1980 to a crowd of 100–400 people (depending on what report you read).
The monument complete, Christian gave full ownership to Elbert County. After that, he disappeared, never to be seen or heard from again.
From here begins the two mysteries surrounding the Georgia Guidestones: who was Robert C. Christian and what is their purpose?
The latter is the simpler of the two to discuss, so let's start there. An explanatory tablet near them reads: “Let these be guidestones to an Age of Reason”. While appropriately vague for the nature of the Guidestones, the tablet lined up with the explanation that they were made as some sort of call for peace from a wealthy man.
However, that's not the only explanation as to what their purpose is. Another one has us look to the skies for the answer. The Guidestones’ four outer stones are placed as to mark the eighteen and a half year limit of the “lunar declination cycle”. At the center, there's a column that sports a hole; drilled at an angle from one side to the other. Through it, one can see the North Star—Polaris.
Remaining at the same pillar, one can see slot that has been carved through. This slot is aligned with the solstices and equinoxes of the Sun. From above, a small aperture in the capstone allows a ray of sun to pass through each day at noon which shines a beam onto the center stone. This beam indicates the day of the year.
This astronomical precision has lead some to speculate that either Christian was an alien or, significantly more likely, the Guidestones aren't a call for peace, but rather some obscure compass with some pretentious peace wording on it to attract attention. Whatever their true nature may be remains a mystery, but their creator and his ultimate goal has often been overshadowed by the wording on the granite.
So, let's talk about Robert C. Christian. A wealthy man who represented a small group of patriots. Who was he exactly? That's a question that is sadly likely to never be answered. Considering the pseudonym and the wealth that he had, Christian has likely covered his tracks spectacularly well—and his friends and family likely have no idea he ever commissioned the monument.
The other, and more well known, theory comes to us from conspiracy theorists, who say he represented the Illuminati or the Freemasons. Or, perhaps, the New World Order. The middle option of those three ks unlikely as the Guidestones bear no Masonic architecture. That leaves us with two options that go hand in hand: the Illuminati and the NWO. Evidence here be damned as Christian—whoever he be or was—has never publicly come forth. Nor have any former Illuminati members or NWO goons.
So while Christian and his monument may be shrouded in mystery, that doesn't mean that their legacy isn't one that's all rainbows and sunshine. Although it was claimed that the Guidestones would be capable of withstanding any catastrophic event, it seems that Christian never took into account graffiti. Over the course of their life, the Guidestones have been repeatedly the sight of anti-Globalist and anti-NWO messages.
In 2008, the stones were vandalized after a few particularly creative individuals took it upon themselves to take action against the diabolical forces of evil and globalism. Their manner of action: defacing the Guidestones with phrases such as “death to the new world order”. This marked the first real act of vandalism in the monuments history, but it wouldn't be the last. A few years later, in 2014, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was contacted by a maintenance worker after the Guidestones were vandalized after the message “I am Isis, goddess of love” had been graffitied on the stones.
This brings me to the final thing I want to go over is something I touched upon at the start: the idea that the Guidestones are the ten commandments of a New World Order. The accusations haven't been from a fringe group of individuals either—people such as Mark Dice, host of the Mark Dice Show, and Alex Jones, creator of Infowars, have sizable fanbases and attract large amounts of viewers and listeners. Any claim that “only crazy people who nobody listens to” believe the Guidestones to be evil isn't true. Those “crazy people” have an ever growing influence on people and their accusations that the Guidestones are the blueprint of the New World Order can and will spread across not just the United States, but the entire world.
To specify, Dice demanded that the Guidestones “be smashed into a million pieces, and then the rubble used for a construction project” and claimed that they were “of deep Satanic origin”. He also hurled the accusation that Christian was a member of a “Luciferian secret society”. Whether or not Dice knows that Satanism and Luciferianism are two separate things remains a mystery, but he also hates Catholics. It bears mentioning that I myself am a Catholic and an in no way throwing shade towards Mr. Dice. None whatsoever—no siree.
As for Alex Jones, he covered the Guidestones in his film Endgame: Blueprint for Global Enslavement. In it, he raises the point that the Guidestones are a harbinger of sorts for self appointed elites whose endgame is to exterminate the vast majority of Earth's population. I encourage everyone to not tell Mr. Jones that such a task is impossible. I for one love his show and greatly enjoy it.
Christian's self proclamation as a man representing patriotic Americans is as vague as me describing myself as a person who represents people. All one can really take away from anything he did is that he understood where the sun rises and sets and that he had a lot of money. That level of information is as basic as first grade math.
What I'm getting at is: Christian's ultimate message may or may not have been one of ushering in a one world government. At the same time, it could've been one of unity and the world's nations coming together to live in harmony. At the time of his commissioning, the Cold War was reaching its end and the tension between the United States and the Soviet Union was still high. It's hard not to imagine that someone out there wanted to try and make a profound statement via an eye catching piece of art.
At the same time, the requests for a controlled population may come across as a bit extreme. Of course, limitation of resources and the potential for a rebellious nation launching a missile may be the reasoning for it. It's hard to not know without Christian actually stating his intention. With the population at the time of this writing being close to 8 billion, one can imagine that if he's still alive, he'd likely be reevaluating his number.
We may never know who really commissioned the Georgia Guidestones, or the true meaning behind their message. It's unlikely that they were meant to be the ten commandments to a new world order. But, for all we know, Christian really did want them to be the ideals that an NWO/Illuminati-esque world order would follow. To many, they're simply a guide to rebuild a destroyed civilization. Until we do find out for sure what they were made for, it's probably safe to assume they were a product of their time from a wealthy man wishing to spread their idea of a perfect world.