Tuesday, July 29, 2008

"American Stonehenge"...

My friend Grafton just sent me THIS ARTICLE from WorldNet Daily - it's an interesting write-up of a piece of... art? Counter-religion? Defiance? Conservationism? I have no idea.

Either way, it's pretty interesting - a set of granite slabs upon which are inscribed a set of 10 Commandments in several different languages. Called everything from "The Georgia Guidestones" (the official name carved on its base) to "the Satanic Commandments", the tablets advise people to:

  • 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
Pretty radical. No wonder some God-fearin' Christian groups are trying to get it removed. Lord knows we can't have people advocating fair courts, respecting truth and getting rid of useless officialdom (I assume dogmatic churches are included in this one)..

More from the article:

According to a website devoted to the stones, an unnamed man walked into the offices of the Elberton Granite Finishing Company in June 1979, asking about the cost of building a large monument to conservation. He told the company's president he represented a group of Americans living outside of Georgia who wished to remain anonymous forever.

Looks like I need to take a little side-trip the next time I'm down in Georgia. More photos are behind the link at the top.

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