So how did I spend my Memorial Day? First, with private acknowledgement of the Senator, his big brother Bob, who died in a B-24 crash in 1944, and myriad others who made the ultimate sacrifice. Velociworld is a rather caustic and impertinent site, long on blasphemy, short on superego. I choose to honor some things offsite rather than pollute them here.
So: a field trip with Key Monroe to the Georgia Guidestones. There's always something interesting in the near world, and the guidestones are a mere 60 miles away. Compelling tale, as well: a mysterious man calling himself "R C Christian" appeared in Elberton, Georgia in 1979. He and his fellow anonymous friends wished to erect a monument to what they fancied to be the guides to a peaceful, spiritual, healthy planet. They chose Elbert County because of the quality of granite, it being the granite capital of the world, and the ready availability of master stone masons. Elberton is the "Granite Capital of the World", and the billboards proclaim they produce something in excess of 60% of the nation's monuments, including, I presume, so many of the memorials so honorably decorated this weekend. It was like being in the birth canal of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Very humbling.
Back to the story: after obtaining the necessary guarantees of anonymity, and the deposit of a large sum of monies, work commenced. The first pillar was erected in 1980, the others shortly thereafter. It was a Stonehenge type thing, with three astronomical devices, and a message in eight modern languages, with a shorter message in four ancient languages. H'yar it is:
The message, which I repeat below, is New Age claptrap, of course, the gooey soft one-worlder tripe that still has traction today:
THE MESSAGE OF THE GEORGIA GUIDESTONES
1. Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.
2. Guide reproduction wisely - improving fitness and diversity.
3. Unite humanity with a living new language.
4. Rule passion - faith - tradition - and all things with tempered reason.
5. Protect people and nations with fair laws and just courts.
6. Let all nations rule internally resolving external disputes in a world court.
7. Avoid petty laws and useless officials.
8. Balance personal rights with social duties.
9. Prize truth - beauty - love - seeking harmony with the infinite.
10.Be not a cancer on the earth - Leave room for nature - Leave room for nature.
Here's some perspective:
That's Your Handsome Boy, of course. Fedora
stolded wrested from Elisson.
And Watson Mill State Park, just down the road:
I've never seen so many chicken-fried neckbones have so much fun with a $3 parking pass and some slippery shoals. It sort of gives you faith in the simple pleasures of life, don't it?
Of course, at least two or three of these brush arbor revivalists are probably responsible for defacing the guidestones last winter. No sweat off my ass, of course. Not my message, not my money. I mention it only in passing.