Since I chime in on the Q the A podcast from time to time, I thought it would an appropriate Q the A field trip to one of Georgia’s mysterious landmarks: the Georgia Guidestones. I asked if Eon K. Grissom and his lovely (pregnant) wife would accompany my boyfriend (Eon’s wife’s brother) and I to the Guidestones for a fun trip a couple of hours north to which they totally agreed! While I was looking up further info on the Guidestones – who am I kidding, I was on Tumblr – I saw a post about a tree that owns itself in Athens, Georgia, which I figured we could see on the way back from the Guidestones.
What a road trip it was! We headed up to the Guidestones first and let me tell you, they were fascinating. I had seen them on TV a few times and had been wanting to see them in real life for what feels like forever! It was extremely interesting walking up and seeing them on a small patch of land. They’re huge!
Here’s Eon next to them for reference. Seeing the text carved into such huge pieces of granite was crazy! The languages included are: English, Spanish, Swahili, Hindi, Hebrew, Arabic, Chinese, and Russian on the big slabs. The capstone piece includes: Sanskrit, Egyptian Hieroglyphs, Classical Greek, and my most favorite: Babylonian Cuneiform.
It was just breathtaking! The text on the big slabs have been a mystery since they were erected in 1979:
- 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.
Very interesting indeed! Check out some more photos here.
The Tree That Owns Itself is a very interesting thing in itself. I thought it was one of those Tumblr posts for fun but I checked it out on Google Maps to see that it was, in fact, a real thing! We drove up a cobblestone street to reveal a strange point at the top. There was a little plaza area in a pretty residential neighborhood full of cute older houses that had the tree and a plaque saying that this tree does, indeed, own itself. But the tree we encountered was not the original tree. According to the Wikipedia page, the original tree fell due to root rot and the son of the tree (an acorn) was planted in its place in 1942. It was just bizarre enough for a Q the A stop-over and a nice addition to my stay-cation! I love discovering new-to-me things in Georgia!