Some people believe the apocalypse is coming in 2012.
Let’s hope not. But if it does, rest assured, we have a guide to rebuild society. (If there are any of us left.)
The Georgia Guidestones. Wired Magazine referred to them as “America’s Stonehenge,” but that they are not. The six granite slabs are each 16 feet tall, and like Stonehenge, stand out in the middle of a field. But I had to fight multi-national tourists to get up to the ROPE surrounding the 26-foot-tall Stonehenge rocks; my group and I stood alone at the base of these slabs and we could walk right up to them.
Besides, scientists think they may actually know who built Stonehenge. The Georgia Guidestones are a mystery with a message: LET THESE BE GUIDESTONES TO AN AGE OF REASON.
The words engraved in six major languages do appear fairly reasonable, although I’m sure someone will question the part about population control. (Hey, China does it.)
The other cool (or odd) thing about the stones is that the county in Georgia does not appear to be interested in levying them as tourist attractions. We did not see a single sign along the way indicating their existence and found our way only through the use of GPS. Stonehenge, of course, has a zillion buses to get you there, an audio tour and the ubiquitous gift shop.
Check out Wired’s detailed and beautifully written article on the subject for more information.
And cross your fingers that we don’t have to use them.