I really like Edward Leedskalnin. He was my kind of guy and is one of those obscure geniuses who never had a fair shake during his lifetime, but likely held the secrets that many in the human race most decidedly crave. It is likely that he had the intelligence of Einstein without the fame or platform—and being a natural recluse whose hobby was “thinking,” the outside world just never considered the importance of his work or gave him the respect he deserved. But Leedskalnin likely preferred it that way.
Edward Leedskalnin (Latvian: Edvards Liedskalniņš) (January 12, 1887, Stāmeriena parish, Livonia; December 7, 1951, Miami) was an eccentric Latvian emigrant to the United States and amateur sculptor who single-handedly built the monument known as Coral Castle in Florida. He was also known for his obscure theories on magnetism.
Edward Leedskalnin was born January 12, 1887, according to World War I draft registration records, in Stāmeriena parish, Latvia. Little is known of his childhood, aside from the fact that he was not wealthy and achieved only a fourth-grade education. However Edward was a sickly boy, and often spent his time inside reading books — eventually leading him to discontinue his schooling as it “bored him”. For Ed, his development of a yearning to obtain knowledge became a passionate and potent driving force in many endeavors throughout his later life. At the age of 26, he was engaged to marry Agnes Scuffs, a girl ten years younger. However, the girl that Leedskalnin referred to as his “Sweet Sixteen” broke the engagement the night before their wedding, so he emigrated to North America where he found work in various lumber camps in Canada, California, and Texas.
Then, after contracting a case of tuberculosis, Leedskalnin moved to the warmer climate of Florida around 1919, where he purchased a small piece of land in Florida City. Over the next 20 years, Leedskalnin putatively constructed and lived within a massive coral monument he called “Rock Gate Park”, dedicated to the girl who had left him years before. Working alone at night, Leedskalnin eventually quarried and sculpted over 1,100 short tons (997,903 kg) of coral into a monument that would later be known as the Coral Castle. He used various basic tools, several made from timber and parts of an old Ford; first he built a house out of coral and timber, then he gradually built the monuments for which he is famous. In spite of his private nature, he eventually opened his monument to the public, offering tours for 10 cents. He was a surprisingly accommodating host, even cooking hot dogs for visiting children in a pressure cooker of his own invention.
When people asked Leedskalnin how he had moved all of the stone by himself, he refused to give over his method and would only reply to whoever was asking with the same statement: “I understand the laws of weight and leverage and I know the secrets of the people who built the pyramids (being those at the site at Giza in Egypt).”
Coral Castle is a stone structure created by the Latvian American eccentric Edward Leedskalnin (1887–1951) north of the city of Homestead, Florida in Miami-Dade County at the intersection of South Dixie Highway (U.S. 1) and SW 157th Avenue. The structure comprises numerous megalithic stones (mostly limestone formed from coral), each weighing several tons. It currently serves as a privately operated tourist attraction. Coral Castle is noted for legends surrounding its creation that claim it was built single-handedly by Leedskalnin using reverse magnetism and/or supernatural abilities to move and carve numerous stones weighing many tons.
He was also a writer and published a few books, one on education and politics, and another on the mysteries of magnetism. Leedskalnin’s first and longest booklet, a treatise on moral education, was printed on only the left-hand pages, and begins with the following preface:
Reader, if for any reason you do not like the things I say in the little book, I left just as much space as I used, so you can write your own opinion opposite it and see if you can do better.
In the first section, Leedskalnin vents his anger at his “Sweet Sixteen”, arguing that girls should be kept pure, and that boys are primarily a soiling influence upon them. On page 4 of A Book in Every Home, Leedskalnin writes:
“Everything we do should be for some good purpose but as everybody knows there is nothing good that can come to a girl from a fresh boy. When a girl is sixteen or seventeen years old, she is as good as she ever will be, but when a boy is sixteen years old, he is then fresher than in all his stages of development. He is then not big enough to work but he is too big to be kept in a nursery and then to allow such a fresh thing to soil a girl — it could not work on my girl. Now I will tell you about soiling. Anything that is done, if it is done with the right party it is all right, but when it is done with the wrong party, it is soiling, and concerning those fresh boys with the girls, it is wrong every time.”
The second section continues along the theme of moral education, with several aphorisms aimed at parents regarding the proper way to raise children. The last, “Political” section reveals that the reclusive Leedskalnin had strong political views. He advocates voting for property owners only (and in proportion to their holdings), and argues that “Anyone who is too weak to make his own living is not strong enough to vote.”
Some writers have suggested that Leedskalnin’s booklet contains further information on his electromagnetic research and philosophies encoded in its pages, and the blank pages are provided for the reader to fill in their decrypted solutions. It has also been suggested that Leedskalnin’s frequent referral to his “Sweet Sixteen” may in fact refer to the numerological and/or scientific relevance of the number sixteen to his research and theories.
Leedskalnin’s ideas may appear unusual. He wrote that a mother’s most important task is to ensure that her daughter remains “chaste and faithful”:
“In case a girl’s mamma thinks that there is a boy somewhere who needs experience then she, herself, could pose as an experimental station for that fresh boy to practice on and so save the girl. Nothing can hurt her any more. She has already gone through all the experience that can be gone through and so in her case it would be all right”
I find myself agreeing emphatically with Leedskalnin on most of his social and political positions and believe that he was tapped into the elusive power of magnetism as they have a direct effect on concepts of anti-gravity manipulation. His science as obscure as it was indicated by his writing was firmly rooted in a value system driven obviously by the lost love of a potential wife whom it appears he never got over. He applied his massive intellect toward building a magnificent castle garden for her, but she never came. Even at the turn of the century, he was already observing the corrosive effect that males have on females when he references how they “soil them.” And he’s right, just imagine what his thoughts of girls today would be—they are “soiled” at age 11 and 12 now through the same public education system that he found so boring.
Leedskalnin chose to be a recluse it appears for similar reasons that I limit my social contacts—because people are disappointing—they often fail to live up to their potential and are often relegated to poor personal standards. Leedskalnin saw one of those social failures occurring at the young age of women becoming soiled by males—which then lowers the ambition of the males ones they get what they wanted—the benefits of the young woman’s loins. I often have similar thoughts, older women look too often like used up husks and males no longer want to hunt in their loins since the endeavor becomes easy. So the males turn toward younger women not yet ruined by life and its disappointments. Currently we have an education system which seeks to exacerbate this crisis instead of rectifying it with value and that is certainly not good for civilization. Knowing these kinds of things makes dealing with people difficult—deeply laborious in fact—because people can only take from you and have little to give back leaving the thinking person always feeling emptied by such human presences.
So are people like Leedskalnin wrong? Of course not, nobody else in America or the world currently has been levitating three-ton rocks around with anti-gravity devices—no university has discovered his secrets through his decoded writings. He left hints, but a non-thinking world just doesn’t have what it takes to perform the task. And to him the origin of the problem was with women—a woman that left him at the altar likely for a more exciting man. He blames the girl’s mother for not establishing the proper virtue in causing her heart to behold a man who could lift massive stones with just simple garden tools and an ancient secret as opposed to the football star, the Wall Street financier, or the fancy pants scum bag who could purchase a large diamond for her finger to show off to her friends. A failure to have a society of quality women has led to a degeneration of men who simply no longer wish to work for anything any more—especially sex. The young men of our day are a grotesque species pampered from birth to have everything given to them so as adults they only want to soil up women to deposit themselves in so that they can return back to their video games. It is that loss of intellect that has prevented others from discovering the secrets of Leedskalnin even though he posed the challenge gently hoping for takers to solve his riddles. Sadly, most of a century later—he has not had any real takers because of the soiled women and lazy men rotten from their public educations. I like Leedskalnin so much because for once I feel like I’m not the only one saying these kinds of things. For society, they have to weigh out the value of collective foolishness over individual genius—such as what Edward Leedskalnin had. For me, I’ll pick the advice of a guy who can levitate giant rocks over the average Joe who only wants to soil women, any day of the week. The values of the two are not even relative to one another. And it is in the former that the keys to civilization’s future reside. The trouble is that we do not teach our young to recognize this value—which is a tragic loss to human potential now and so long as it continues.