The lane

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Tangible planning proved to be indispensable in order to have the right stone in the right place at the right moment, so that it could be laid ready at the right distance to the next giant chunks. The following step was to set the stiff stone up properly so that it was in accord with the other menhirs and with them in this harmony we still know today – a different level than that which the circle specifies.

Unclear outcome @ Georges Scherrer

The unity of the Carnac Alignements is characterized by the vastness, the greatness of the spirit. 

View into the space @ Georges Scherrer

The unity of the rounded, encircled, excavated stone monster „Dolmen“, which promises protection and security, and the swing of the freeing, far-reaching, elegantly drawn, solid stone track Alignements are basically mutually exclusive, because they are in contrast to each other.

How incalculably long this growing expanse, which frees itself from the circle, can be, became abundantly clear to the people of that time then when they began to set up the endless sequence of stones; later, when they stepped out of the Kromlech into the enormous stone paths.

This nothingness simply flowed away as wet between the fingers when one tried to grab it.

How immeasurable distances can grow, became clear to the people of the Gulf of Morbihan when they looked out to the sea. It was impossible to grasp this water-determined, immeasurable empire. This nothingness simply flowed away as wet between the fingers when one tried to grab it.

Troubled vision @ Georges Scherrer

A new form of order was needed, and in this matter, Carnac opened the way to a new dimension: that of self-determined thinking that is abstract and not born from the gut, one that is not guided by any affection of the heart, such as protecting the dead from the wild animals by massive stone formations.

The clan at that time started an experiment without being useful for horticulture.

Carnac’s Alignements represent the efforts of thinking creatures, reflect their longing to create an order with a clearly structured construction, which cannot be found in nature in this way and is therefore obviously distinguishable from the cave paintings, which, clearly recognizable, depicted animals, people, hunting scenes, scenes from everyday life.

In Carnac, man took a great mental step forward by putting one stone in front of another without any indication of a reason that was useful for practical everyday life. The clan at that time started an experiment that reached deep into the plain, without being useful for horticulture, cattle breeding, hunting, building huts or houses. 

Humans shape their environment @ Georges Scherrer

However, the menhirs still bear witness to a well-thought-out system that practically minded workers must consider completely superfluous. The menhir rows seem anything but functional like a grave, a plow or a clothesline.

Dialecticians who are completely focused on the pragmatic utility will see it as an idle gimmick, that the large menhirs are suddenly followed by smaller ones and then larger ones again; as a pastime that unnecessarily takes an inordinate amount of time to set up all the stone slabs.

It is up to us, to take an example from the poets and thinkers, women and male, who used the menhirs for their further intellectual development.

But for some reason the stones follow each other and form impressive avenues. That is why it is definitely worth thinking about this fact, even if the causal utilitarian value of the naturally hewn stone sculptures, which are presented in rank and file, is not evident to us.

Humans shape their environment intellectually @ Georges Scherrer

It is up to us, however, to take an example from the poets and thinkers, women and male, who, in their search for intellectual orientation in the early days of European culture, used the clear line of the menhirs to search for sound arguments for their further intellectual development; it is up to us, so to speak, to further develop the material alignments as substantial mind games.

Influences affect the mind @ Georges Scherrer

One thing drives the observer through his brain when he stands in front of the stone formations, which, as they loke like, are rushing away: they give a firm structure to the thoughts that follow. Today, at first glance, this observation may be puzzled. The historical site is lined with forests and, unfortunately, streets. This can have a disturbing effect on an in-depth examination of this memorable cultural asset, and it can also have a negative impact on the perception of the atmosphere that resonates from primeval times. There is no artificially preserved folklore here. It’s an authentic place.

Time-honoured landmark @ Georges Scherrer

In contrast to many villages feast, where a supposed tradition is held in high regard and converted into sounding coins, there are no fixed barriers surrounding the famous spots on the prehistoric world map on the Atlantic coast, which keep noise emissions and other sources of interference away.

The cars pass very close to the site. One road even breaks through the stone arrangements and cuts through the middle of them. Today’s people develop less sense of order than those of the past, let alone the respect that should be paid to such a place.

Beyond reason @ Georges Scherrer

We take consolation in the fact that our near ancestors, only a few generations back, did not handle the mysterious stone rows any better than we did, who let the cars go on this unique structure, laying fast tracks for impatient drivers everywhere. The genders that preceded us not fare away took advantage of the Alignements in their own way, removing stones from them and using them for the construction of houses and other agriculturally necessary buildings, destroying a human heritage.

Where have the stones gone? @ Georges Scherrer

With roads, we break through the world that we have subjugated, just as those with rows of stones broke through nature, which was presumably still untouched in its time. We make wild breaches in everything that stands in our way in terms of nature.

It is impossible to estimate how powerful the fear of the vast forests was at the time.

Again and again warning voices are raised, warning us against an unconcerned overexploitation of the earth that nourishes us. Were voices also raised at that time that warned against the felling of trees? Of the fact that ghosts in the wood were frightened away and disrupt the business „Lift stones“? How many workers were killed, injured, crippled by falling monumental blocks?

Spirits from the wood @ Georges Scherrer

It is impossible to estimate how powerful the fear of the vast forests was at the time of the erection of the great abundance of linear stone columns among the earthlings, who at that time were still short in stature.


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