Intermezzo: memorial for the fallen

Today your narrator has met the first main character. The second main character is still not fully recovered. In about two weeks they may be able to resume the journey. Your narrator will continue this intermezzo for a while.

The first main character is a few weeks with his family on vacation in Brittany in France. He prepares for the second part of the Odyssey to “Who are you – a survey into our existence”. This second part is an exploration of the five common realities. His fellow traveller and he will visit the stages of science, emotions, emptiness, change/time, and interconnectedness. They will encounter ordinary meaning and madness. They will undergo the beauty and horror of our daily lives. The continuation of the Odyssey has similarities to the efforts and horrors of the separation of air and earth. It is also an exploration into our daily being. After this quest they will both be another human being: the exploration means a farewell to whom they are now.

The first main character is hesitating where to start. He has received the same advice that is given ot the narrator of the Mahābhārata – by Peter Brook [1] – at the start of that search: “Start with yourself”.

During his holiday, the first main character has visited the beaches in Normandy, where on D-day in June 1944 the landing of allied forces took place. Near Omaha Beach at Colleville-sur-Mer a cemetery of approximately 7000 fallen American soldiers is located.


In the Memorial building at this cemetery behind a glass wall, a rifle with helmet – instead of a cross – is placed in the ground as memorial for a fallen soldier.


After seeing the rifle with helmet of the fallen soldier, the first main character notices the similarity between the rifle and the crucifixes when walking on the cemetery. Many cemeteries have crucifixes as headstones for deceased Christians.


The Christian faith is often forcefully spread within the Western world. Until about 320 years AC, Christians are often persecuted for their faith. When the Roman Emperor Constantine recognised the Christian faith as State religion and as his personal faith, the Christian faith is changed from a persecuted faith into a persecuting faith [5]. During the persecution the use of violence is not shunned. The similarity between the sword and the cross as symbol of the Christian faith is striking. The first main character has noticed the similarity between the rifle in the ground as memorial/symbol for the soldier who has fallen for his homeland and the Christian cross — with a certain similarity with a sword that is placed in the ground – as memorial/symbol for a deceased believer.

During his holiday, the first protagonist read the book “The last Amateurs” about the preparation of the boat race between the University teams of Cambridge and Oxford.


The following intermezzo is about amateurs.

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[5] Source: Norwich, John Julius, The Popes, A History, London: Chatto & Windos, 2011 p. 17

[6] Cover of the book:  Rond, Mark de, The last Amateurs, Cambridge: Icon Books, 2008


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