• The ephemeral art of sand sculptures ...
• ... built in the shadow
of German bunkers ...
• ... creates questions that make you think!
Read & consider one of the most fundamental choices in life!
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Vacation in the Middle of Nowhere, Denmark :-)
come back from a week's vacation in the north western part of
the small kingdom that is Denmark. (That's about as far away
from the capital of Copenhagen - where I live - as you can
We lived in a cottage right about in the middle
of nowhere. No landline phones and no Internet - which was
kind of interesting in itself. It made me realize how used to,
and dependent on, the Net I've become. But that's not the
point here - or maybe it is, sort of, because this blog post
is partly about contrasts.
The cottage is situated more
or less in the expansive dunes near the beach, so we could
hear the sea both outside and inside of the house. And since
that sea is in reality the Atlantic Ocean (though locally we
simply call it the Western Sea), well, there's quite some
power to it at times. Big waves, big noise.
Ephemeral Art Contest
Every Wednesday during the summer
there's a 'sandcastle building competition' on the beach.
Regular people (mostly local Danish tourists like myself)
sculpt wonderful things out of the readily available beach
sand and sea weed and shells and after a few hours of sand
sculpting the winner of the week is selected by local judges.
Consequently, every week new sand sculptures arise out of
the shapeless beach sand. They last from a few hours to a few
days, depending on the weather and the sea. Talk about
So, this week, on the beach there were
men, women, racing cars ...
... snakes, crocodiles, horses ...
... tennis rackets, castles, canoes ...
... giant ice cream cones and gigantic chess boards ...
... all sculpted out of sand.
Something else, that's on
that beach, too, is concrete bunkers.
Not Art and
Certainly Not Ephemeral Art
Yes, that's right, concrete
bunkers. During World War 2 the German Third Reich lead by
Adolf Hitler felt that Das Reich didn't have enough beaches
and so they occupied Denmark (and Norway, too).
Actually, Germans still feel that they don't have enough
beaches so they still come to Denmark, but now they bring
money instead of tanks and troops, which we much prefer.
The German occupation of Denmark (starting April 1940) was
a dark chapter of in our country's history (full of
oppression, resistance and violence) and every year in the
early summer many Danes still celebrate the liberation of
Denmark by British and American troops in May 1945.
German Conquerors - and Builders
Back in the 1940s
the highly efficient German war machine decided it needed to
defend those nice Danish beaches (along with most other West
European beaches in the so called 'Atlantic Wall'), and so the
Germans built bunkers.
And when the Germans build
something, they build it to last. German cars, for instance,
are world famous for that. The German bunkers are a little
less famous, but they actually last longer.
of the ego classification tool of the Enneagram
the German nation is Enneatype 1 - the Perfectionist. When a
perfectionist does something he or she REALLY does it - as
close to perfectly as possible).
Back to the
Ephemeral Art on the Beach
Thus the weekly competition of
sandcastle building on the beach where I was having my
vacation takes place right next to the remnants of those
German bunkers. To me that was a study in contrasts.
Happy people of all nationalities (including friendly
German tourists) having wonderful fun building and sculpting
things they knew wouldn't be there tomorrow - or even in a few
hours - virtually in the shadow of the permanent concrete
reminders of a war that took place many decades ago.
So, I got to thinking, what's important in this life?
Fighting, conquering and subsequently living in fear, trying
to defend your bloody spoils (creating bunkers on the beach)
... or simply having fun across the arbitrary national borders
and accepting the complete impermanence of things (creating
ephemeral art on the same beach)?
Ego vs. Soul
if you ask the ego
, your ego, it'll respond 'being
serious and efficient while defending yourself against the
others'. Your ego will go for the bunkers.
Your ego is
a defence mechanism and unless you happen to have and ego of
Enneatype 7, which is the Enthusiast/Adventurer, your ego will
think in terms of defence. (By the way, egos of Enneatype 7
think the same way, only they focus on having fun and making
people smile as a defensive measure).
But if you ask
your heart and your soul they'll answer 'being open, relaxed
and accepting while playing with the others and having fun'.
Your heart and soul will go for the ephemeral art. It's all
for the 'be here now' things in life. Or, in other words,
smile now, die later!
He, he, another word for the
ephemeral art of sand sculptures might be 'smile now cry later
The point is this:
It's actually a choice. You get to choose.
Seriousness or fun? Defence or acceptance? Fear or love?
Concrete bunkers or ephemeral art?
And what's more,
it's a choice you have to make. You can't really avoid it;
it's a part of life in relative reality [LINK] as we know it.
So, it's a choice you're going to make whether you want to or
not. Either subconsciously or consciously.
You make it
every day, many times a day; in your work, in your
relationships and in every conceivable part of your life.
Think about that ... the bunkers of the scared or the
ephemeral art of the people who live laugh love?
to your fearful ego and be all serious and defensive - or
listen to your heart and soul and be all open, accepting and
What do YOU choose?
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