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Eulogies to Life

Today I heard another eulogy at a memorial service. With time you pick up certain patterns. Firstly there is a broad outline of the life celebrated. Then we hear  the funny stories – the little events that bring smiles of remembrance and love. But there is always mention of the trials and tribulations faced and usually conquered. The whole story of each life then is a mixture, an amalgam and a pastiche that is bitter sweet.

Well this afternoon’s service included the playing of the theme from Colin Dexter’s Inspector Morse – a British detective series based around Oxford. And for the first time I noticed the depth of this music. It was a bitter-sweet tune which seemed to encapsulate not just the funny and the sad but the mystery, contradiction and enigma which is  life. I was going to comment of this fact. But left it, for the music had spoken the better for me.

 

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Alone Morse versus Lonely Lewis

It as amazing how themes of real concern are explored even in TV detective series. Take the ever popular Inspector Morse dramas by Colin Dexter and the the spin –off Lewis sequels. Both are set amongst the dreaming Spires of Oxford and consist of  nearly infallible policeman and his devoted if sometimes cheeky side-kick. investigating some usually gruesome murders Yet there very real differences in the Morse and Lewis characters when in the lead role.  Whilst both are single, Morse is is a life long bachelor and content with his music, beer, jaguar and the occasionally flirtation with women who always let him down. He appears then only to be occasionally lonely. Lewis is very essentially different. He eats his fast food, is comforted by his cat and grieves for his wife killed in a hit-and-run accident. Lewis is desperately lonely. However with thought we detect what separates them; not their situation. Instead it is the choices they have made in their situation. For as a result of what they have chosen for themselves, Morse is single and Lewis truly alone.

 

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