The idea of finding oneself on the Way of St. James reveals the very essence of current concepts of “Identity”, literally and metaphorically. Literally the term ‚finding‘ indicates that something was lost or at least that something could be found, that is: could be with us, but it is not1. Metaphorically the expression of the idea of self-discovery on the Way of St. James seems to show that whatever was lost can be found on the Way of St. James. Does that mean that somewhere on the way walking to Santiago de Compostela one can find one’s own identity in the dust, waiting behind a corner or waving at the finish line together with other’s identities just waiting for one to reach them?

  1. This view appears logically correct applying a dualist epistemology common for 21st century western societies, where something is either one or the other, either male or female, either black or white, either German or not German [As my American superior’s friends said, after she had been rejected and laughed at at the Immigration Office: “Well, you cannot become German, you either are German or you are not”]. [zurück]