Yes, you have it Parlez.
This is a definite point in favor of Laurent using Antionne as his spokesman for sacrificing self for humanity. He pretty much says it here.
His goal: To seach for the human in humankind
His selflessness: I offer myself as a human specimen, sacrificing my own life for the good of a generic global vision.
Remember the tidbit from Laurant
From the Philippe Perrier interview (Tidbit #?)
“I traveled to Asia. People, over there, attach less importance to the life than us. I attended a funeral, they had burned died it and made small packages of its ashes. Then, they hung these packages with rockets which they sent towards the sky. Here, we have too high opinion of the individual existence. The individual, for me, is not worth anything; he can die of the day at the following day and has importance only as a sample. What counts, be the human one, the universal one. To seize the human one through the individual, that, it is interesting.”