11: The Myth of Sisyphus

you can actually read a summarized version of the novel on wikipedia that pretty much makes everything easier to read…

book 39 of the GREAT IDEAS SERIES

because there were many times that i had no idea what i was reading.

but at least i clearly know the difference between absurd ism, nihilism, and existentialism

Camus is a great writer and it clearly shows, that even though i am reading about philosophy, i am not all that bored, but sometimes i am confused.

these days, i try not to think too much so forcing myself to read something philosophical is in turn my homework for not killing all the brain cells that are still there…

some quotes as usual:

page 12:

Likewise and during every day of an unillustrious life, time carries us. but a moment always comes when we have to carry it. We live on the future: ‘tomorrow’, ‘later on’, ‘when you have made your way,’ ‘you will understand when you are old enough’. Such irrelevancies are wonderful, for, after all, it’s a matter of dying. Yet a time comes when a man notices or says that he is thirty. Thus he asserts his youth. But simultaneously he situates himself in relation to time. He takes his place in it. He admits that he stands at a certain point on a curve that he acknowledges having to travel to its end. He belongs to time and, by the horror that seizes him, he recognizes his worst enemy. Tomorrow, he was longing for tomorrow, whereas everything in him ought to reject it. the revolve of the flesh is the absurd.

page 41

Thinking is not unifying or making the appearance familiar under the guise of a great principle. thinking is learning all over again how to see, direction one’s consciousness, making of every image a privileged place.

page 51

It was a previously a question of finding out whether or not life had to have a meaning to be lived. It now becomes clear on the contrary that it will be lived all the better if it has no meaning.

page 52

Suicide, like the leap, is acceptance at is extreme. Everything is over and man returns to his essential history.

page 63

But it is bad to stop, hard to be satisfied with a single way of seeing, to go without contradiction, perhaps the most subtle of all spiritual forces. the preceding merely defines a way of thinking. But the point is to live.

page 114

All that remains is a fate whose outcome alone is fatal. Outside of that single fatality of death, everything, joy or happiness, is liberty. A world remains of which man is the sole master. what bound him was the illusion of another world. the outcome of his thought, ceasing to be renunciatory, flowers in images. It frolics – in myths to be sure – but myths with no other depth than that of human suffering and, like it, inexhaustible. Not the divine fable that amuses and blinds, but the terrestrial face, gesture, and drama in which are summed up a difficult wisdom and an ephemeral passion.

Posted: December 20th, 2011
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