Tuesday, September 21, 2010

QotD: One must imagine Sisyphus happy

Can you, Camus?
The struggle itself toward the heights is enough to fill a man's heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy (La lutte elle-même vers les sommets suffit à remplir un cœur d'homme; il faut imaginer Sisyphe heureux). (The Myth of Sisyphus, 1942)
I return again and again to Camus. The fiction, particularly The Plague), but mostly the essays in the collection, The Myth of Sisyphus and the book length essay, The Rebel. More human than the (all too human) Sartre  his work captures a moment in the human experience that consistently rings true.

The final lines from the "Myth of Sisyphus" essay quoted above are a perfect summation of the 20/21st century state of being.

I try to keep Camus close at hand (literally and figuratively!), but just the other day, the always inspirational Tom Moritz happened to close an e-communication with those last lines from the Myth. Perfect timing for my state of mind.

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