Invoking Camus to Live: On Finding Meaning in a Meaningless World
Shammas, Michael. "Invoking Camus to Live." The Huffington Post. July 15, 2015 (revised October 30, 2018)
4 Pages Posted: 9 Oct 2019
Date Written: October 30, 2018
For years, I've been haunted by a question: What is the meaning — the point — of any of this hub-bub if, at the end, I’ll die? Assuming there is no afterlife, that after dying I’ll return to that duplicate state (or non-state) of consciousness I possessed before birth — nothingness — what difference does it make whether I plod on to eighty or expire this instant? What gives if I live a life of public utility or private quietude? Either way, it will presently be as if none of this ever transpired. The curtains will descend over my consciousness — a brief and anomalous crack of light flitting amidst two eternities of darkness. Is the only realness nothingness, the only truth our finitude, mortality, and cosmic insignificance against an incomprehensibly vast universe? Albert Camus's absurdist philosophy provides a path out of this conundrum.
Keywords: Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus, The Stranger, Existentialism, Sartre, Philosophy, Michael Shammas, The Rebel, Meaning, Ernest Becker
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