CHAPTER 9: the myth of Sisyphus
Camus claims that there is a fundamental conflict between what we want from the
universe and what we find in the universe (meaning, order and reason vs formless
We will never find the meaning of life in the universe.
Either we will find the meaning of by placing our hopes in god or we will
conclude that life is meaningless.
If life has no meaning is it worth living?
If that was the case we would have no choice but to commit suicide or make a
leap of faith.
Camus believes there’s another option: accept and continue living in a life that is
ABSURDISM: philosophical school of thought that states that we are trying to find
meaning in this life and we will ultimately fail.
Camus suggests that living with the absurd is facing the contradiction and
maintaining constant awareness of it.
Facing absurd does not mean suicide – actually allows us to live life to the fullest.
3 characteristics of the absurd life:
REVOLT: we must not accept any answer or reconciliation in our struggle
FREEDOM: we are free to think and behave as we choose
PASSION: we must pursue a life of rich and diverse experiences
4 examples of the absurd life:
1. The seducer; who pursues the passions of the moment
2. The actors; who compresses the passions of hundre