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I had lived my life one way and I could just as well have lived it another ~ Celebrate Albert Camus’ Birthday Today

Then, I don’t know why, but something inside me snapped. I started yelling at the top of my lungs, and I insulted him and told him not to waste his prayers on me. I grabbed him by the collar of his cassock. I was pouring out on him everything that was in my heart, cries of anger and cries of joy. He seemed so certain about everything, didn’t he? And yet none of his certainties was worth one hair of a woman’s head. He wasn’t even sure he was alive, because he was living like a dead man. Whereas it looked as if I was the one who’d come up empty-handed. But I was sure about me, about everything, surer than he could ever be, sure of my life and sure of the death I had waiting for me. Yes, that was all I had. But at least I had as much of a hold on it as it had on me. I had been right, I was still right, I was always right. I had lived my life one way and I could just as well have lived it another. I had done this and I hadn’t done that. I hadn’t done this thing but I had done another. And so? It was as if I had waited all this time for this moment and for the first light of this dawn to be vindicated. Nothing, nothing mattered, and I knew why. So did he. Throughout the whole absurd life I’d lived, a dark wind had been rising toward me from somewhere deep in my future, across years that were still to come, and as it passed, this wind leveled whatever was offered to me at the time, in years no more real than the ones I was living. What did other people’s deaths or a mother’s love matter to me; what did his God or the lives people choose or the fate they think they elect matter to me when we’re all elected by the same fate, me and billions of privileged people like him who also called themselves my brothers? Couldn’t he see, couldn’t he see that? Everybody was privileged. The others would all be condemned one day. And he would be condemned, too.

-Albert Camus, The Stranger

 

Albert Camus and The Stranger ~

(via  on YouTube, published Oct 8, 2012)

 

Camus vs. Sartre ~

(via  on YouTube, published Feb 4, 2011)

…* {John Lloyd’s Animated Tour of the Invisible}

An absolute must-see:  An animated video of John Lloyd‘s–the man who has founded his entire career on eliciting a sense of wonder– classic 2009 TED Talk, which will make you question what you actually know.

What’s the point? The point, what I’ve got it down to, is there are only two questions really worth asking: Why are we here? and What should we be doing about it while we are? To help you, I’ve got two things to leave you with from two great philosophers. Perhaps two of the greatest philosopher thinkers of the 20th century. One a mathematician and an engineer, and the other a poet. First is Ludwig Wittgenstein, who said, “I don’t know why we are here, but I’m pretty sure it’s NOT in order to enjoy ourselves.” * He was a cheerful bastard, wasn’t he? And secondly, and lastly, W.H. Auden, one of my favorite poets, who said, “We are here on Earth to help others. What the others are here for, I’ve NO idea.”

*Then again, legend has it that Wittgenstein’s last words, which he uttered to his landlady, were “Tell them it’s been wonderful!”
Source: TED.com
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