So we’re doing Camus is English now. Shit’s DE-PRESS-ING. All the books last year and the book s we’re gonna read all seem so demoralizing and stuff. So anyways, it still gets people thinking about the meaning of life, cause if humans are all exceptionally good at something, it’s trying to find the meaning of life.
Camus reasons that the meaning of life is life itself; there is no other larger purpose or force that has brought us here- but I have to disagree because I’m a christian and I believe that God has put us here for a reason. But even so, evil is present in every religion, for there needs to be an adversary for good to arise. Humans long for justice and fairness: for good to be rewarded and evil to be punished. Camus sees the world as a different place, “it is what it is”. Death is not what’s absurd about living, because depending on how life is spent, death might even come as a blessing. Take for example, Sisyphus, whose task in life imposed on him by the Gods was to roll a stone up a hill and then upon reaching the top, rolling it back down.
Instead, the absurd is that all our achievements, joys, memories, and so much more, will be for naught when we die. What does this mean for us? In ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’, a machine has been made to calculate the meaning of life, but the answer was something no one had expected: 42. This shows us that humans have gotten too absorbed in finding the meaning of life that we don’t even know what exactly we want to figure out. Something we can all do is to just live in the moment, something that would have made a lot of my days happier.
Seize the day!