stone face

The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus is one of those books, my favorite kind, that has worked on my consciousness for years after reading it. When revisiting certain passages, it strikes me that I had been thinking along these lines to the point that now the words sing to me more than ever.

The gist of the book’s message is to live the most (not the best) by focusing attention on the experience of existence while acknowledging the absurdity of our condition (that we yearn for meaning in a random existence, so we “color the void” with our images).

“It is during that return, that pause, that Sisyphus interests me.  A face that toils so close to stones is already stone itself! I see that man going back down with a heavy yet measured step toward the torment of which he will never know the end.  That hour like a breathing-space which returns as surely as his suffering, that is the hour of consciousness. At each of those moments when he leaves the heights and gradually sinks toward the lairs of the gods, he is superior to his fate.  He is stronger than his rock.” Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus (p. 121)

When I’m feeling the tragic fate of existence, it is this private victory that I keep in mind.

9 thoughts on “stone face”

  1. “Focusing the attention on the experiences of existing”
    This is everything, too many of us focus on an end goal and there is none. All we have to do is live and enjoy and the rest will take care of itself! 😃❤️🙏

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  2. Haha yes! And Laugh at the absurdity–even/especially if it was just the thing that was frustrating you moments before. Seek a perspective that will allow you to laugh at the just plain utter silliness of it all.
    Well. put.

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      1. Camus taught me to acknowledge the Absurdity of Life. It was as if he spoke to me in a conspiratorial manner, behind his hand “” none of this makes any sense. just keep moving your feet & breathing”” .. forever after, a changed perception .

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