Monday, December 27, 2010

Camus' "The Myth of Sisyphus": A Summary

Look, so, nothing matters, right? Shit's fucking weird. We all want to know how the universe ultimately works or who's running the show or whatever, and it turns out - TRICK. FUCKING. QUESTION. No one's running the show, and the world is unreasonable. Ever had some shit happen to you that made you go, "Why the fuck did that happen? There's no reason for that." Turns out, you were right. So our attempts to impose reason on the world will fail. Death and taxes, my friend. Death and motherfucking taxes.
So what do we do? What's the point? Should we just end it if nothing matters? No, says Camus, thats the pussy way out. Instead, we should embrace the fact that nothing makes sense. Don Juan, the fuckaholic that started it all, he embraced the absurd. Life has no meaning, so he. fucked. everything. He didn't try to impose meaning or find meaning or make his own meaning - that shit is useless, and Camus says there's no hope for that, so cut it the fuck out.


Sisyphus, same thing. Sisyphus was punished because he chained death up so humans could live forever, he didn't give a fuck about what the gods said about fate. He was like, "fuck that, I do what I want." When that didn't work, the gods told him he had to roll a boulder up a hill again and again, forever. Sounds like it sucks, right? So why is Sisyphus so goddamned pleased with himself? Because all any of us is doing is rolling boulders up hills, and every time the boulder rolls back down, we're all like "Dude, what the fuck?! I spent all goddamn day rolling that boulder. Fuck." But Sisyphus knows it doesn't matter. He sees it coming. The gods already told him, "What you're doing is meaningless." Once he knew that, he could let go and just be content. Because there's never anything to do except roll boulders. Your options are get pissed when they roll back down, or chill out and not let it bother you. Be content. If you have to do something, you might as well accept it and do it as well as you can. Being pissy just makes you more miserable.
So, to embrace the absurd, you have to acknowledge that life is absurd and live it anyway. Not because you hope you're wrong, but because you know you're right, but living is more fun than not.

35 comments:

  1. Brilliant. Please keep these coming!

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  2. This initial post, and resultant blog, was (as far as I can tell) inspired by the following request:

    > Can somebody please summarise [sic] Camus' "The Myth of Sisyphus" for me using words like "bro", "dude" and "fuckaholic"?

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  3. This is the start of something magical and fantastic.

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  4. This blog is now bookmarked. Nice job.

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  5. Oi, bro... Fucken ay. Keep 'em coming!

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  6. This is awesome. I'm gonna use this for the new year.

    Bookmarked.

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  7. Keep 'em coming. I'm looking forward to Simulacrum theory according to Baudrillard.

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  8. These summaries are wonderful and hysterical. You've been bookmarked!

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  9. I was just introduced to this blog and am really enjoying it, however I would like to throw out a couple of minor ideas pertaining to Camus.

    Camus does not claim that life has no meaning. Instead, he says that if it does it transcends his understanding. This is why his philosophy is not nihilistic, but can be understood as more of an agnostic thought. Additionally, he claims that the individual has the ability to affirm meaning, such as in the choice to not commit suicide, albeit that meaning is limited to the individual.

    I love the Sisyphus explanation, though.

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  10. This was an absolute joy to read!

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  11. Read a few now... but thought you needed some love. Much love!

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  12. Great shit bro, great shit.

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  13. Not that I know what I'm talking about by all means, but one of the messages I received from Camus' essay was that one has to answer the question, "Is life worth living?" Before one can go on to answer any other questions.

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  14. Do you have anything on Plato The Corruption of Man?

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  15. really funny stuff

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  16. Loved it bro!
    And can be summarized in one word :acceptance.
    it sets you free. not from reality, but from getting pissed off about how meaningless it is.

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  17. I am a Double Major in Philosophy and English. I feel compelled to acknowledge the brilliance and beauty that is expressing complicated philosophical content in a simplistic manner. Please keep these coming.

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  18. I just jizzed in my 16th century English notebook. Keep being fucking awesome.

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  19. i have serious bromantic feelings for this website.

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  20. One thing that always struck me about The Myth of Sisyphus is how after the boulder rolls downhill, the time he has to walk down to the boulder again is where he finds the joy in his life.

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  21. @ Anonymous above;
    The joy in life is while walking down the hill to pick up the boulder again.

    That's deep.

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  22. People, stop sucking his dick and leave a comment that shows some sign of comprehension. Fuck boulders I'm building a catapult.

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  23. Want to read a summary of "The Rebel". It's long and a bitch but put into brospeak i think I could developed some comments for it. ( wrote a capstone paper on how camus transitioned from Absurdism to humanism in his life and works)

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  24. Death and taxes...and you're upset about the taxes?

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  25. "Fuck boulders I'm building a catapult."

    -Fine, cool. Just remember not to be pissed off when your catapult breaks every time you try to use it!

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  26. Sisyphus was the original honey badger-
    and life is meaningless ultimately, but still getting up and getting on with it is the ultimate bad-ass move.
    Sisyphus rocks!

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  27. To me this is all about the triumph of the spirit, the incredibly admirable capacity of Man to access his own joy within no matter how hopeless the outer circumstances may be. It blew my mind when I read it in my high school years.

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  28. Philosophy bro, you're the shit, sir.

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  29. so basically #yolo

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  30. Yes, yes, yes. Excellent summary.

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