Sonntag, Dezember 04, 2005


::: taken from the book "The Myth of Sisiphus and Other Essays" translated from the French by JUSTIN O'BRIEN :::

The Gods had condemned Sisyphus to ceaselessly rolling a rock to the top of a mountain, whence the stone would fall back of its own weight. They had thought with some reason that there is no more dreadful punishment than futile and hopeless labor.
If one believes Homer, Sisyphus was the wisest and most prudent of mortals. According to another tradition, however, he was disposed to practice the profession of highwayman. I see no contradiction in this. opinions differ as to the reasons why he became futile laborer of the underworld.

To begin with, he is accused of a certain levity in regards to the gods. He stole their secrets.

Aegina, the daughter of Aesopus, was carried off by Jupiter. The father was shocked by that disappearance and complained to Sisyphus. He, who knew of the abduction, offered to tell about it on condition that Aesopus would give water to the citadel of Corinth. To the celestial thunderbolts he preferred the benediction of water. He was punished for this in the underworld. Homer tells us also that Sisyphus had put Death in chains. Pluto could not endure the sight of his deserted, silent empire. He dispatched the god of war, who liberated Death from the hands of her conqueror.

It is said also that Sisyphus, being near to death, rashly wanted to test his wife's love ...

(to be continued next Sunday)

I wish you all a good new week,



Blogger Trudging said...

So in other words, don't mess with the gods. In my drinking days I was a lot like sisyphus.

3:40 nachm.  
Blogger NMAMFQLMSH said...

And you have a great week to Castor.
I see you,

4:40 vorm.  
Blogger Spencer said...

Yes have a good week!

5:15 nachm.  
Blogger sirreene said...

Did Trudge say in her drinking days she had a lot of syphilis? Thank goodness there is antibiotics for that! You also have a good week Castor.

10:09 nachm.  
Blogger castor said...

to Trudging:
Me too, that's typical of an alcoholic ... but there isn't written anywhere that Sisyphus hasn't also been an alcoholic ;-) (because the ancient Greeks admired even a God of wine, called Odysseus ;-)!)

11:17 nachm.  
Blogger castor said...

to nmamfqlmsh and Spencer:
Thank you:-)! And I hope that you are also interested in this Essay of Camus which I'll continue publishing next Sunday!

11:24 nachm.  
Blogger castor said...

to Sirreene:
Lol Sirreene! Trudging didn't say that she had got SYPHILIS in her drinking days :-) ... but she said that she FELT LIKE SISYPHUS :-)

11:32 nachm.  
Blogger ElovesU said...

I thought the god of wine was..dionysis

Some times life can seem like endless labor, that no matter how high you push that bolder it can never be done.

I think that keeping an optomistic attitude of that its not how high you push the rock up the hill and if it makes it to the top, but how hard u push and why you push the rock the counts.

We can only do OUR bests and giving up should never be an option.

(do you think that sisyphus could have pushed the boulder up the hill with help?)


6:46 vorm.  
Blogger Cocaine Jesus said...

i love all those old fables and myths. you have a great week too.
as for sirreene's comments on poor old trudging. lol.

10:01 vorm.  
Blogger castor said...

to Elovesu:
Yes of course, Elmo, the god of wine was Dionysos and not Odysseus ;-)! Odysseus came up to my mind for he was probably Sisyphus' son :
The word is that Odysseus was in reality the son of Sisyphus and not of Laertes, the king of Ithaca;-), because Sisyphus had seduced Anticleia, the wife of Laertes ;-)...

Your advisements in regard to the boulder and Sisyphus are certainly very good, Elmo, but Sisyphus, who was already dead, that means : he was already in the HADES (the underworld, the realm of the dead in the Greek Mythology ) when he had to push the boulder up the hill, (in another version he had to roll a mill wheel up to of the hill ... and then when he succeded in doing this work, being on the top of the hill, the boulder or the mill wheel rolled down by itself and Sisyphus had to start again his work, hour by hour, day by day, because this was the punishment, for he had tried to screw the gods !

And so for example, when I thought to have resolved my family-problems (which were my personal boulder or my mill wheel) and I thought that my son was finally happy, the story with my granddaughter happened from one hour to another ...

8:01 nachm.  
Blogger castor said...

to Cocaine Jesus:
You will see, that Camus utilizes the Greek myth to make clear, to clarify his thread, his train of thought of the absurdism in the human life.

8:12 nachm.  

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