Sonntag, Jänner 08, 2006


The painting is by Franz Stuck (1863 - 1928 )

... The boundless grief is too heavy to bear. These are our nights of Gethsemane. But crushing truths perish from being acknowledged...

Thus Oedipus ( ) at the outset obeys fate without knowing it. But from the moment he knows, his tragedy begins. Yet at the same moment, blind and desperate, he realizes that the only bond linking him to the world is the cool hand of a girl. Then a tremendous remark rings out: "Despite so many ordeals, my advanced age and the nobility of my soul make me conclude that all is well." Ancient wisdom confirms modern heroism.

One does not discover the absurd without being tempted to write a manual of happiness. " What! by such narrow ways - ? " There is but one world, however. Happiness and the absurd are the two sons of the same earth. They are inseparable. It would be a mistake to say that happiness necessarily springs from the absurd discovery. It happens as well that the feeling of the absurd springs from happiness.

"I conclude that all is well," says Oedipus, and that remark is sacred. It echoes in the wild and limited universe of man. It teaches that all is not, has not been, exhausted. It drives out of this world a god who had come into it with dissatisfaction and a preference for futile sufferings. It makes of fate a human matter, which must be setteled among men.

All Sisyphus' silent joy is contained therein. His fate belongs to him. His rock is his thing. Likewise, the absurd man, when he contemplates his torment, silences all the idols.
In the universe suddenly restored to its silence, the myriad wondering little voices of the earth rise up. Unconscious, secret calls, invitations from all the faces, they are the necessary reverse and price of victory. There is no sun without shadow, and it is essential to know the night.

Next Sunday I'll publish the last part of Camus' essay and I wish you all a great new week.



Blogger Trudging said...

I have enjoyed reading them

10:49 nachm.  
Blogger castor said...

to Trudging:
Yes, and Camus' ideas remain valid at all times!

1:20 nachm.  

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