Absurdity: The Myth of Sisyphus Essay

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As humans we are creatures of habit. We settle in to our daily routines: waking up, going to work, studying, etc. At times, we have moments of lucidity which break these routines temporarily, these junctures of time provoke you into contemplating your own existance. If there is no meaning or point to life our existence is absurd. Our aspirations for ourself will cease, and so will those of the next generations, so on and so forth until everything ceases. Our existence is a reflection of Sysiphus', always pushing the boulder up the mountain but never truly completing the task, it is how we function with the knowledge of our absurdity and making life worthwhile. The legend of Sisyphus and his fate is an echo of our own. Sisyphus was…show more content…
This conflict is a clash between reality and our aspiration. As humans we long for clarity and meaning, however we are faced with reality, the total absence of meaning, and this is when absurdity arises. Thomas Nagel assertions in his essay The Absurd partially corelates with Camus' belief that absurdity arises when there is a clash between need and reality; however, Nagel believes that the conflict is more so between our ambitions in our life and the way life (reality) fails to meet them. Both philosophers agree that there are lucid moments within ones life, these junctures of time lead people to contemplate there existence. Most people reach an epiphany at this time: their desire for what the world should be conflicts with how the world actually is. (EXAMPLE)Nagel believes the collision of these two viewpoints is what makes life absurd, “The sense that life as a whole is absurd arises when we perceive, perhaps dimly, an inflated pretension or aspiration which is inseparable from the continuation of human life which make its absurdity inescapable, short of escape from life itself,” (Klemke and Cahn 145). Once man has insight into the fact that reality is moot, he must make two choices: changing his ambitions to better accord to reality or by removing himself from the situation entirely. Escaping reality would lead to the ending of life itself, which correlates with Camus belief that one must make a decision: suicide or consequence. Joel

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