Albert Camus: “His thinking was courageous”

“I imagine Sisyphus was happy.” Albert Camus

“Albert Camus (November 7, 1913 – January 4, 1960) was a French philosopher, writer and author, one of the most popular philosophers of the 20th century, and one of the founders of irrationality.” He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1957 “.

The 1957 Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded to Albert Camus “for his important literary production, which clearly illuminates the problems of human consciousness in our time.”

Below is an excerpt from Albert Camus’s Nobel speech at Stockholm City Hall, December 10, 1957

“In the same way, the role of the writer is not free from difficult tasks. By definition it cannot be put in the service of those who make history today. is in the service of those who suffer. Otherwise, he will be alone and deprived of his art “

“On the margins of the dominant philosophical currents, Camus insisted on meditating on the human condition. Refusing to express faith in God, in history or in logic, he opposed Christianity, Marxism and Existentialism. It has never stopped fighting against ideologies and abstractions that abhor human nature. “

His most important books are The Stranger, The Plague, The Fall, Caligula and his philosophical essays The Myth of Sisyphus and The Rebellious Man

“The author who expressed the philosophy of the Absurd, influenced by the nihilistic style that was on the rise in his day, never invested in daydreaming. He exposes the hypocrisy of everyday life, is indifferent to social constructions and needs them, he is not interested in finding meaning where it does not exist. Even today, our desire to make our lives meaningful is such that the possibility that there is no meaning does not cross our minds.

If you do not fit into the molds of society, they see you as a stranger and that is exactly the subject of this book. “Camus wrote” The Stranger “in order to entice readers to think about their mortality and the true meaning of their existence.”

“The concept of irrationality and the relationship between irrationality and suicide are the topics of this essay. Since man acknowledges the difference between his rational desire for understanding and happiness and the silence of the world, can he judge whether life is worth living? This is the fundamental question of philosophy. But if the absurd seems obvious to me, I have to keep it with a clear effort and accept to live experiencing it. My rebellion, my freedom, my passion, will be its consequences. Man, sure that he will die completely, but denying death, freed from the supernatural hope that bound his hands, will be able to experience the passion of life in a world given to its indifference and perishable beauty. But creation is for him the best opportunity to keep his conscience awake in the face of the brilliant and thoughtless images of the world. The struggle of Sisyphus who despises the gods, loves life and hates death becomes the symbol of human destiny. “

A year earlier, in 1956, it was this French writer, philosopher, playwright and combative journalist, completing “The Fall” (Atrapos Publications, 2014): a book that deals most eloquently with two pillars of Western culture. , the (false) ethics of our daily life, that is, and the artificial prosperity.

Jean-Baptiste Clemens, then, begins in this infamous place a self-criticism that develops into a perpetual internal struggle. The model of man, which is universally accepted both professionally, socially and personally, begins through his confession to form a counter-model that declines word by word. A personality made of the worst materials that are in abundance in every corner of the western world: greed, hypocrisy, egocentrism.

(…) They all want to get rich. Why; Ever wondered? For strength, of course. Especially, however, because the riches relieve you of the immediate crisis, take you out of the crowd of the underground metro, to lock you in a nickel-plated car, isolate you in large guarded parks, in wagon-li, in luxury cabins. Wealth, dear friend, is not yet acquittal, but procrastination, something that is always worth taking

A book that is not just worth it, but it needs to be read. And if we should emphasize a single element emanating from t reading it is this and only this: Attention, attention! Creates associative identities. This, I imagine, was the main goal of Camus when he filled his blank pages with ink that were transformed into “Fall”.

Below are some quotes by Albert Camus.

Free is the one who can live without lying.

Freedom is nothing but an opportunity to become better.

Charm is a way to get the answer “yes” without having to ask a clear question.

I rebel – so we exist.

What is a revolutionary? A man who says no.

Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is.

The need to always be right, the seal of a vulgar spirit.

Do not walk in front of me because I may not follow you. Do not walk behind me because I may not lead you. Walk beside me and become my companion.

Truth, like light, is blinding.

The slave begins to seek justice and ends up waiting to wear a crown.

To be happy, we must not worry too much about others,

After all, it takes more courage to live than to commit suicide.

From the moment we all die, it is obvious that where and when does not matter.

Everything is made from a habit. We are ridiculous numbers of a society that acts out of habit, we hate or love out of habit and we think the “big problems” out of habit.

Every time I hear a political speech or read those who govern us, for years I feel terror, because I do not hear anything that sounds human. Always the same words that tell the same lies.

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