This is the most controversial post I have ever written in ten years of blogging. I wrote it because I was very angry at a specific incident. Not meant as a criticism of feminism, so much as of a certain way of operationalizing feminism. A few days ago, in response to a discussion of sexual harassment at MIT, Aaronson reluctantly opened up about his experience as a young man:
If the rock rolled back down the mountain, Sisyphus pushed it up again. The Myth of Sisyphus, Camus The Gods wanted to punish Sisyphus with a fate worse then death, eternal and meaningless labor. However, Sisyphus found happiness in accepting his fate.
In The Myth Of Sisyphus, Camus depicts a man who transcends his absurd condition to find happiness in an otherwise futile and hopeless life. Camus, The Stranger, provides readers with a similar message. In The Stranger, Meursault, like Sisyphus, is forced to bear a hopeless fate, death.
Just as Sisyphus transcends his meaningless fate, so Meursault transcends his. Camus argues, using Meursault as a parallel to Sisyphus, that one can still find happiness in futility, by rejecting God and hope, accepting ones temporal existence, and embracing the present.
And do you really live with the thought that when you die, you die, and nothing remains? The chaplain cannot imagine living with such a hopeless notion of death. As a man of God, full of hope, he believes in an afterlife. The idea that nothing remains after death horrifies him. His certainty that more remains after death hinders his ability to accept his temporal existence and hopeless fate.
Waiting for another life strips the chaplain of the ability to live consciously and presently, it leads him down a blind ally. He lives like a dead man. Meursault does not even know when his mother died: He also does not know her age! He does not know when his mother died nor her age because it makes no difference.
Meursault consciously understands that one day everyone will die and nothing will remain of them. He knows that the world will continue to turn and people will continue to live their lives whether he or Maman dies or not.
Men may delude themselves by hoping for an afterlife, but Meursault does not. Meursault lives for the present and that alone is enough. Throughout the novel, the motif of nature repeatedly arises. Above the hills that separate Marengo from the sea, the sky was streaked with red.
And the wind coming over the hills brought the smell of salt with it. Meursault realizes this as well because he lives in the present.
He notices the world around him. By rejecting the notion of an afterlife and accepting that he will die some day, Meursault is able to immerse himself in nature and the present to obtain happiness.Obama’s Unconstitutional ‘Czar Power Grab’ Must Be Stopped.
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From the existentialist point of view you must accept the risk and responsibility of your choices and follow the commitment to wherever it leads. Essay on Camus’ The Stranger.
Also, “it starts to look like me and the feminists” should be “looks like I”. And “untitled” doesn’t really make sense. And if biology is a hard science, it’s on the extreme soft edge of hard sciences.
I went to a dinner party at a friend’s home last weekend, and met her five-year-old daughter for the first time. Little Maya was all curly brown hair, doe-like dark eyes, and adorable in her shiny pink nightgown.
1. Foreword by David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Corruption is the cancer at the heart of so many of our problems in the world today.