Sunday, September 17, 2006

Rotten life – Almost too Easy to Live

Contrary to the dripping dark fin de siecle style of Schopenhaurian nihilism, Camus’ absurd glorifies the sun, and the midday mean; it’s a pagan nihilism of sea, sex and sun:

For the mistake of a certain literature lies in thinking that life is tragic because it is wretched. Life can be magnificent and overwhelming, that is its whole tragedy. Without beauty, love or danger it would be almost easy to live” (Camus) aporia if there ever was one:

In the best ordered lives a moment always comes when the scenery collapses. Why this and that, this woman, this job and this appetite for a future? To put it all in a nutshell, why this fever for life in these legs that are going to rot?” (Camus)

So the question remains, why is Sisyphus happy?