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Mon Nov 22, 2021 12:20 am
There is but one truly serious philosophical problem, and that is suicide. Judging whether life is or is not worth living amounts to answering the fundamental question of philosophy. All the rest— whether or not the world has three dimensions, whether the mind has nine or twelve categories—comes afterwards. These are games; one must first answer. And if it is true, as Nietzsche claims, that a philosopher, to deserve our respect, must preach by example, you can appreciate the importance of that reply, for it will precede the definitive act. These are facts the heart can feel; yet they call for careful study before they become clear to the intellect. - Camus The myth of Sysyphus

The question
As Camus states, in perhaps his most important contribution to mankind: There is one question we must answer before considering anything else. One matter that supersedes all. Whether you follow the lord, some inf*rnal spirit or are alone on this earth with no master to guide you is irrelevant before the crushing truth. Should we care about anything at all? Is life worth living?

It might be tempting to exclaim: "How can you say something so horrible, so blasphemous! Surely you don't really mean this?" But I have to assure you, I'm quite serious about these matters. When building a house one does not start with the roof. It would be quite the charade. Likewise we must build our faith on a solid foundation. We must take matters from the beginning and build up to proper faith. One more solid than any foundation, if we wish for it to withstand all. Therefore we must cast aside our horror, and look even death in the eye with a calm rationality and a steady hand. We must raise our chin and if we attempt to defy it, we must exclaim so proudly.

The body
Ultimately, we can observe that every man's destiny is to perish. Yet even the bible demands of us to live. People live all around us. Despite facing inevitable death almost every single one of us struggles against it with all our might. But what good is our weak fist against a foe so all encompassing as death itself? Is it not absurd to fight, no, to wage war against a foe so overwhelming? YES! It's ridiculous! It is absurd! One might say that the very premise of our lives is absurd itself. Upon arriving all we may know for certain is that we will perish.

We are presented with two choices. We can surrender and lay down our swords before the reaper, or we can embrace this. This absurdity. We should embrace that life itself is unreasonable and absurd. That the very premise of our time on earth is absurdness itself. And so we struggle, and in that struggle find meaning. That's what it means to be an absurd man.

And thus
What side do you stand on? Do you falter? Do you fight? How do you think about this matter? Ultimately the conclusion is the same, but I still think it's quite significant. Personally I live in a constant revolution against death, and embrace the absurdity of this. Once you've done that you may demand anything, for nothing is more absurd than you already are.
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