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The struggle itself toward the heights is enough to fill a man's heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy.Camus
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Posted by Hard Truths on Monday, October 28, 2002 at 21:17:05 :

In Reply to: excuse my ignorance posted by cannotbe on Monday, October 28, 2002 at 20:54:37 :

: but what does that Camus quote mean? the
: "imagine sisyphus happy" one.

It means that we're all stuck in the same sort of bind as Sisyphus. No matter what you're doing, it's about as meaningful as pushing the same rock endlessly up a hill only to have it roll back again. In other words, life's absurd and Sisyphus is a perfect metaphor for your own existence. The problem is to achieve happiness in spite of this. Therefore Camus advises "imagine Sisyphus happy": if you can do that, absurd as it seems, you can also imagine <i>yourself</i> happy - absurd as that seems.




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