true of all evils,
true of plague, It helps people
rise above themselves
In 1947, Albert Camus wrote in his book, “The Plague” that, “What’s true of all the evils in the world is true of plague as well. It helps men to rise above themselves.”
According to Wikipedia, “The Plague represents how the world deals with the philosophical notion of the Absurd.
In philosophy, “the Absurd” refers to the conflict between the human tendency to seek inherent value and meaning in life, and the human inability to find any in a purposeless, meaningless or chaotic and irrational universe. The universe and the human mind do not each separately cause the Absurd, but rather, the Absurd arises by the contradictory nature of the two existing simultaneously.“
In the Otto Preminger movie about a murder trail in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Anatomy of a Murder, Prosecutor Mitchell objects saying, “This testimony is incompetent, hearsay…irrelevant, immaterial, inconclusive…”
This brings defense attorney Paul Biegler to say, “That’s too much for me.”
If the absurd absurd is about the human inability to find any in a purposeless, meaningless or chaotic and irrational universe …
Well, that’s too much for me.
But hard to find a better word to describe life today other than absurd.
Just maybe, we can rise above ourselves.