I’m wondering if I’ve mentioned him before, and if you’ve asked yourself that question. I know I asked myself that question not so long ago. But now I’m totally gay for Camus. If having a historical bro-mance with Camus is wrong, I don’t want to be right.
Camus happens to be one of my all-time favorite authors. Although I’m not a huge fan of his fiction, I am a mega-nerd for his non-fiction stuff, particularly the stuff compiled in the book Resistance, Rebellion, and Death. Camus is unlike any other writer you’ll read, because he totally blows your fucking mind.
“Jack, could you please get off Camus’ nuts!” Eat my ass, HTNS. Camus is ballin’ out of control on levels that you can’t even comprehend, and here’s why.
Camus is not the only guy that sees that life is absurd, but he shouldn’t be categorized as an absurdist. I’m sorry, but the notion that we are supposed to spend eighty years on this planet, working our asses off to make ourselves happy, all to just die and not be able to take any of it with us is retarded. It doesn’t matter if you’re a Christian or an Atheist. If you believe in God and heaven, then nothing in this life matters except being moral, and being moral doesn’t always make us happy. If you’re an Atheist, then, well, nothing really matters after die then does it?
So if nothing matters then what’s the point of life? Camus asks that question in the Myth of Sisyphus, and he stops short of saying that we should just kill ourselves. When you think about it, if life is pointless, then wouldn’t suicide be the only logical conclusion? Why waste your time?
We waste our time because we’re human. Being human means being able to shit on the face of absurdity and find enjoyment and happiness in life anyway. I once wrote a paper on this very point and how this all pertains to politics when I was in college (being a political science major and all). At the time I was struggling with Camus’ insight on humanity, let alone what it has to do with politics. But I eventually got it.
Politics is about people. And since politics is about people, that means anyone who even thinks about politics has to understand people. We have to understand what it means to be human, and I think Camus got it right.
It’s our indomitable will to succeed and be happy, despite the joke that is life, that distinguishes us from animals. We have the potential to impose our will upon the physical world around us, to make it our own so that we can thrive not just physically but emotionally as well.
So that’s why the first half of my pen name is
Cam. So who the fuck is Camus? He’s he guy that reminded us that humans can be happy, even when they are being shit on by douchebags.