Absurdism and Living in the Present: Embracing Life’s Inherent Absurdity
A school of thought
Absurdism is a philosophical perspective that emerged in the mid-20th century, notably associated with the works of philosopher Albert Camus.
At its core, absurdism acknowledges the inherent meaninglessness of life, highlighting the stark contrast between humanity’s quest for meaning and the indifferent, chaotic universe.
In an absurd world, people grab the absurdity of seeking purpose in a universe that seems indifferent to their pursuits.
The Absurd Condition
The absurd creator or artist.
Since explanation is impossible, absurd art is restricted to a description of the innumerable experiences in the world.
“If the world were clear, art would not exist.” — Albert Camus.
Absurd creation, of course, also must refrain from judging and from alluding to even the slightest shadow of hope.
In his essay “The Myth of Sisyphus,” (a 1942 philosophical essay by Albert Camus), he presents the image of Sisyphus condemned to roll a boulder up a hill for eternity, only to have it roll back down each time.
The futility of Sisyphus’s task embodies the human condition, facing the absurdity of existence and the continual search for meaning amid apparent meaninglessness.
Living in the Present in an Absurd World
- Acceptance of Absurdity: Embracing absurdism involves acknowledging life's inherent lack of ultimate meaning.
Instead of succumbing to despair, people can confront the absurd with courage and defiance.
- Creation of Personal Meaning: While the universe may lack inherent…