In the essay The Myth of Sisyphus, Albert Camus attempts to give answers to some tough questions. He wants to know if life is worth living or how we can make it worth living, as well as whether or not it is possible to live with certainty. To him, the absurd man realizes that life is absurd after his expectations are repeatedly contradicted and he realizes the world is an unreasonable place that cannot be explained. These unreasonable expectations of certainty ultimately cause many absurd men to think that life is not worth living when they are faced with what they feel is a hopeless situation. Camus offers an alternative to the problem the absurd man faces and it is not suicide or “Philosophical suicide”. Other philosophers commit philosophical suicide by suggesting that there is enough evidence, whatever it maybe, that one should survive on hope alone or make some leap. But Camus thinks that if a person is honest and truthful to themselves that they know they are nothing more than “a stranger” in this world. So how does one live a life worth living when faced with absurdity?
In The Myth of Sisyphus, Camus is talking about how suicide is the most serious philosophical problem. The question of whether living is worth it should be the most fundamental question to philosophy. Suicide is usually committed due to personal troubles, like Camus’ example of the office manager whose daughter had died. According to Camus, “killing yourself amounts to confessing.” A person who commits suicide has accepted that they couldn’t handle life or it’s not worth living. Many philosophers see the question of suicide as a simple yes or no question or they don’t take it serious like Schopenhauer. Camus claims that suicide is the result of life being worthless, whereas absurdity is connected with life being meaningless. Absurdity seems to have two escapes, hope or suicide.
In Albert Camus essay "The Myth of Sisyphus", he claims suicide is a confession that life is not worth living. That many people have a conflict with understanding what it is they want from the universe and what we end up settling for. He argues that life is meaningless and absurd yet we have the power to rebel against the absurdity and take control over our own fate in happiness. But perhaps there is an alternative to suicide, a permanent solution to a temporary problem.
Burdens are bore by people within their everyday lives, and within even the simplest of lifestyles. The example made by Albert Camus in The Myth of Sisyphus uses Sisyphus to exemplify how life can be empty for some and viewed as futile and while this presents challenges, it is what one does with the difficulty that results in what the quality of life may be. Within this depiction, Camus presents the concept of absurdity, which can be viewed as a part of the essence in human existence and should be taken as a challenge to be continued. Sisyphus, although repeating an endless retribution, finds the ability to look past this punishment and forward towards a “silent joy” that allows him to live in an uncertain state. In defining the interest, which
Albert Camus posed the question, "Should I kill myself, or have a cup of coffee?" It was in this question that my intellectual curiosity was truly awoken as a tenth grader. My fascination stemmed both from the absurdity of the question and upon further insight from the absurdist interpretation. If everything results in death what is the meaning in our daily actions? My response to this question changed twice before I came to a personal conclusion to Camus' seemingly rhetorical question. At first I conveniently believed that having a cup of coffee was the correct answer. However, after exploring absurdism I began to understand Camus' viewpoint and quickly switched to having no response, because even though I began to comprehend the 'meaninglessness'
Suicide has become a big part of American society, year after year more people are taking their own lives for many different reasons. A lot of philosophers have broken down all the reasons of suicides into two different categories, rational suicide and irrational suicide. A rational suicide has been given five basic criteria that usually must be met for the person's act to be considered rational. The five criteria which a person
As the dust settled after the Second World War, ruins, bodies, and memories scarred the desolated European and Pacific theatres. Hiroshima and Nagasaki’s mushroom clouds testified to human potency and impunity. War grew cold in the frightening spectre of MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction), as the Global North’s economic engines fired for reconstructing Europe and Japan. Meanwhile, the United Nations revived and expanded the shattered dream of the League of Nations.
There are four types of suicide: the first is Altruistic- which is when there is too much integration, which in turn, leads to an individual’s loss of identity as an individual. Instead, he or she is acknowledged through what group he or she is a part of as a collective. This then leads one to commit suicide, because of their willingness to sacrifice oneself for the collective, since they have no individualism.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for people between the ages of 15 and 29(3). That number is astounding, and it’s growing. Many people consider suicide because they feel like they put pressure on others due to how they feel, and that friends and family would be happier if they were not around any longer. They feel insignificant, useless, and unimportant. These feelings are unfounded, and are a product of your mind and how you feel. There are always people around who care about you, and there is always something to keep living for. Human life has value, even if you feel like yours