The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #130248   Message #2930578
Posted By: Rapparee
18-Jun-10 - 11:59 AM
Thread Name: BS: End of man-kind
Subject: RE: BS: End of man-kind
If this myth [Sisyphus] is tragic, that is because its hero is conscious. Where would his torture be, indeed, if at every step the hope of succeeding upheld him? The workman of today works every day in his life at the same tasks, and this fate is no less absurd. But it is tragic only at the rare moments when it becomes conscious. Sisyphus, proletarian of the gods, powerless and rebellious, knows the whole extent of his wretched condition: it is what he thinks of during his descent. The lucidity that was to constitute his torture at thes ames time crowns his victory. There is no fate that cannot be surmounted by scorn.

                         --Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus

They have aims, and they know how to attain them. They have an environment and they have information about their environment. They also have spirituality of many kinds, and they talk a great deal. And all of this outside of the real. They live, and they do not realize what they live. Their experience is ordered without being comprehended. They experience of it what component part it has in common with other experiences, and are oriented. To each of them eternity calls, "Be!" They smile at eternity and answer, "I have information."

                        --Martin Buber, Daniel, "On Reality:
                        Dialogue Above The City."