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Saturday, July 31, 2004

There is but one truly serious philosophical problem and that is suicide.

Worth a dekko.........

The Absurd Hero

Friday, July 30, 2004

Recent Read

I summarized The Stranger a long time ago, with a remark I admit was highly paradoxical: "In our society any man who does not weep at his mother's funeral runs the risk of being sentenced to death." I only meant that the hero of my book is condemmed because he does not play the game. In this respect, he is foreign to the society in which he lives; he wanders, on the fringe, in the suburbs of private, solitary, sensual life. And this is why some readers have been tempted to look upon him as a piece of social wreckage. A much more accurate idea of the character, or, at least one much closer to the author's intentions, will emerge if one asks just how Meursault doesn't play the game. The reply is a simple one; he refuses to lie. To lie is not only to say what isn't true. It is also and above all, to say more than is true, and, as far as the human heart is concerned, to express more than one feels. This is what we all do, every day, to simplify life. He says what he is, he refuses to hide his feelings, and immediately society feels threatened. He is asked, for example, to say that he regrets his crime, in the approved manner. He replies that what he feels is annoyance rather than real regret. And this shade of meaning condems him.
For me, therefore, Meursault is not a piece of social wreckage, but a poor and naked man enamored of a sun that leaves no shadows. Far from being bereft of all feeling, he is animated by a passion that is deep because it is stubborn, a passion for the absolute and for truth. This truth is still a negative one, the truth of what we are and what we feel, but without it no conquest of ourselves or of the world will ever be possible.

One would therefore not be much mistaken to read The Stranger as the story of a man who, without any heroics, agrees to die for the truth. I also happen to say, again paradoxically, that I had tried to draw in my character the only Christ we deserve. It will be understood, after my explanations, that I said this with no blasphemous intent, and only with the slightly ironic affection an artist has the right to feel for the characters he has created.

Preface to The Stranger
by Albert Camus
January 8, 1955

It has been some time since I have had this blog. There wasn't much of an intention to do anything with it in the first place. It has been a document of my gradual loss of reason and onset of delusion. I wrote a lot, initially; however, deleted it in a moment of altered reality. It has taken me some time to come to terms with what had begun to happen a long long time ago. Slippage is the norm, Sanity - a fleeting mirage.
The only entity that is somehow alive is the documenter, who, for reasons myriad, remains detached, indifferent and apathetic.
And therefore, at the trough of yet another downer, you find these words - atemporal,  inconsequent and disconnected. I do not know what I am doing here. And it does not matter.

Wednesday, July 28, 2004


The more I notice people going easy on themselves, the harder I go on myself..................only to let go at the end.

Wednesday, July 21, 2004


It has been a long time................or has it?

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