Each of us has probably been through the best and worst things life could have. Some may have dealt with their life in a smooth-sailing way, shaking hands with problems just like friends who come and go; always wearing that big smile throughout the day and feeling like their everyday lives have always got what’s in store for them. On the other hand, some may have bonded and experienced the peak of distress, confusion and resentment that led them to realize the pointlessness of living and sometimes came to the invitation of terminating oneself. It is during these instances that the ideas of human existence flash into our minds. Do we still believe in the significance of our lives amidst the everyday’s torments? Are we still able to find the meaning of everything that we do? Are we failing to seek our essence among the absurdity? Albert Camus’ “The Myth of Sisyphus” embarks upon the said questions and confronts the notion of the essence of living.
As Sisyphus returned to earth from the underworld, seeing all the wonderful things that made him happy like how he “enjoyed water and sun, warm stones and sea, facing the curve of the gulf, the sparkling sea and smiles of the earth”, he was immediately snatched from his joys and was forced to go back to the underworld to face his rock. Having said that, it is being implied in the text that we must cherish what we have in our hands for nothing is permanent in this world. All things fleet and expire on its due. The time flies and so does man whose flesh will rot and join the earth. The author says that we must live life to the fullest before death knocks on our door. If it is only in happiness that we find our life worth living, then we can go and indulge ourselves to the things that will make us happy and contented. After all, we only live once and we will all be heading the same path. Camus conveys that it is through these fleeting memories we are able to find the meaning of our existence.
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