Feb 23, 2018 #1
live life to its full potential
Does life have a meaning? This universal question has gone unanswered for thousands of years, or at least for my entire life. Albert Camus was a man whose views contributed to absurdism, a philosophy that was expressed in his novel The Stranger, a book that kept me reading and questioning. Camus believed that although a human should accept the condition of life being absurd, he should still continue to go explore and look for the meaning of life. He basically believed that life means what you want it to mean, what you make it to mean. I side with Camus.
Albert Camus basically defines the meaning of life by using the Myth of Sisyphus to illustrate that the world can't meet the demands of definition. What's the Myth of Sisyphus you ask? When a man named Sisyphus was punished by the gods with a task to roll a boulder up the hill all day knowing it's just going to roll back down, Sisyphus learned to accept the absurdity and enjoy his life although he found his task meaningless. What Camus is trying to get at is if we can't imagine that Sisyphus is happy at life, we will never be. There's no real objective meaning to life, there never is going to be; life is what you make it out to be, if you sit on your arse all your life, go to work, come home, and sleep, and that's it, that's not living life. Because of this, he finds religion or spirituality as a coward's way out from the reality of our world.
After my Grandma passed, I realized that life is short because you don't know what can come up. I was 11 when she passed and I couldn't even say goodbye because at first I didn't know what was happening, but then my little brain started to piece it together, piece by piece, she was gone. It was then that I realized , I need to make the most of my life, I need to do what I want to do in life. Life is what you make it, so make the best out of it, don't follow a template .
In conclusion, life is life, live it to your full potential. Explore the world, try new foods, do what you think will complete you, that will complete your quest, the quest of life. That's how I've been thinking since 11 and it's how I'm going to think until my time is up; Camus and my grandma helped me realize that.