Today is the 100th birthday of one my favourite philosophers and writers: Albert Camus. Google is honouring the event with a Google Doodle showing the myth of Sisyphus, which is a powerful piece on the absurdity of man’s existence. It ends with:
I leave Sisyphus at the foot of the mountain! One always finds one’s burden again. But Sisyphus teaches the higher fidelity that negates the gods and raises rocks. He too concludes that all is well. This universe henceforth without a master seems to him neither sterile nor futile. Each atom of that stone, each mineral flake of that night filled mountain, in itself forms a world. The struggle itself toward the heights is enough to fill a man’s heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy.