I think you would be entitled, dear reader, to want an answer to this question.
It is 2018. The human race is hardly crying out for another blog. I get it.
So despite this being my blog, 3 lines in, already I feel I am on the back foot, trying to justify its pointless existence to a chillingly indifferent world.
Which is what Camus suggested lay at the heart of the human condition – our desperate desire to find purpose in life, where there is none. Trying to find hope and meaning in a hopeless and meaningless life was, in his mind, absurd.
In the face of this apparently crushing realisation, Camus proposed 3 solutions:
- Suicide – which neatly solves the problem of existence
- Philosophical suicide – which finds meaning through religion but is fraudulent
- Embrace the absurd – which accepts this but strives to live life to the full anyway
Obviously, Camus recommends the 3rd option – which is so ridiculously positive and optimistic, that he even imagines the repetitive existence of Sisyphus to be joyful.
Which is why, just like Sisyphus, I have chosen to write a blog. Despite my complete lack of readership, inability to write good and lack of original ideas, I will continue to forge ahead. Rising, each day, fighting a battle I know I can never win, with humour, grace and empathy.
Because I’m a fucking hero.
- It is not up to me to draw parallels between Camus and I – this shall be up to the reader.
- This is an opening salvo – future posts will explore a wide range of things that I find interesting.
- I cannot guarantee tonal consistency. I find lots of things funny and sad, often in the wrong order.
- I will attempt to keep most of my posts short – but I may also write some long ones to show that I can be “serious”.
- If you have taken the time to read this – thank you. I genuinely appreciate it.