The Myth of Sisyphus

Tue 10 December 2019 by Thejaswi Puthraya

Albert Camus' "The Myth of Sisyphus" can essentially be distilled into a single question - "Is suicide ethical?". This question has divided philosophers for centuries.

To answer the question, Camus builds upon the arguments of Kierkegaard and Nietzche and comes up with the philosophy of the "absurd". This philosophy states that all life is absurd because one hopes for a better tomorrow even though tomorrow brings us closer to death. It is this contradiction that provides direction to people's lives.

The last portion of the book explains the story of Sisyphus, who is punished by the Gods to eternally keep hauling a huge rock to the top of a mountain to only have it roll back down. Albert Camus wonders about the questions going through Sisyphus' head. Why is he up for a task knowing well that he can never complete it? Isn't it better for him to quit than to be part of this absurd?