Albert's Attempt to Give Meaning to Meaninglessness?


All people are philosophers. They all have at least philosophical biases, even if they do not realize that they are dealing with philosophical problems. It is the prejudice that people shape their opinions solely for their own benefit. People adapt this theory in principle not to themselves, but only to others, especially to those who do not agree with them. However, this attitude prevents them from patiently listening to new views and taking them seriously; all these ideas are ignored on the grounds that they are for the “benefits” of others.

It is impossible to have a rational discussion in this way. Our innate desire to learn, our desire to find the truth will gradually lose its sharpness. “Actually, what is it?” an important question like, “What do you want? What are the factors affecting your opinion? will be left to questions. Thus, it will no longer be possible to learn from people whose opinions differ from ours. The universal integrity of human consciousness, the unity based on the common rationality of all of us, will be destroyed.

All people are philosophers; because they all have one way or another view of life and death. For some, life is humble because it has an end. However, they are not aware that their approach can be defended with the same characteristics when the opposite of their arguments is considered. Without such an end, life would have no meaning. And they also ignore that it helps us grasp the value of life today.

Of course, there are those who believe in the absurdity of life, like Albert Camus. He is a philosophical writer who mainly describes the struggles of people in their daily lives. He calls it "The Bullshit of Life". There is no objective meaning in anything, he is defending it. Camus believes that being aware of your struggles in life and continuing to overcome them leads to "victory." He thinks that the most important issues should have the most serious consequences. The reverse is also true: ideas without serious consequences do not deserve a high degree of importance. Camus concludes that the most important thing is his own life and “…the meaning of life is the most urgent of questions”. He also argues that life has no meaning if it has no meaning. It's better to be dead if it doesn't matter, because the dead cannot suffer.

Camus was born in meaninglessness, in the erosion of meaning. These are the thoughts that immediately come to mind when they hear your name. The absurd, essentially meaningless and indifferent cosmos can also be defined as a metaphysical tension or opposition arising from the presence of human consciousness - a constant demand for order and meaning in life. Camus saw the Absurd as a fundamental and even defining feature of the modern human condition. The concept of rebellion expresses both a resolved course of action and a state of mind. Essentially and simply put, it consists of a heroic attitude of defiance or resistance to anything that oppresses people.

What then is meant by the notion of the Absurd? Contrary to popular culture's view, the Absurd (at least in Camus' terms) does not refer to an obscure reach that modern life is full of paradoxes, inconsistencies, and intellectual confusion. Instead, as he emphasizes and tries to make clear, the Absurd expresses a fundamentally lame behaviorism, a tragic dissonance in our existence. In fact, the Absurd claims to be the product of a quarrel or confrontation between our human desire for order, meaning, and purpose in life and the empty, indifferent "silence of the universe." Note that this doesn't just mean ignoring the absurd, because we need to be aware of something to turn it down. Camus states that everything we do with the intention of rebelling against the absurd can be considered as the meaning of our life.

How will the absurd man live when he is now aware of Albert's answer to whether it is desirable to live itself? Camus thinks that if there is an ultimate good, it will come in a long and full of experience. In short, in order to rebel against the absurd, it is necessary to live as intensely as possible.

Source: Karl R. Popper, Quest for a better world : Articles and Proceedings of the Sonot Thirty Years, 1984

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  1. Good luck with your work. Your explanation is very good, I love it. Thanks to you, I got to know Albert Camus. I found out what you were thinking. Hope to see you in another article as soon as possible.

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