Rabat, Morocco- Working 5 days a week and enduring stress, anxiety, and waking up early in the morning to make money. That is absurd. Is it not?
This money, for most of us, is barely enough to keep us alive, let alone help us enjoy life. That is absurd. Is it not?
Actually, this is a philosophical problem that many thinkers rose. Albert Camus, for instance, highlights the suffering of modern humans when they reflect on their daily struggles to make ends meet. In fact, the problem gets more complicated when no answer and solution is found. That’s what the absurd is: eagerness to find solutions and answers is faced with silence from the world.
Another example of absurdism is when logic is not met. We have all probably asked ourselves why most of the time bad things happen to good people and vice versa. Is it not that unfair and unjust? Well, it probably is but what can we do? The answer is nothing.
Unlike most nihilistic philosophers, Camus suggested a way to live under these circumstances. This way is acceptance. We must understand that this is how life is and we can change nothing except our attitude towards it. It is essential for Camus to create meaning in a “meaningless” world. However, this is not as easy as it may seem to be.
Finding our personal meaning requires a long journey deep down ourselves to explore it and find where it encounters solace. For some of us, meaning could be found in sport, art, voluntary work, reading, or even cooking.
This according to Albert Camus that makes our world meaningful.
Moreover, today’s success standards are material and concrete, and that is the reason that makes many people stress themselves out to meet these standards at the expense of their serenity and health. I m not saying though that we should not set goals to achieve in our careers, my point is that it is wrong to link one’s happiness with their achievements.
Life is too short to be spent on worrying over people and things. We must know what we like and be convinced that the key to having a ‘good’ life is inner peace.