This is Blogfest week at Amlokiblogs, and as with my posts on Monday and Friday, this is a Blogfest entry too!
Is there a book or author that changed your world view?
Of all the books I’ve read I think only one has affected me profoundly enough to alter my world view:
The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus: The book is essentially an essay and addresses the question: Does the realization of the meaninglessness and absurdity of life necessarily require suicide? I’ve read this book as a teenager, in my twenties, and last year. Each time, it affected me differently— it sent me into clinical depression as a teen, gave me hope as I grew older.
Camus says: “The workman of today works every day in his life at the same tasks, and this fate is no less absurd. But it is tragic only at the rare moments when it becomes conscious.”
Man’s futile search for meaning and permanence in a transient world is what this book questions…and it is very much in tune with the questions I have asked myself over the years in the face of every death in the family and in my acquaintance.
In the face of impermanence, all our actions are absurd, says Camus. In the face of this absurdity, life itself makes no sense—Camus recommends ‘revolt’ : and now that I think about it, writing has been my act of revolt.
Creation may not assure permanence, but it is a gesture against the ceaseless toil of our lives, which are destined, after all, to end in death. It is my way towards freedom and passion, and as a writer, my answer to the ‘absurdity’ of human existence.
Thanks Christine, for organizing this blogfest, and inspiring me to think about my writing in an entirely new way.
Visit Talespinning on 30th August for my interview by Stuart Nager, an amazing writer and a prolific blogger, (with whom I and a few other bloggers are working to create the Rule of Three fiction blogfest to be announced soon!)