A text I often return too is ‘The Myth of Sisyphus’ by Albert Camus. This beautiful essay delves into the human experience of absurdity. Camus presents the Greek myth of Sisyphus, condemned to eternally roll a boulder uphill, only to see it roll down again, as a metaphor for life’s inherent meaninglessness. I often return to this essay as it offers valuable insights for living in the complexities of modern life.

Embracing the Absurd – In a world often marked by chaos, uncertainty, and competing philosophies, Camus encourages us to confront the absurdity of life. Acknowledging that existence lacks inherent meaning can free us from the pressure to find universal truths. This helps us adapt to the ambiguity and fluidity of modern life.

Choosing Rebellion – Camus invites us to rebel against the absurd by actively creating our own meaning and values. In the modern world, this means we have the autonomy to shape our lives, make choices aligned with our authentic selves, and resist conformity or societal pressures.

Resilience and Meaning – Sisyphus’s ceaseless task symbolizes life’s repetitive and sometimes disheartening nature. In modern society, where routines can become mundane, Camus encourages us to find meaning even in the most routine or challenging tasks. This resilience can help us navigate the demands of contemporary life.

Existential Reflection – Camus promotes self-reflection on life’s meaning. In a fast-paced, technology-driven world, taking time to contemplate our existence and values becomes even more essential. This can lead to a deeper understanding of our motivations and goals.

Mindful Living – The philosophy of “The Myth of Sisyphus” emphasizes living in the present moment. In an age of distraction, this can help us focus on what truly matters and experience life more fully.


About the Author, Brent Holgate

Brent is a psychologist at In Positive Health and he has a strong passion for enhancing the life of his clients. He adopts an empathic, open-minded, honest, and client-centred attitude as a therapist.

Our speech pathology and psychology clinic is located in Braddon, ACT, in Canberra’s CBD. Call us on 5117 4890 or email reception@inpositivehealth.com to get in touch.

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