Absurdism on the surface seems similar to Nihilism. The distinction being that Nihilism says there isn’t meaning, while Absurdism says that there may be meaning, but it is humanly impossible to know meaning. Man can search for meaning. He may find it on a personal level, but meaning at the universal level is unknowable. The death of the physical body represents a transcendence beyond which us inhabiting a physical body cannot know. Anything that anyone says about transcendence of the physical while on the plane of the physical may be true, but there is no proof that you can hand to someone and say “this is it”. So essentially, it is just hearsay and possibly fabrications of the mind. This is my interpretation, not necessarily Camus‘.
I temper that with it may just be our understanding of the physical that is limiting. Do our preconceived notions of how the physical world behaves limit what we can accept? If there was a breakthrough in quantum physics that changed the overall understanding of the universe, what would it mean? If science shows that the physical world is interconnected in a provable way, then does that change the search for meaning? I think that this goes to the point of absurdism that the quest can and probably must continue.
The cogitations of one individual human are no more or less important than the sentience of an ocean, or the arc of a comet, or the afternoon dream of a sleeping Himalayan house cat. The quality and character may be different, but can the ideas of a man really be more essential than the blazing light of a sun? Our doings are exercises in conduct and growth. Specifics are irrelevant. It’s all yard work in the end.
I listened to this Avett Brothers song this morning. It seems quite appropriate for this post. Meanings are jumbled as always, but does the singer determine intent or the listener?
If you finally stop caring
Just dont go and tell someone that does
Cause even though I know theres hope in
Every morning song
I have to find that melody alone
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- Albert Camus (youtube.com)
- The Law Of Attraction Explained by Quantum Physics: Part 5 (alphaalchemy.com)
- What We Do in the Meantime: Spiritual Care and Caputo’s Nihilism of Grace (joshtmo.wordpress.com)
- I Gave Up On Nihilism (nullprototype.wordpress.com)
- A little of what Nihilism did to me (dkswynar87.wordpress.com)
- Man the Meaning-Faker (rsbakker.wordpress.com)
- Camus, absurdity, and revolt (rikkitikitavimongooseisgone.wordpress.com)
- Albert Camus (aaronvergult.wordpress.com)
- Seizing the Absurd (josephpoonwenxi.wordpress.com)
- Contemplation: Open Your Mind (wholisticfoundations.wordpress.com)
- Favorite Quantum Physics in Science Fiction? (scienceblogs.com)