In the darkest days of the Second World War, the French-Algerian Nobel Prize–winning writer Albert Camus wrote the existential manifesto The Myth of Sisyphus. This work teaches us that the absurdity of life requires that we—like the tragic Greek mythological figure Sisyphus—keep pushing the proverbial boulder up the mountain even though we must fall near the top and the boulder will come tumbling down. Life condemns us to perpetual failure and absurdity.
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