RE: [Sartre] Digest Number 162
I think the sense in which Camus meant the silence of the world is
"unreasonable" was *pre* the disavowel of the spirit of seriousness.
But you're absolutely right, someone for whom this silence appears
unreasonable would clearly be guilty of adopting the spirit of seriousness.
It reminds me of an old lecturer of mine who was an expert in Eastern
philosophy. She gave me the following Buddhist saying:
"The heavens send the wind and the rain without choosing between the
withering and the thriving".
When I asked her how the sense of this saying strikes a Budhist, i.e., does
he judge this fact unfair or unreasonable, she replied "No, it just IS."
From: Russell, J. Michael [mailto:jmrussell@...]
Sent: Monday, May 22, 2000 3:58 PM
Cc: Russell, J. Michael
Subject: RE: [Sartre] Digest Number 162
Much as I like Camus (very much indeed), this quote captures something which
troubles me. Camus seems to feel that things were supposed to have been
otherwise. The world is UNREASONABLE for its silence. Sartre describes the
spirit of seriousness as a trying to put values out there in the world. A
varient of this, I'd suppose, would consist in being irritated with the
world for it's not having such built-in values. Maybe Camus suffers from a
touch of this spirit of seriousness.
-- Michael Russell
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