In his famous essay, Camus asks if we can accept and live in a world devoid of meaning or purpose and like Sisyphus, role the stone uphill only to see it rolling down.
Camus provides three options as solution of the absurd: revolt, freedom and passion. In other words, life is worth living through rebellion, acting and creativity. Rebellion to fight the mediocracy, freedom to allow all our personae to exist and creative act as the ultimate mean of expression. Camus offered new interpretations of this ancient myth and provided new viewpoints in understanding mythology. At one point, he said, Sisyphus must be smiling at Gods, while walking down to pick up the stone.
Sisyphus is a living pendulum, endlessly swinging from bottom to the top and back. This useless effort has been for centuries interpreted as punishment of Gods, but on a second reading, story points towards new understanding of life. What is ever finished, anyway?
Here comes to mind Michelangelo’s famous dictum “non-finito”, or never-finished-work. According to this most laborious man ever, everything we make is a-priori useless, so there is no need to ever finalize anything. But, here comes a twist of fate, providing new perspective on this absurd: if nothing is going to last forever and nothing is ever going to be perfect, then there must be something bigger than absurdity.
At this level of thinking we encounter a Universal Creation and ancient Logos that manages Cosmos. Here, where all actions are judged by their locus (initial impulse or point of departure), everything is in permanent shift, strictly rejecting the idea of finitude. Only those who understand life beyond absurd are capable of pursuing the impossible and never finish anything. They are Universe’s children, envied by Gods and left to push their stones into infinity.
On Michelangelo Buonarotti, greatest of all men who smiled at Gods.