Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Love Your Rock

According to existential philosophical theory, we all live lives of quiet desperation. Some aspect of our existence is limited in such a manner that each and every one of us experiences great pain or frustration. An existentialist believes the way to achieve happiness is to learn to accept and/or love your limitations.

Sisyphus is a figure in Greek mythology who scorned the gods and hated death. His disobedience earned him a terrible punishment: he was sentenced to spend eternity in back-breaking labor that accomplished nothing.

He was ordered to spend all day every day pushing a gigantic boulder to the top of a steep hill only to have it roll back where he started.  For Sisyphus to find happiness from the existentialist perspective, he must learn to love his rock.

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