Notepad on Life

July 19, 2013

Dumbed down and sucked in, whether I like it or not

Filed under: Motoring,Travel — - @ 9:06 am
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English: portrait of Alfred Camus

Albert Camus (Photo: Wikipedia)

He’s not easy at the best of times, Albert Camus. An atheist philosopher so morose that not even finding himself in sensual places like Florence or colonial Algiers can do anything other than hone his awareness of death.

I think I only bought the book because he was a goalkeeper in his spare time. How far up his own fundament can a football man go, I may have reasoned.

Miles, as it turns out.

“We need ten years to have an idea that really belongs to us – that we can talk about…”

I’m on the bus, really trying to concentrate and give the world’s all-time most self-absorbed goalie/intellectual his due. Ultimately, however, I cannot deny the leaden voice to my left.

He’s on the phone to his even thicker soul mate. “THE BOUNDARY ON THE RIGHT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY…THE ONE ON THE LEFT…BY THE FOOTPATH…THAT’S THE COUNCIL’S…”

This has to be repeated.

Come on. Focus.

“…and realise that my whole horror of death lies in my fervour to live…”

“NO…LISTEN, THE ONE ON THE RIGHT IS OURS…”

“Above all, I have seen dogs die. It was touching them that overwhelmed me…”

“…COUNCIL’S. THAT’S RIGHT…”

Eventually, the brutish mundanity floors me. I lower the book and stare at the dusty red floor. Camus? I’m not sure Confucius and Nietzche double-teaming could have withstood this.

On existentialism, I am no further forward. I know emphatically, however, that somewhere in Peterborough’s bland sprawl, lies a house whose owners need lose no sleep over the boundary on the left, because that’s the council’s problem.

Not helped by the heat, I am genuinely depressed.

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