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Feeling Sisyphus or „the Value of Decision Making“

Sisyphus, due to his cheating the ancient gods and death itself, is condemned for eternity to roll a stone up a hill. Every time he is about to complete his task, the stone would roll free back down to the bottom of the hill. Sisyphus would then have to start all over again, even though the same thing would just happen again. Sisyphus is stuck in an eternally pointless task – his burden is the futility of his being. Now, if the world and everything in it are also pointless, the lesson is that the task of Sisyphus is identical to everything that man will ever be doing in life. Man does not differ from Sisyphus; and if his punishment makes the afterlife a hell for him, mankind is already living in that hell. In order to make his fate endurable man decides that his futile fate has to be/must be meaningful. Sisyphus restores the value and purpose that objectively do not exist by an act of will. This decision is what struck people as liberating about Existentialism. To live one’s life, one must exercise the freedom to create a life – one has to become his own god.

„I leave Sisyphus at the foot of the mountain! One always finds one’s burden again. But Sisyphus teaches the higher fidelity that negates the gods and raises the rocks. He, too, concludes that all is well. This universe henceforth without a master seems to him neither sterile nor futile. Each atom of that stone, each mineral flake of that night-filled mountain, in itself forms a world. The struggle itself towards the heights is enough to fill a man’s heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy.“ (Camus)

If lives are lived because of completely free and autonomous decisions – that have become necessary in order to confer dignity to impious lives – this will eventually lead to an individuality that has nothing in common with other individuals. If one adopts something that comes from someone else, which could give them a common basis to establish a connection, this is inauthentic. If it just happens, by chance, that one’s own decisions produces something that matches those of someone else, then a connection is established have a connection, which is most likely to be volatile. As one makes new decisions, the probability of connecting with others continuing is going to decline. The individual is isolated by its own autonomy. The values and decision of others, whether authentic or inauthentic, will be foreign and irritating.

If lives are lived because of completely free and autonomous decisions – that have become necessary in order to confer dignity to impious lives – this will eventually lead to an individuality that has nothing in common with other individuals. If one adopts something that comes from someone else, which could give them a common basis to establish a connection, this is inauthentic. If it just happens, by chance, that one’s own decisions produces something that matches those of someone else, then a connection is established have a connection, which is most likely to be volatile. As one makes new decisions, the probability of connecting with others continuing is going to decline. The individual is isolated by its own autonomy. The values and decision of others, whether authentic or inauthentic, will be foreign and irritating.

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