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Lyrical and Critical Essays by Albert Camus
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Aug 10, 2015

it was amazing
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These essays illustrate with precision and elegance Camus’ ardor for life and his concerns about materialistic excess. The core of his empowering and inspiring philosophy of how to save life involves acknowledging, understanding, and practicing tolerance and moderation. Failure or refusal to do so leaves the world vengeful and violent. Life is exiled when the mind is abandoned. The greatest wisdom comes from admitting that we cannot know everything. In trying to remake the world, we must be wary of the use of tyranny. Art and beauty must be embraced. Art is liberty; liberty is beauty. There is a choice between creation and inquisition. Camus shows how ignorance leads to misunderstanding and destruction. He expresses his admiration for the sun’s power to have a medicinal effect on life. Indulgence with life and nature will not allow anything life has to offer to be lost.
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