Monday, March 14, 2005

The Light and the Darkness

The thing that lights up the world and makes it bearable is the customary feeling we have of our connections with it -- and more particularly of what links us to human beings. Relations with other people always help us to carry on because they always suppose developments, a future - and also because we live as if our only purpose were to have relations with human beings. But the days when we become aware that this is not our only purpose, when we realize that our will alone keeps those human beings attached to us (stop writing or speaking, isolate yourself, and you will see them melt around you), that in reality most of them have their backs turned (not through malice, but through indifference) and that the remainder always have the possibility of becoming interested in something else, when we imagine in this way the element of contingency, of play of circumstances, that enters into what is called a love or a friendship, then the world returns to its night and we to that great cold whence human affection drew us for a moment.

- Albert Camus

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