Should I kill myself or have a cup of coffee?

With this question, Albert Camus presented us with the idea of the Absurdism, a strain of Philosophy. In Absurdism, the Absurd arises out of the fundamental disharmony between the individual’s search for meaning and the meaninglessness of the universe. Camus identified three possible paths to resolve this dilemma:

1. Escape from reality by finding a religion or spirituality that is beyond the Absurd, and, as such, has meaning.
2. Escape existence by suicide.
3. Accept the absurd and rebel against it.

If we believe that life is meaningless then what difference does it make to choose between killing yourself this morning or having a cup of coffee?

Perhaps Camus wanted to show drinking coffee should be an affirmation that life is worth living, not a blasé choice, and that it is up to each person to figure out what gives our life meaning and purpose.

We have a choice, the door is always open. If we stay, we accept the responsibility of doing whatever it takes to live a life worth living; being useful to others, trying to make the world a better place, caring for relationships with people we love and celebrating our freedom as moral agents.

As a conclusion to this question; Camus’ point was not that life isn’t worth living but rather that every moment must be lived fully.

(*the prop guns are realistic airsoft replicas)