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Albert Camus and the Sysyphus of debt

Emily Crone

On this date in 1913, French writer and philosopher Albert Camus was born in Algeria. Camus won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957. His philosophies increased the prevalence of absurdism, the belief that trying to find meaning in human existence is impossible.

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Albert Camus in 1957, the year he was
awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature..

In “Le Mythe de Sisyphe” (“The Myth of Sisyphus”), a literary essay on the absurd, Camus wrote, “The struggle to reach the top is itself enough to fulfill the heart of man. One must believe that Sisyphus is happy.”

Many of us feel like Sisyphus as we try to escape our debt. We climb and push, but as soon as we are almost out of debt, we fall back down the mountain and into the red again. Maybe it’s an emergency that sends us back, or maybe we just fall back into our old habits. Sometimes we get so used to this struggle that it becomes a part of our
daily life. It’s an ongoing challenge and keeps our adrenaline
running.

While we all love working hard to achieve our goals, you don’t need to spend the rest of your life fretting about getting out of debt. You do not have to be Sisyphus pushing the stone up the mountain forever. Delight in the fact that one day, your hard work will pay off. You will get over that hump.

 

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