Camus, Chemo, Clements discussed on Philosophize This!
Than most people I know at being right about things. But then again, I'm extremely humble as well. I'm one of the best people I know at admitting when I was wrong about something. In fact, I'm wrong about stuff all the time. I'm the first to admit that. Don't feel ridiculous at all saying that I not only have the best strategy for being right all the time, but also the best strategy for being wrong all the time. In fact, I take pride in that contradiction. I actually think it makes me a balanced person. Something I want to make super clear here about what Camus was saying. He is not saying that you are a weak person if you sometimes embody contradictory values at different moments. To Camus, this is part of living in an absurd universe. This is part of being a human being. The weak person is the person who can't see or won't see the built in duplicity and contradiction in their own thinking. The person that's playing some variation of a psychological game that allows them to believe that they're just living universally by a set of values every day of their life. Like if you never find yourself speaking passionately about something you believe in and then catching yourself and saying, oh, but then again, there's that other area of my life that I do almost the opposite of what I'm preaching about now. If you never do that, then you're probably not looking at yourself as thoroughly or as honestly as you could be. And maybe it's impossible for us to ever totally escape contradictions in our values. But one thing we can do chemo thinks is to be more self aware of them. What Clements wants more than anything in this book is the dream of innocence. Like many others in modern society, what he wants is to be innocent of any moral wrongdoing. What he realizes, though, is that nobody out there is innocent.