Clements, Camus, Paris discussed on Philosophize This!
Option is exactly what he decides to do. And again, it messes with him and his ego. This is the kind of guy that before these things happen to him, would probably wax poetic about how, you know, if I were there, what I would have done, I would hear the scream in the splash, and without question, I would dive into that water and save the day for everyone. But presented with the actual moment in his life, he realizes who he truly is. This moment again, illuminates weakness in him rather than absolve some of it. The last event that really sends him over the edge into his downward spiral also happens on a bridge. He's walking just like the second event, but this time he hears behind him coming from the darkness, someone just laughing. Just hack Lin and cackling to themselves like a witch flying away on a broom. And to someone is insecure as Clements, the assumption here is that this laughter is directed at him. Now, this laughter on the bridge that Camus uses in the story is symbolic. It represents the fact that we are always on trial. We are always being judged by other people around us. Clements, for the first time in his life, after these events, after the illusion of who he is has been shattered, clamato for the first time feeling the weight of this omnipresent judgment coming from everyone around him all the time. And it doesn't feel good to him. He's once again smacked across the face with the cold backhand of reality. This is just what people do. They judge other people. And nobody's doing this because they're a mean person or something. This is how people keep their family safe. This is how people decide who they do or don't want to associate with. This is part of what keeps society together. But for Clements, this is something he's never really had to consider in these safe bubble that he formerly lived in. Remember, as a lawyer in Paris, he was never the judge or the one accused of the crime. He was always able to play the middle ground there. And in the everyday world, he figured everyone just agreed that he was this remarkable exceptional person just like he thought he was. Once he realizes though, that he is not, in fact, God's gift to humanity. And how vulnerable he is to the constant judgment of others. This leads to a paradigm shifting moment in Clement's life. The biggest priority for him from here on out was going to be to find a way to avoid being judged at all costs, and thus to avoid the feeling of responsibility or guilt for his actions. For Clements, there is nothing more important for your survival in this modern world than to find a way to do that. In fact, he thinks you're downright stupid if you don't try to find a way to avoid the judgment of other people. I mean, why wouldn't you? He says, if you're someone living in modern society and you have no strategy at all to avoid the judgment of others, that's kind of like being an animal tamer that cut themselves shaving that morning, you got blood all over you, you