“The Myth of Sisyphus”: Albert Camus

As my friends who work hard, start their week on Monday morning round the world, I offer the quote from Albert Camus’s marvelous essay “The Myth of Sisyphus” about the Greek hero Sisyphus (whom he calls the proletarian of the Greek heroes), who defied the Gods, and in punishment was sentenced for all eternity to roll a rock upwards, and then have it crash back down the slope and have to repeat the task. Bit like working on an assembly line?

This quote kept me smiling in the craziness of Labor Relations 24/7.

“I leave Sisyphus at the foot of the mountain. One always finds one’s burden again. But Sisyphus teaches the higher fidelity that negates the Gods and raises rocks. He too concludes that all is well. This universe henceforth without a master seems to him neither sterile nor futile. Each atom of that stone, each mineral flake of that night-filled mountain, in itself, forms a world. The struggle itself toward the heights is enough to fill a man’s heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy.”

Or as my friend Natalie put it in a birthday card she sent me at the time:

Coffee Mug - Far Side Just Not Reaching That Guy

About creativeconflictwisdom

I spent 32 years in a Fortune Five company working on conflict: organizational, labor relations and senior management. I have consulted in a dozen different business sectors and the US Military. I work with a local environmental non profit. I have written a book on the neuroscience of conflict, and its implications for conflict handling called Creative Conflict Wisdom (forthcoming).
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2 Responses to “The Myth of Sisyphus”: Albert Camus

  1. So it’s not whether you win or lose, but it’s how you frame the game?

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