Your Gifts to the Future

Albert Camus, head-and-shoulders portrait, fac...

Albert Camus, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing left (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of the temptations of the artist is to believe himself solitary, and in truth he hears this shouted at him with a certain base delight.  But this is not true. He stands in the midst of all, in the same rank, neither higher nor lower, with all those who are working and struggling.  His very vocation, in the face of oppression, is to open the prisons and to give a voice to the sorrows and joys of all. This is where art, against its enemies, justifies itself by proving precisely that it is no one’s enemy.  By itself art could probably not produce the renascence which implies justice and liberty. But without it, that renascence would be without forms and,  consequently, would be nothing.  Without culture, and the relative freedom it implies, society even when perfect is but a jungle.  That is why any authentic creation is a gift to the future.

Albert Camus

Daily Contemplation:

What authentic creation does the art of your life give to the future?

5 thoughts on “Your Gifts to the Future

  1. dimitiekendall says:

    I remember I had to read Camus in French at school. Can’t remember which book, but your post has made me curious to go and read more of his writings. Many thanks!

  2. Theadora says:

    What a fabulous nod to Albert Camus. Thank you. Theadora (I’ve always loved his voice and phrasing. Simple but not quite so. Message is always crystal clear. Seamless, too. Perfection.)

    • Karen Wan says:

      Thanks so much for your comment Theodora!
      Whenever I doubt that there is goodness in the world, I read some Camus. Something about the beauty and depth of his thoughts as well as his particular expression of existentialism encourages me to embrace life more fully.
      This is one of my favorite passages from an essay he wrote called the Artist and His Time from 1953. He’s one of those writers that wrote timeless messages that seem as fresh today as they did almost 60 years ago.

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