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Name: Albert Camus

Time Period:  1913 -- 1960

Quote: "Man is the only creature that refuses to be what he is."

Brief Description: Albert Camus was an existentialist thinker. He concerned himself primarily with human existence and wondered how humans deal emotionally and intellectually with existence. He was also an author who wrote a novel called The Stranger that is commonly read in high schools and colleges. Camus pondered how the world could let innocent people suffer and how evil people can live highly, and come to the conclusion that life must be governed my chance and therefore creating a random existence.

Current Relevance:  Just as George Carlin, the comedian, says: "Think about it: We're all here on a big rock, zippin' around a bad star for no good reason. We don't know where it came from, we don't know where we're going, we don't know how long it is gonna last, and we keep having to go to the bathroom. And on top of that, the whole thing is pretty meaningless". Well, this shows us that the world can be quite absurd. Good things can happen to bad people, and bad things can happen to good people. It is part of life, and just because one may suffer does not mean that he is doomed. Likewise, just because one may be blessed with something wonderful, that does not mean that they are wonderful people. The world turns and things happen, and as people we must learn to deal with it and take the good with the bad, and the bad with the good.

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