A Short Quote

by Albert Camus

sonny rosenberg

7/26/20231 min read

Unfortunately for readers of this blog, I sometimes find it completely irresistable to post a quote or two from the current book that I'm reading. Today I'm re-reading one of my favorite books The Plague by Albert Camus. I think that The Plague is a book that's often misunderstood, most especially by those who haven't read it. It is indeed a tale of misfortune, suffering and death, but more than that, it's a story about altruism. Beyond that it's a tale about the logic of altruism. Altruism not for religion, or duty or even love (although it can undeniably be for all of those), but altruism because it's the only thing to do.

To soften the blow of forcing unasked for literature upon you, I'm including a lumen photo from my homemade Cámara Galletita Lumen, part of an upcoming (November) exhibit.

"The evil that is in the world always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence, if they lack understanding. On the whole, men are more good than bad; that however, isn't the real point. But they are more or less ignorant, and it is this that we call vice or virtue; the most incorigible vice being that of an ignorance that fancies it knows everything and therefore claims for itself the right to kill. The soul of the murderer is blind; and there can be no true goodness nor true love without the utmost clear-sightedness."

-Albert Camus

The Plague