Monday, February 13, 2012

Of Gloves, Guidance and Sisyphus

Monday, February 13, 2012

I heard on the news today how our world-renowned boxing superstar has decided to hang up his gloves next year for reasons related to his renewed faith. It strikes me how words from the Bible have enabled him to choose such path – to retire despite the acclaim and the affluence boxing has afforded him and the pride and gladness he brings to his countrymen every time he wins. The Scriptures have that kind of power. But for us, heathens, there is nothing to look to for guidance – no bible, no divine authority, no body of doctrines to enable or constrain us. Morality that does not rely on religion seems hollow and ineffectual, but it works somehow. 

“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.” (Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus, 1942)


Anonymous said...

there are several gods. thor is one of them. he has a hammer and can nail the boxing superstar's god to a two-piece of wood. :)

god is the square root of a negative number!

Angeli said...

you are worse than nicky minaj at the grammy awards. hahaha

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