There really is an absurdity to life, to the very ways in which we fail to see or to perceive the very truths that are right in front of us. Instead, we latch onto narratives or stories or value systems that help us to justify the seemingly tragic, obvious, and superficial. In many respects, such things inhibit us from growing as human beings because we spend so much time apeing around to acquire some form of happiness and contentment that we’re told we should have if we just follow along and play the part assigned.
Here I am reminded of a great scene from Camus’ The Stranger. During his trial Meursault (the main character) notices that everyone around him is playing a sort of game. The lawyers on both sides are clearly part of a club of sorts, they have their understood roles and all work and act accordingly. Everybody knows everyone’s bullcrap but like a bunch of actors in a Shakespearean play they play the part that they know they have to play.
Such is life for many of us but there’s problem to this, a risk that we don’t really hear or learn of until it’s too late. The old adage, “bad company ruins good morals” is applicable here but in a different sort of way. It might be better put as, “group think ruins deep insight”(I’m still working on that one). Or maybe it could be understood in the Faustian sense of selling your soul to a specific way of doing things while losing touch with what really is.
And I think such things can all too easily get in the way of our becoming human because instead of leading towards real connection it leads to false connection, all based on a manufactured way of doing things. Everyone is disposable in so far as they do not play the part or play along. This is very much part of the culture that we human beings have created and continue to create. I think that we if we are paying attention we can be reminded of such dynamics on a daily basis. Those things that inhibit us from being open and honest with others tend to stem from such dynamics. We all too easily subsume ourselves to a system, a group, a form of propaganda without realizing it.
“Take heed, watch and pray.”