The Stranger Karen TO ♥

ANTOINE DE SAINT-EXUPÉRY
“We do not pray for immortality, but only not to see our acts and all things stripped suddenly of all their meaning; for then it is the utter emptiness of everything reveals itself.”
CORAZON AQUINO
“I would rather die a meaningful death than live a meaningless life”
ALBERT CAMUS
“Life is meaningless, but worth living, provided you recognize it’s meaningless”
ALAN ALDA
“Life is meaningless unless you bring meaning to it. It is up to use to create our own existence. Unless you do something, unless you make something it's as though you aren’t there”

Meaning: the end, purpose, or significance of something

Existence: a way of living

Existentialism: philosophical theory or approach that emphasizes the existence of the individual person as a free and responsible agent determining their own development through acts of the will

Emptiness: a lack of meaning or purpose

It is okay to be different from everyone else, because that is what makes you unique.

“‘I don’t belong in my family, so why should I feel like I belong anywhere else.’” - On Being the Outsider by Ditta M. Oliker

Everyone is different, and that makes us unique. We act differently, and we feel differently. For example, Bevin, a kid who felt as if he doesn’t belong within his family, feels emotionally abandoned. His parents were blaming him for being born, he refused to go to therapy, and he was acting out. There was also many other cases, but the most important thing to learn about this is belonging. When you find where you belong, you feel safe and a part of something.

To manage this task, one would have to find someone to connect with. When you find someone you connect with, it helps deepen the bond between the two people.

“It was the voice I connected with.” - Poker-Faced ‘Stranger’ Became A Much Needed Friend by Aaron Gwen

The Stranger connected to Gwen’s life because it helped him connect with other people. He was inspired by Albert Camus’s book, The Stranger. It spoke to him, and he connected to Meursault. However, Meursault had less emotions than Gwen did. Gwen had too much emotions, and it was affecting him that he felt like a stranger. After Gwen read Albert Camus’s novel, The Stranger, Gwen started writing his own story. Through his story, he was able to learn more about himself, and helped him become less of a stranger and more of a friend.

Gwen felt as if he was different from everyone else, but he was able to connect with Meursault in so many levels at some point. Even though, Meursault and Gwen have different personality, Gwen was able to still find something that links those two together. Connecting with Meursault, he was able to write his own story. Gwen was able to share his’ experience with The Stranger, and help others connect with Meursault too.

Overall, being you allows you to give something to the world.

To make good choices is to live with consequences.

“Maman died today. Or yesterday maybe, I don’t know. I got a telegram from the home: “Mother deceased. Funeral tomorrow. Faithfully yours.” That doesn’t mean anything. Maybe it was yesterday” (Camus, 1). -The Stranger by Albert Camus and Matthew Ward

"I said that people never change their lives, that in any case one life was as good as another and that I wasn’t dissatisfied with mine here at all" (Camus, 41). -The Stranger by Albert Camus and Matthew Ward

Meursault, the young narrator, received a telegram telling him that his’ mother is dead, but he stilled continued life as if nothing happened. During one of this visit to the beach, Meursault and his’ friends encountered two Arabs. Meursault ended up murdering one of the Arabs, and he was sent to trial. At the time Meursault was in prison, he came to term that he wanted death. He was looking forward to the death penalty, and he was ready to leave everything behind.

Meursault wants to go out on his own term, no one else but his. He’s willing give up everything and lose those around him that cares about him. For example, he’s leaving Marie for her to look for someone better. He pictured them together, but he probably feels as if he is not the right person for her and believes that she deserves better.

“[H]e was an outsider, a rebel with his collars turned up, not part of the crowd.” -The cult of the outsider by Sean Cough

Meursault, the young narrator, received a telegram telling him that his’ mother is dead, but he stilled continued life as if nothing happened. During one of this visit to the beach, Meursault and his’ friends encountered two Arabs. Meursault ended up murdering one of the Arabs, and he was sent to trial. At the time Meursault was in prison, he came to term that he wanted death. He was looking forward to the death penalty, and he was ready to leave everything behind.

Meursault wants to go out on his own term, no one else but his. He’s willing give up everything and lose those around him that cares about him. For example, he’s leaving Marie for her to look for someone better. He pictured them together, but he probably feels as if he is not the right person for her and believes that she deserves better.

“[H]e was an outsider, a rebel with his collars turned up, not part of the crowd.” -The cult of the outsider by Sean Cough

In 1942, The Outsider was published. A novel by Albert Camus that also includes a young man on trial for killing someone. The young man who is moody, mean, and alone. An outsider who is not apart of the crowded. The novel connects to lonely teenagers, who have lost their way or a place to belong. Meursault lost his way and what he was looking for, and he’s trying to find an excuse to stop finding it.

Meursault's way of looking for a way out of his life, is to take his life. It seems as if he has lost his way, and he has no reason to belong anymore. Taking away his life seems like the best option for him at the time.

To conclude, you’re free to make your own choices, but you’re not free from the consequences.

The meaning of life is not just living but to actually find meaning in life.

“We live like zombies. We wake up, carry out habits, and go to sleep, only to wake up and do it again. You exist, but do you feel alive?” - Oscar Wilde

We ARE like zombies. We have a routine that we go through every single day, we eat, we sleep, and we do the same thing the next day. Going through the same routines each day, is it really considered as being alive?

To be alive is to live. It’s to find meaning and becoming who we want to be; not who others want you to be. Just because you’re alive don’t mean that you’re truly living. Living life doing something meaningful to you. Doing something that you care about, not just existing. You were put on this earth to do anything you want; so live life to the fullest.

“Just because you’re breathing, doesn’t mean you’re alive” and “A life without passion is not living, it’s merely existing” -Leo Buscaglia

Being alive don’t mean that you’re living. It just means that you’re there existing. You can’t live without a strong emotion towards something because it just means that you're only existing not alive. Being alive means that we’re doing something that we’re passionate about and truly love being alive.

We exist to find meaning to our lives, without meaning are we truly alive? We’re on this earth to have a purpose, to do something that would help others or yourself. Being alive means that you’re life is worth something to you can there’s no way around it.

Furthermore, it’s better to live life to the fullest then to wander about never having the chance to do something.

If you release yourself from your fears, you’ll find that the purpose in life is meaningful.

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