Which of the following statements from Camus' The Myth of Sisyphus most clearly characterizes Meursault?
There are many causes for a suicide, and generally the most obvious ones were not the most powerful. Rarely is suicide committed (yet the hypothesis is not excluded) through reflection. What sets off the crisis is almost always unverifiable. Newspapers often speak of "personal sorrows" or of "incurable illness." These explanations are plausible. But one would have to know whether a friend of the desperate man had not that very day addressed him indifferently.
Whether the earth or the sun revolves around the other is a matter of profound indifference. To tell the truth, it is a futile question. On the other hand, I see many people die because they judge that life is not worth living. I see others paradoxically getting killed for the ideas or illusions that give them a reason for living.
There is but one truly serious philosophical problem, and that is suicide. Judging whether life is or is not worth living amounts to answering the fundamental question of philosophy. Categories come afterwards. Those are games; one must first answer this.
These explanations are plausible. But one would have to know whether a friend of the desperate man had not that very day addressed him indifferently.
It happens one day that the stage sets collapse. Rising, streetcar, four hours of work…meal, streetcar, four hours of work, meal, sleep….the same routine. But one day the "why" arises and everything begins in that weariness tinged with amazement.