tsundoku

“I draw from the absurd three consequences, which are my revolt, my freedom, and my passion.”*

‘”That is the disquieting place where people must always find us.”**

Writing at the close of the Second World War – absurdity in its most extreme form – Albert Camus’ observations ring true when it comes to the lesser absurdities.

Our passion involves revolt – the rejection of other things and ways being implicit. There is also freedom from comparisons and competitions with the things and ways of others.

If I do not know my freedom then my passion is at risk, my revolt half-hearted.

It is these three things together that make it possible to live in the disquieting place.  Another term for this is curation.  In order to highlight certain things, others must be overlooked or rejected.  None of us can do everything.  Only comparisons and competition keep us in such a diverting arena.

This less is more, the simplicity on the far side of complexity:

‘In order to prosper we’ll start to appreciate the value of less, of simplicity in a complex world.’^

Tsundoku is the Japanese word for buying books but never reading them.  I use it as a term for wanting what others have and not getting on with what it is we ought to be doing.  The solution:

‘In Tokyo’s Ginza district there is a bookshop that sells one book at a time.  It’s a start.’^

What is your one book through which you might live out your revolt, passion, and freedom?

(*Albert Camus, quoted in Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings: Albert Camus on the Three Antidotes to the Absurdity of Life.)
(**William Brodrick, quoted in the Northumbria Community‘s Morning Prayer.)
(^From Michael Bhaskar’s Curation.)

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