Monday, 19 January 2009

The one truly philosophical problem

Some of you may recognise the above quote as coming from Albert Camus' philosophical treatise on the issue of suicide 'The Myth of Sisyphus', and if not then that's ok - it's hardly a topic that's discussed freely in society. In fact, many would baulk at the prospect of considering suicide anything other than 'an easy way out' or a coward's death.

Over the next few weeks I'll be discussing this topic as openly and honestly as I can and I'd love to hear people's opinions on the matter. In the meantime, here's a beautiful song by Johnny Mandel which many of you will be familiar with. Listen, enjoy and ponder.

P.S. Below is an example of Japanese 'Engrish' which displays an endearingly optimistic view on depression


  1. Interesting subject. First thing that comes to mind is what happened at the end of The Mist (have you seen it? I won't spoil it just in case not) Problem with suicide is one never knows what happens after. There is a conscious decision to not explore potential experiences.

    Oh hey! You will not believe that madonnars starlight starbright song is playing on radio right now! lol (ref - an earlier post here)

  2. What I thought was interesting was this song was chosen by the Manic Street Preachers as their contribution to the Ruby Tracks charity covers box set and wonder whose idea it was to cover this given what is supposed (though not proved) to have happened to Richie Edwards.

  3. Ah, in reference to your post Lizzie, I haven't heard that song by Madonna. Is it a cover of Linda Scott's song? If so, what a lovely song :)

    Also, I agree with your opinion that suicide is indeed a conscious decision to turn your back on potential experiences. Yet, and this is only a loose thought, if one has accepted that life is not worth living (the fundamental question in this circumstance) then would'nt all experience become meaningless? If so, then choosing not to explore potential future experiences ceases to be a matter of import as they, from the viewpoint of the suicidal, would be ultimately meaningless anyway.