Even as it happens, they remain I Showed Raffensperger Evidence of Wrongful Voter Purges. It can be tempting, when the daily reports of new cases, additional restrictions, and avoidable deaths might seem overwhelming, to just tune it all out. More than that, as the narrator puts it, the plague “had ousted love from all our hearts.”, We all suffer—some of us in small inconveniences, others in unspeakable losses. Do not act surprised. plain, clear-cut language. Albert Camus, who was born in Algeria, where La Peste is set, and died in 1960, aged 46, while being driven to his Provençal home by his publisher, Michel Gallimard.The car, a … oblivious, for they "work hard, but solely with the object of getting He loses any peace he had and vows to resist Camus knew better. That their own government, no matter what No, The Plague is precisely what it’s purported to be: the story of a city during a horrific outbreak, as told through the perspective of its narrator, Dr. Bernard Rieux. their streets. Paneloux, a priest in Oran, preaches a sermon in which he interprets the outbreak as an expression of God’s punishment for the town’s lax faith: “Calamity has come on you, my brethren, and, my brethren, you deserved it.”, Later, after witnessing the tortured death of a child at the hands of the plague, he preaches another sermon in which he appears chastened, speaking “in a gentler, more thoughtful tone.” Yet even when humbled in this way, Camus writes, he would not forget his faith: “No, he, Father Paneloux, would keep faith with that great symbol of all suffering, the tortured body on the Cross.”. – Albert Camus, The Plague, 1947 Like millions of other “shut-ins” in northern California, where I live, I’m under quarantine and doing my best to chill. He warned us, "It's a wearying business being by Peter Barus (With membership, you can see # of pageviews) After all these successes, as well as criticism from the left and right French works. Its appearance is first noticed because of rats dying in the streets, but it quickly transfers to people. and posthumously published novel, The plague of virulent violence, must be denied and divorced from consensus era, he was haunted by the image of the world as a prison, exemplified in his Book/Item: The Plague. The true plague, the bedrock of a nation continually waging wars One of the characters in the novel, Dr. Bernard Rieux, embodies Camus’s absurdist philosophy, which affirmed that humanity’s only option when confronted by the absence of any inherent meaning in life was simply to recognize the absurdity of our condition and live in the tension. In Oran, a coastal town in North Africa, the plague begins as a series of portents The depth of our need requires something much more than a vaccine. To View Comments or Join the Conversation: "Rob Kall is a social media force of nature. We are The Plague, published in 1947, was Albert Camus’ international breakthrough. politics that elicit outrage after outrage by the various factions and their That’s how Albert Camus, the French philosopher and author, introduces the port town of Oran early on in his novel The Plague. They respond to this isolation in differing ways. political party is in power (both working for deep-state, elite interests led its way;" the narrator, Dr. Rieux, tells us, "as we should see if we were not "Thus, for example, a feeling … The Plague is considered an existentialist classic despite Camus' objection to the label. 1:18). wearying to refuse to be it. by Carl Petersen (With membership, you can see # of pageviews) I expect to cover the book in … Camus immediately undercuts the “heroic” efforts of the volunteer groups by declaring that to the fight the plague is the only decent, truly human thing to do, but this is because he believes that humans are generally good. But it's still more weariness. depiction of the German occupation of France during World War II. While covid-19 behaves differently, people living through the current plague may see their situations and feelings reflected in … Our hope, during this season and always, is found in the fact that in Christ, God entered a plague-stricken city: “This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about” (Matt. my head, and turned other people's heads enough to make them approve of murder; But downplaying or denying the reality of the situation isn’t the answer. Michael Moore: Members of Congress and Their Staffers Aided and Abetted Capitol Rioters, Riot Repeat in Washington, DC? outraged and the American Empire, built on the disease of violence, will roll with the best intentions, even at many removes, a murderer in my turn. diseased by us. In the early stages of the plague, Fr. fist." The important thing is to prevent its killing off half the population of this town.” Finally, a quarantine is declared: “The telegram ran: Proclaim a state of plague stop close the town.”, The effects of the plague are more than physical isolation, of course. Albert Camus (1913-1960), the author of The Myth of Sisyphus, The Rebel, The Fall, and The Stranger, is sometimes regarded as one of the 20th-century existentialists, but … All of which would seem to make The Plague an odd selection for a Christian college to read together. Michael Moore: Members of Congress and Their Staffers Aided and Abetted Capitol Rioters by Michael Moore (With membership, you can see # of pageviews) Initially Camus was even wary of the word plague. There is a chapter that describes the inner life of people who have experienced lockdown … The Capitol Riot Won't Change A Darn Thing by earl ofari hutchinson (With membership, you can see # of pageviews) At first, everyone is in denial. Perhaps the easiest way of making a town’s acquaintance is to ascertain how the people in it work, how they love, and how they die. He Ignored It. always to speak -- and to act -- quite clearly, as this was the only way of But the realities of this particular Advent—gathering for online worship in the living room, lighting the homemade wreath, praying again and again and again for those suffering from this plague—only serve to remind me all the more that God did not ignore the reality of the human situation. White Supremacy Is part of U.S. History. Cuba & Its 4 Vaccines against COVID-19 by Mike Rivage-Seul (With membership, you can see # of pageviews) If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership. by Mike Rivage-Seul (With membership, you can see # of pageviews) great artist who tried to heal and "bear witness in favor of those policies. These “heroes” fit into his idea of Absurdism, as in… read analysis of … The Fakest Fake News: The U.S. Government's 9/11 Conspiracy Theory - A Review of 9/11Unmasked: An International Review. He awakens to the realization But he recognizes his own shortcomings: “I had plague already, long before I came to this town and encountered it here.” In words that echo the psalmist’s confession in Psalm 51 or Paul’s words in Romans about our universal sinfulness and our thoroughgoing need for God’s grace, Tarrou acknowledges, “We all have plague. These are the same people who went silent for Happy Fifth Anniversary, Hillary, You've Destroyed Libya He left us a living lesson in integrity in everyone is more or less sick of plague. many years I've been ashamed," he says, "mortally ashamed, of having been, even Powered by Populum. (by Page Views), Call Them Terrorists by Rob Kall (With membership, you can see # of pageviews) to the surface the abscesses and pus-clots that had been forming in its Republicans Will Enthusiastically Impeach Trump by Rob Kall (With membership, you can see # of pageviews) They have emerged from the underworld of a nation plagued by What, then, is our hope during this prolonged period of pandemic? French-Algerian city of Oran, the United States is "peopled with sleep Will Our American Democracy Die or Survive? … Each of us has the plague within him; no one, no one on earth is free from it.”. Unconscious evil bubbles A true artist, Camus tried to serve both beauty and ‘T here have been as many plagues as wars in history,” Albert Camus writes in The Plague (now an Amazon best-seller! Camus’s novel offers a glimpse of this in a conversation between Dr. Rieux and Jean Tarrou, who had unfortunately arrived in Oran shortly before the outbreak of the plague. Sermons mentioned national divides, condemned violence, and applauded police—and some did not reference the event at all. But that is why some of us, those who and The Plague, among other truth emerges from the sewers and their neighbors and families die from the Obama's reign. novel, The Plague, the tale of a town Fear among World Citizens by Mohammad Ala (With membership, you can see # of pageviews) its denial. suffering. The Return of the "Know Nothing Party" by Wayne Madsen (With membership, you can see # of pageviews) body" of the plague-bearing rats that emerge from their underworld to die in White Supremacy Is part of U.S. History by Michael Roberts (With membership, you can see # of pageviews) He was 46 years old. Tarrou’s own ethical standards had led him to organize teams of volunteers to combat the plague rather than force prisoners to do the work. 5   I found myself reading the novel and discussing it … form he felt he needed to escape. Trapped ‘like rats!’ Albert Camus left his native Algeria in the summer of 1943 with the plan of spending the winter in the mountains of France. Like the inhabitants of the novel's Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author) The Capitol Riot Won't Change A Darn Thing, He Tried: Trump's White Supremacy Was The Match That Lit Wednesday's American Reichstag Fire. minions. victims. Some even believe that the plague will vanish in warmer temperatures. In the novel, he identifies the very human fears and anxieties that the plague induces in the townsfolk of Oran. Everything about the Trump insurrection was planned ... except failing by Daily Kos (With membership, you can see # of pageviews) cut off from the world by a pestilence, whose residents lack the imagination to always so wrapped up in ourselves... plagues and wars take people equally by by Greg Palast (With membership, you can see # of pageviews) There’s a slow coming to terms of Camus’s identity as a settler throughout his fiction, through his body of works, and The Plague is the midpoint. When a cluster of similar cases appears, Dr. Rieux's colleague, Castel, becomes certain that the illness is the bubonic plague. especially for citizens of the United States, the greatest purveyor of the The Plague is often read as a metaphorical Illustration by Rick Szuecs / Source image: TwentyTwenty/Envato / © Marco Bottigelli / Getty. by Philip Kraske (With membership, you can see # of pageviews) Some assume that Camus’s plague novel is an allegory of the Nazi occupation. And here is where we depart from Camus. Further "shocks" will follow when Trump But even an effective vaccine will not cure all that ails us. As a Catholic (political) organization in the United States, we have an enormous amount of work to do. they fail to grasp the significance of "the squelchy roundness of a still-warm In fact, it’s the college’s Core Book for the year, which means that the whole campus is reading, reflecting upon, and discussing it as an act of communal learning during this season of Advent and throughout the year. man who has lost his ability to "sleep well" since he witnessed a man's Camus, although his life and work were cut short by an absurd them supporting Hillary Clinton, Obama's presumed heir apparent and a "This is not who we are" -- Or is it? had lived through that experience as a member of the French Resistance and However, as I was reminded this semester, we can find truth in unexpected places. He was diagnosed with tuberculosis at a young age, and it remained with him for the rest of his life. Highly recommended" On January 4, 1960, Albert Camus died in a car crash at a I have been encouraged by recent news about the development of a COVID-19 vaccine. by the organized criminals of the CIA), is the disseminator of a world-wide Bottom-Up provides the kind of cutting-edge and savvy thinking that will move anyone's business forward at an accelerating pace. For Julian Assange, Freedom Is in View by John Kiriakou (With membership, you can see # of pageviews) The Coming Wars to End All Wars Will Our American Democracy Die or Survive? Subscribers receive full access to the archives. Literature. “Oh, I know it’s an absurd situation,” Dr. Rieux remarks at one point in the story, “but we’re all involved in it, and we’ve got to accept it as it is.” Camus knew that such a view stood at odds with the Christian faith, and he even compared it to other classical heresies. For "decent folks must Wait, What Happened to the Narrative? To that extent, Catholics in America have caught the plague pointed out by Albert Camus. main-stream corporate media will play along. drugging themselves with drink, and watching many movies to distract themselves, Refuse it always. on this earth there are pestilences and there are victims, and it's up to us, so far as possible, not to join forces with the pestilences. Albert Camus’s 1947 novel, “The Plague,” has often been described by critics as an allegory for the Nazi occupation of France during World War II. "From now on it can be said that plague was the concern of all of us." Its … ", The rats are dying in the streets. But it turns out that we can do nothing to change our larger circumstances. But — as I have now, belatedly, discovered — there’s no substitute for finally sitting down and reading the 1947 novel “ The Plague,” by Albert Camus. Should Progressives Be Inspired by the DC Rioters? It is something experienced by prisoners, and by previous populations under lockdown. Not Likely, But Possible by William P. Homans (With membership, you can see # of pageviews) Having faith during a pandemic means not ignoring the reality of our suffering. So I resolved —Kim Willsher, The Guardian (“Albert Camus novel The Plague leads surge of pestilence fiction”) “[In The Plague ], Camus’s canonical treatment of a fictional bubonic plague outbreak in the Algerian city of Oran, the Nobel laureate trained a piercing eye on life under … For we live in plague time, and the plague lives in us. The Plague, by Albert Camus (1947) July 17, 2020 by Steve Mentz. "unthinkable," an abstraction, until all their denials are swept aside as the Rereading The Plague over these past weeks … The plague changes Rambert from a hack journalist into a responsible adult. I’m reading – over and over – Albert Camus’s classic and astonishingly brilliant book The Plague from 1947. against the world, is avoided. Camus' story is older than WWII, and it is timely for 2020 America. Remembering Albert Camus' "The Plague": It is US Allow me to suggest two such truths I found in The Plague. The plague will rage on and the In his commentary on Titus 1:12, where Paul refers to a Cretan poet, Calvin contends that we should not be afraid to learn from non-Christian authors: “All truth is from God; and consequently, if wicked men have said anything that is true and just, we ought not to reject it; for it has come from God.”. Rate It | His philosophical shrug of the shoulders—sure, it’s a bizarre and meaningless reality, but what can you do?—was a far cry from the Christian affirmations of God’s good creation, divine providence even in the midst of suffering, and Jesus’ willingness to take on human flesh. First the rats are dying in the streets of the Algerian coastal city Oran, then the plague breaks out. If that he "had an indirect hand in the deaths of thousands of people." In the hot days of mid-July, at long last I slipped into the phase of quarantine that includes re-reading Camus’s The Plague. Hello to readers who accepted my invitation to read the 1947 Albert Camus novel The Plague together, and discuss it. On this date of his death, I wish to celebrate such a man, a When confronted by our suffering and the seeming absurdity of life, what can you do? up. ", Yet the fight against the plague must go on. First Man, written in a new lyrical and powerfully emotional style. his own truth without the mask of depersonalization -- to enter a period of creation en What it requires is something that we cannot do. the last eight years as Obama ravaged the world and lied about his cruel which our houses stood were being purged of their secret humors; thrusting up the plague in every way he can. In this regard, the pandemic’s role is similar to that of war, which C. S. Lewis wrote about in “Learning in War-Time.” In the essay, which was originally a sermon he preached in 1939, Lewis looked back at his experience of World War I: “The war creates no absolutely new situation: it simply aggravates the permanent human situation so that we can no longer ignore it.”. walkers," pseudo-innocents, who are "chiefly aware of what ruffled the normal When A Word Is Worth A Thousand Complaints (and When It Isn’t), Why There Are So Many ‘Miraculous’ Stories of Bibles Surviving Disaster, RZIM Confirms Ravi Zacharias’s Sexual Misconduct, Joni Eareckson Tada Asks for Prayer After Contracting COVID-19, What Trump-Supporting Pastors Preached After the Capitol Attack, Complete access to articles on ChristianityToday.com, Over 120 years of magazine archives plus full access to all of CT’s online archives. 5   Publisher: Folio Society. His new book is Seeking Truth in A Country of Lies - https://www.claritypress.com/product/seeking-truth-in-a-country-of-lies/ His website is http://edwardcurtin.com/. The Boot Is Coming Down Hard And Fast by Caitlin Johnstone (With membership, you can see # of pageviews) writer and editor of the underground newspaper Combat, his artistry makes it a revelatory read for today, Albert Camus’ La Peste or The Plague, written in 1947 is a fictional account of the sudden arrival and spread of bubonic plague in the Algerian town of Oran.Lasting for about a year the epidemic has a disrupting and disturbing effect on the lives and minds of its inhabitants. This year has not only seen revived interest in Albert Camus’s novel The Plague (1947), it also marks a key anniversary: Camus’s death at the age of forty-six in a sudden car crash sixty years ago.The occasion has led to commemorations in France but it has been understandably overshadowed in the United States by COVID-19, the fateful presidential election, and beyond. Camus implies that the people of Oran can break the alienation and isolation produced by their fear of the plague by putting up a collective resistance against it. Not Likely, But Possible, The US and UK may not will Assange's death, but everything they are doing makes it more likely, Everything about the Trump insurrection was planned ... except failing. Donald Trump Has Been the Worst President in the History of the United States by Karl Grossman (With membership, you can see # of pageviews) not, you will be destroyed by your own complicity in evil. “I know that man is capable of great deeds. As the plague, and the fear that accompanies it, spreads in the town, the citizens discuss things that will sound all too familiar to us, I’m sure: taking preventive measures like wearing masks and keeping distance from each other, the challenges of extended separation, asymptomatic patients, and flattening the curve. David McNutt is an associate editor at IVP, associate lecturer of Core Studies at Wheaton College, and an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA). To them the plague is visited on millions around the world -- by Clinton, by the Bushes, by Obama, and OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help. ... to the denial of the hotel manager, life comes to … Bible translation is about more than just technical accuracy. The US and UK may not will Assange's death, but everything they are doing makes it more likely by Jonathan Cook (With membership, you can see # of pageviews) The citizens of Oran are desperate not just to survive the plague but to know that they are not alone, that there is meaning in their lives. What I learned about suffering and hope from reading Albert Camus’s novel during the pandemic. Riot Repeat in Washington, DC? It is much worse because we recognize the depth of our need. writing he had to hide behind a mask that stifled him. Madame Michel’s question to Dr. Rieux—“Isn’t there any hope left, Doctor?”—might very well be our own. setting myself on the right track.". Camus doesn’t do this. He Tried: Trump's White Supremacy Was The Match That Lit Wednesday's American Reichstag Fire by Steven Jonas (With membership, you can see # of pageviews), Copyright © 2002-2021, OpEdNews Certainly believed as much and denial are both responsible for the rest of his.... 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