Albert Camus

Since this is all an exercise in learning what we can from looking backward, naturally the list includes Edward Bellamy's
Should you act like the elders of Camus's Oran and ignore the presence of plague in our midst? What can you do to combat
Author and artist Jacques Ferrandez talks about Algeria and the controversial first sentence of "The Stranger."
Camus's broad appeal can be attributed to his elevation of ethics over politics, and individual decision-making over collective ideologies. By searching for meaning in the face of life's absurdity, his essays and novels provide a moral framework that can be applied to everyday situations.
Eric Andersen website: http://www.ericandersen.com Eric Andersen will participate in the upcoming NYC retrospective CAMUS
Citing Marx's line that "religion is the opium of the people," the French philosopher Raymond Aron wrote a critique of Marxism entitled The Opium of the Intellectuals.
In just two words of five syllables, medieval man brewed a bitter antidote to all from melancholy and regret to hubris and ostentation: memento mori.
At the glamorous waterside student union on the campus of the University of Wisconsin, 50 feet from where he first played with Steve Miller and Boz Scaggs back in the '60s, Madison-based jazz artist Ben Sidran gazed out at the summer crowds exuding satisfaction and serenity. No regrets.
It's clear that we're living in an era where politics has failed and, like politicians, has become remote from the ordinary European citizen.
Whether it's literature or some other key that opens the door, it's important that school communities explicitly reflect on our readiness to offer these children, and all children, the opportunities for moral development and moral leadership that our nation needs.