Monday, April 17, 2006

Young Sisyphus tries to move the world

Sisyphus never was a good listener and tended to hear things out of context.

"Give me a place to stand and I will move the world," said Archimedes. He was talking about the lever, which he had invented.

Sisyphus heard the part about moving the world, but never got the thing about the lever, dooming him to a life of futility, an eternal losing battle. If he had just listened and used a lever, everything would have been different. Countless authors would have had to find new metaphors, and Camus would have had to rewrite the entire damn essay.

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