The importance of knowledge in Algiers by Albert Camus

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Summer in Algiers by Albert Camus deals with the importance of the knowledge that is rooted in direct experience: pleasure, pain, misery, and death, which are part of life, looked at in the face, and not evaded. What makes this an interesting read is the lyrical and imagistic quality of the essay…

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In our modern times, especially with technology at our heels wherever we go, it is difficult to stay in touch with the essential realities of life, as Camus recommends. This short, imagistic essay is for me a call to wake up, look at life for what it really is, and be constantly aware of the fact that no theory or technology will help us change the bare framework of birth, youth, love sex, old age, and death. The second essay in consideration is “Of Age” by Michel de Montaigne, which talks about an earlier age of employment to be implemented as the norm. In the age when the essay was written, few people made it past the age of five decades, and most great accomplishments were seemingly achievable by the age of twenty. What makes the essay interesting is the picture it provides of the life and times when it was written It talks naturally of monarchy and of the age of fifty as a ripe old age, which are such anachronisms to most of us in our time.
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