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Re: Trauma and Camus

Perhaps when people carried on their regular routine, it was them trying to exercise some control over their situation, something along the line of "what you don't know can't hurt you."  Perhaps in some sort of strange logic, they thought it they ignored this disturbing phenomenon long enough, it would simply go away, or perhaps they thought if they acted like everything was normal long enough, everything would then return back to normal.  In a way, this is partially true.  The only thing these people had control over anymore was their own actions and through their own routines they maintained normalcy in the only way that they could.  People fear change, especially harmful change.  I think Camus' message is less about inevitability and more about how one should act.  Everything changes, good or bad, and trying to suppress change will only make things worse.

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