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And I saw Sisyphus too, [Odysseus says,] bound to his own torture, grappling with his monstrous boulder with both arms working, heaving, hands struggling, legs driving, he kept on thrusting the rock uphill toward the brink, but just as it teetered, set to topple--time and again the immense weight of the thing would wheel it back and the ruthless boulder would bound and tumble down to the plain again--so once again he would heave, would struggle to thrust it up, sweat drenching his body, dust swirling about his head.
In fact, in the case of Syria, Iran, and even the Israel-Palestine talks, the president and his secretary of state may end up feeling like more like Sisyphus than any other of history's great peacemakers before their term in office is over.
According to Greek mythology, Sisyphus was punished by ancient Greek gods for chronic deceitfulness.
"Creation" or art is another way to express human experiences, wrote Albert Camus, in his Myth of Sisyphus (1942), a philosophical essay examining the meaning of life.
Sisyphus didn't satisfy my urges of course, but he distracted me from them.
Orpheus is not nearly as well known as Sisyphus, but archetypally they are opposites.
If it's not a bit too obvious, one would have to point to Albert Camus's essay "The Myth of Sisyphus'' and above all its conclusion: "One must imagine Sisyphus happy." Yet the intellectual intensity of Camus's existentialist meditation does not get to the heart of Flobza's method, in which the artist's efforts become a treasure trove of tall tales we can delight in for their own sake--whether heroic, like the saga of swimming the rivers of Europe, or poignant, like that of the lonely artist flashing Morse code through the dark streets of Berlin.
The resulting three "stages" or "cycles" are organized around central themes--the absurd, revolt, and love--each coinciding with a Greek myth--The Myth of Sisyphus, The Myth of Prometheus, and The Myth of Nemesis, respectively.
Boonton Township, NJ, October 19, 2011 --( Sometimes leadership can feel like a never-ending burden — like Sisyphus pushing the mythical rock up the hill only to have it roll down again and again.'
When we discover later in the book that Hayley Foss is the daughter of the Pleiade Merope and the mortal king Sisyphus and therefore thousands of years old, and that furthermore her "Uncle Jolyon" is Jupiter, who has decreed she should never grow up or know anything about her family, we begin to look at this reading list in a different light.
If not, we end up like Sisyphus, ordered by the gods to push a heavy stone up a steep hill, only for them to snatch it from him as he neared the top and roll it back to the bottom.