THE PLAGUE by CAMUS/re-read by Mussmann
April 23rd, 2020
THE PLAGUE by CAMUS/re-read (April 23, 2020)
Written in the 1940’s published in 1947.
This existential novel—is relevant now
as we witness our own plague in the
time of CORONA-19. The virus that
has created a large amount of death
and destruction in its path.
is a post- WW II-war story—as well—a metaphor
for the Nazi occupation and the terror of
that “plague”. Camus covers all the bases
with this work—how people react at each
stage of the disease—from beginning to
the end. It is a good read and a way to
reflect as we encounter the post-modern
plague that has come to us in the year
2019-2020. May we live to tell the ending.
Here in my own time and space I am
watching the urge now to address some
of the devastation of the Corona-19 by
helping people survive—how to address
the sorrow and how are we to make the
changes post-plague—or will we?
the air is cleaner—the silence is refreshing
as it allows for contemplation and reflection.
But the economy is a wreck—gasoline is
not selling—perhaps we stay put for awhile
and develop our own local economies—
perhaps we don’t need things shipped all
over the world and the global is not the end
all be all for us to survive…we need to give
the planet a chance to catch her breath
and hope for some fresh starts.