The Philosophy of: Sisyphus from Camus’ The Myth of Sisyphus (and what ice fishing’s got to do with it)

This is Izzy from The Last Kiss, and in this scene from the movie, his mate tries to guilt him into coming with on a massive trip by judging the fact that all he does is go ice fishing every day, and that is an ‘incomplete’ or ‘pathetic’ life. But Izzy is happy just going ice fishing, and he’d be happy doing it for the rest of his life:

In Albert Camus’ The Myth of Sisyphus, Sisyphus is found guilty of a crime and is sentenced to pushing a boulder up a mountain, over and over, for eternity. But as Camus says, we must imagine him happy.

When you remove distractions, remove choice, remove ambition, or the pointless pursuit of immortality through legacy (for fear of not being remembered), you can focus on the one task you’ve been given the privilege of doing.

It’s not Sisyphus has to do it, he gets to. The list of possible alternatives and choices have been narrowed to one, so why not put everything into it. And enjoy it. Because life is the most fortunate thing we get to have. You are alive (I’m guessing). So during the thing you’re lucky to have –life– you can choose to happy during whatever you do during it.