Old Oriental Philosophy, Modern European Existentialism, and the Nature of Existence

Majid Ali, M.D.

Despair of Intelligent Europe and the Grace of the Uninitiated Easterners

Words of Rumi, Firdoosi, Camus, Sartre,  Monod, Russel, and Others

Albert Camus’ Happy Sisyphus 

“To him this now lordless universe appears neither sterile nor futile. Every particle of that rock, every mineral glint from that mountain,swathed in night, forms a world unto itself. The struggle toward the peaks is itself enough to fill a man’s heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy.”

In The Myth of Sisyphus 

Camus’s Sisyphus relentlessly pushes on to the mountaintop of  the nature of existence, fully aware of his fate at the summit: tumbling down with a collapse mountain, still resolute in commitment to hope in life.

Albert Einstein’s Sticks and Stoes

“I do not know with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones”

In The Culture of Einstein

By Alex Johnson

Jacques Monod’s Deaf to Music 

Jacques Monod was a friend of Camus who won Nobel Prize for his work in molecular biology.  Here is how he weighed on the subject:

“If he to accept  thgis message in its full meaning, man must finally awaken from his age-old dream to discover his total solitude, his radical strangeness. He knows now that, like a nomad, he stands at the margin of the universe where he must live. A universe deaf to his music, as indifferent to his hopes as to his suffering – or his crimes.”

In Chance and Necessity

Bertrand Russel’s unyielding despair

That man is the product of causes which had no provision of the end they were achieving; that his origin, his growth, his hopes and fears, his love and beflief, are but the outcome of accidental collocation of atoms; that no fire, no heroism, no intensity, no intensity of thought and feeling, can preserve in individual beyond the grave….Only within the scaffolding of these truths, only on the firm foundation of unyielding despair, can the soul’s habitation henceforth be safely built.”

In A Free Man’s Worship

Poet Mary oliver

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

Majid Ali’s What Was She Thinking?

Fully in awe of the great ones quoted above, I dare to offer the words which the four Nobelists brought me:

“When God created man in Her Image, what was She thinking?

Jack Miles

Professor or English and Religious Studies, University of california, Irvine.

“But recognizing the delusional premise of democracy needn’t undermine our faith in it.”

Grandmotherland Video Series

Our Shared African Grandmothers Video Series


 Our Shared African Grandmothers Series – Part One


 Our Shared African Grandmothers – Part Two – Grandmothers’ Healing Science of Love


 Our Shared African Grandmothers – Part Three – How Did I First Imagined Them?


 Our Shared African Grandmothers – Part Four – Moon Shot


 Our Shared African Grandmothers – Part Five – The Scientific Way


 Our Shared African Grandmothers Series – Part One


More on the subject, please consider other article in my Grandmotherland series.

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