Sisyphus Picture

I just now renewed my obsession with Greek mythology, and this is partly the result. Sisyphus was a mortal who defied the gods and was punished in the afterlife: he will push a boulder up and down a hill for all eternity. My mom tells a brilliant version of this story, and so does Albert Camus :[link]

Make of the picture what you will, but I always saw this myth as a symbol of free speech. Of course Sisyphus spoke out and was silenced--harshly--but when people like him are sacrificed, become martyrs, we need to fight not just to achieve liberty. We must maintain it. And as you can see all over the world right now, sometimes that's the much more difficult part.

The cursive across the boulder, for those of you who can't read my unfortunate handwriting, says "Everything you said was wrong and this rock proves us right." It's a play off that horrible punishment in school where a teacher makes a student write out a sentence a hundred times.

And as long as I'm on a roll as far as pretentious goes, I think this story is just as much about fear as it is about revolution. The fears that all of us have to carry, up and down, up and down...
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