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Real Generosity to the Future

Real generosity to the future lies in giving all to the present.

I have been re-reading Albert  Camus’ 1947 novel, The Plague, this week.  As Camus tells the tale, the indefatigable Dr. Rieux and his comrades try to stem the ravages of  the plague in a North African port town.  Since this is a Camus novel, the characters occasionally wax philosophical.  And the story is an allegory, drawing on Camus’ wartime experience fighting the Nazi plague afflicting Europe, when he was the editor of the French Resistance’s paper, Combat.

While the theme of the quote above is embedded in this novel, it actually comes from an essay, The Rebel, a cri de coeur against nihilism of the Left and Right, written by Camus several years later.

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Common Decency Against the Plague

…there’s no question of heroism in all this. It’s a matter of common decency. That’s an idea which may make some people smile, but the only means of fighting a plague is – common decency.
Albert Camus, The Plague

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