Humour by Rehana Munir: Falling for the myth
Deep below the level of rational thought lie stories that enthral and enrich. Which are some of your favourite stories that involve another level of fiction and fantasy?
I first read about the myth of Sisyphus while preparing for my graduation exams using notes photocopied from life-saving friends. Albert Camus’ influential essay, The Myth of Sisyphus (1942), spoke about the doomed human condition using the mythological Greek figure condemned to pushing a heavy rock up a hill; every time he reaches the top, the rock rolls down and he has to begin again – a back- and soul-breaking task that is neither ever completed nor abandoned. Much like the trauma of trying to book a vaccine slot online. Caught in a miasma of pandemic-coloured absurdity, my mind often wanders into the fertile terrain of myth, from which countless patterns of thought and feeling emerge.