Accept life, take it as it is? Stupid. The means of doing otherwise? Far from our having to take it, it is life that possesses us and on occasion shuts our mouths.
Accept the human condition? I believe that, on the contrary, revolt is part of human nature.
To pretend to accept what is imposed on us is a sinister comedy. First of all we must live. So many things are capable of being loved that it is ridiculous to seem to desire pain.
Comedy. Pretense. One must be sincere. Sincere at any price, even to our own detriment.
Neither revolt nor despair, moreover. Life with what it has. To accept it or revolt against it is to place oneself in opposition to life. Pure illusion. We are in life. It strikes us, mutilates us, spits in our face. It also illuminates us with crazy and sudden happiness that makes us participants. It is short. That is enough. Still, make no mistake: there is pain. Impossible to evade. Perhaps, deep within ourselves, life's essential lot.
Our Contradictions. The mystics and Jesus Christ. Love. Communion. Certainly, but why waste words? More later.
Albert Camus, "Contradictions", 1933.