Amazon had good ratings on a book, “The Stranger” by Albert Camus so I bought it. Reading it took only about two hours tonight and I found it to be a fascinating book about a man who kills another man and goes on trial and is condemned. Throughout the whole ordeal, the man just does not seem to care much one way or the other, he only exists for the moment and the short term future. Interesting philosophy that made a bit of sense to me, though I think there are some fundamental flaws to it. Too much I have seen in life is highly structured and ordered for me to believe that it doesn’t matter how you live your life. My joy is quantifiable and reacts directly to the world around and inside of me. I am able to directly manipulate it through my actions and observe changes in it from the actions of others. I can agree with the viewpoint that one man’s life may have a different path to joy, but it is still a defineable and usually manageable path. I also think that many people think that they are more unique than they really are; our DNA is 99.99% the same and satisfying the same basic needs gives universal joy. Still though, existentialism makes much more sense than any religion.