Albert Camus on Spiritual Snobbery
“It’s a kind of spiritual snobbery that makes people think they can be happy without money.”
– Albert Camus
Everybody is a kind of snob, whether they can recognize it in their values or not. Those who have money and a standard expectation of quality of life could be considered snobs by those who don’t. People who take a more monastic view of the universe and consider themselves at peace without material goods may look down at others who find passion from top-end devices and upscale restaurants. Albert Camus wanted to explore the human need to find true meaning and value in life and our inherent inability to do so, a philosophical conflict known as Absurdism. Instead of taking the values we hold and sneering at those whose priorities differ from ours, wouldn’t it be more constructive if we could simply accept our own Absurdism, embrace the unique values and diversity of others, and strive for more of what gives us passion, whether it’s money, internal peace, or otherwise?