Albert Camus's “The Human Crisis” read by Viggo Mortensen, 70 years later

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  • Published on May 8, 2016
  • 00:20 Introduction by Shanny Peer, Director of the Maison Française
    05:35 Introduction by Alice Kaplan, Professor of Yale University
    11:50 Reading of 'The Human Crisis' by Viggo Mortensen
    56:50 Discussion with Viggo Mortensen, Alice Kaplan and Souleymane Bachir Diagne
    On April 28, 2016 a reading by Viggo Mortensen of a speech by Albert Camus, and roundtable discussion with Viggo Mortensen, Alice Kaplan and Souleymane Bachir Diagne
    Albert Camus originally delivered this lecture on “La Crise de l’homme” on March 28, 1946, to a very full house at the McMillin Academic Theatre at Columbia University, on his first and only trip to the United States. 70 years later, to celebrate Camus’s visit to New York and Columbia, his lecture will be delivered in a dramatic reading by the actor Viggo Mortensen, in a version newly translated into English by Alice Kaplan.
    The event will be introduced by Shanny Peer and by Alice Kaplan, who will share new research from her forthcoming book, Looking for the Stranger: Albert Camus and the Life of a Literary Classic, to bring alive Camus’ U.S. visit and provide a context for his lecture. After the reading, Bachir Diagne and Alice Kaplan will be joined by Viggo Mortensen for a panel discussion about Albert Camus’ influence, his impressions of the U.S., and his reception in this country as a leading voice of the postwar generation of French intellectuals.
    Participants: Viggo Mortensen has consistently earned acclaim for his work in a wide range of films. Some of these include Jauja, Loin des hommes, The Two Faces of January, A Dangerous Method, The Road, Eastern Promises, Appaloosa, A History of Violence, and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. He has received various nominations and awards from groups including the Screen Actors Guild, the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Apart from acting in movies and plays, Mortensen is a poet, photographer, and painter. He founded and is the editor of Perceval Press, an independent publishing house specializing in poetry, photography, painting, and critical writing.
    Souleymane Bachir Diagne is Professor of Philosophy and French and Chair, Department of French, Columbia University.
    Alice Kaplan is the John M. Musser Professor of French and chair of the Department of French at Yale University.
    This event is organized in partnership with The Albert Camus Estate and is part of a series of events taking place in New York on the theme of "Camus : A Stranger in the City" (March 26 - April 19 / @camusnyc2016) commemorating the 70th year anniversary of Camus’ visit to the United States.
    If you want to see the Q&A with Viggo Mortensen about the movie Far from Men, a video is available here: thexvid.com/video/GE3Ux2on5B0/video.htmlm20s
    Columbia Maison Française website: maisonfrancaise.org/
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  • Engine Upkeep
    Engine Upkeep 10 months ago +1616

    Viggo was perfectly cast as Aragorn. He is incredibly, flawlessly masculine with a tender, kind and moral heart

  • A MaC
    A MaC 10 months ago +2151

    I believe that Camus was once quoted as saying " there are many things worth dying for but nothing worth killing for " I always found that a powerful statement.

    • Djuna Santoyo
      Djuna Santoyo 19 days ago

      @Charles Bell it’s what I was getting at. It must have got lost in translation. I haven’t seen this thread in such a long time lol. Sorry. I agree Charles.

    • Charles Bell
      Charles Bell 19 days ago +1

      @Djuna Santoyo remember self- defense is not murder, protecting your loved ones and yourself from harm mentally and or physically, is worth dying for, in self-defense.

    • James Barlow
      James Barlow Month ago

      Why? It doesnt even make sense

    • felicia tiba
      felicia tiba Month ago

      It is so very true!

  • chrisbasile
    chrisbasile 3 years ago +645

    Albert Camus delivered this lecture on “La Crise de l’homme” in 1946 at Columbia University, on his only trip to the United States. The lecture itself is from 18:45 - 56:35 in this video, and is presented in English translation. I recommend it wholeheartedly. It is relevent on many levels to the present situation, and while Camus spoke from the perspective of a 32-year-old Frenchman in the wake of WWII, his clarity and insight embody a kind of timeless wisdom.

    • John Molina
      John Molina 2 months ago

      Only that existentialism is dead and buried since.lol

    • Elaine Jacobs
      Elaine Jacobs 3 months ago +1

      @rtubeyou2010 Gosh, your reply is very interesting, thanks. Can you recommend any TheXvid vids re Neitzshe / myth? I know I can (and will) look at wiki...

    • Lee Feltham50
      Lee Feltham50 3 months ago

      @jeff forsythe about what?

    • rtubeyou2010
      rtubeyou2010 4 months ago +5

      @Kathryn Bencriscutto Few 20th century writers were as profoundly influenced by Nietzsche's philosophy and understood so well how despicably twisted by the Nazis that philosophy was. Plato, the Nazis could leave verbatim in the german curriculum. Nietzsche, one of the most ferocious anti-anti-Semites in all literature, Nietzsche, who excoriated German nationalism, Nietzsche whose moral ideal was summed up as "the Roman Caesar with the soul of Christ," and was consistently misunderstood and mistranslated as a Darwinian exponent of the crudest possible "survival of the fittest" the Nazis had to censor and caricature in text after text. The "Nietzsche Myth" is an entire sub-section within current Nietzsche studies.

    • Jim Murphy
      Jim Murphy 4 months ago

      Thanks 🙏

  • Sandra Carlson
    Sandra Carlson 9 months ago +369

    Viggo is a phenomenal human being. We are fortunate to have this multi talented individual share his talents with the world.

    • Sandra Carlson
      Sandra Carlson Month ago

      @James Barlow Lord of the Rings among others. He played Aragorn.

    • James Barlow
      James Barlow Month ago

      Never heard of him

    • galapagoensis
      galapagoensis Month ago

      While is cute to see you all act like kids about the guy.. I don’t buy the act.

    • Sandra Carlson
      Sandra Carlson Month ago

      @SodyPopInSpace He writes poetry, writes songs, has a wonderful singing voice. He can speak 7 languages. Watch LOTR Return of the King...toward the end of the film, you will hear him sing. Yes, that is his real voice.

    • Sandra Carlson
      Sandra Carlson Month ago

      He is an accomplished poet, song writer and has a nice singing voice. Watch Return of the King...he sings toward the end in elfish I think. Yes, it is his own voice.

  • adam s
    adam s 5 years ago +783

    Lecture starts at 16:22

    • Mathona Moore
      Mathona Moore Month ago

      Omg THANK YOU! I was falling asleep as I'm so tired, you saved my life lol plus, usually I tell others the start of the videos too. God bless from Ireland, 18th of April 2022 this Easter Monday 🐰🐇🐣🇮🇪❤️💐

    • Hamid Rezaei
      Hamid Rezaei 3 months ago

      Thank you 🙏🏻

    • PunchUp not LeftRight Its a ClassWar WakeUp
      PunchUp not LeftRight Its a ClassWar WakeUp 4 months ago

      @Conservative Strawman another time stamp has entered the chat but some say my " Let It Go Brandon 2022" tattoo on my lower back was not a time stamp despite the year😜

    • Conservative Strawman
      Conservative Strawman 4 months ago

      @East Wind Community (Sumner's Unofficial Archives) *timestamps have entered the chat*

    • MARCELITA DÍAZ
      MARCELITA DÍAZ 4 months ago

      Thanks.

  • The Zigzagman
    The Zigzagman 9 months ago +199

    It's so blessedly cathartic to know that someone else got it. That someone else recognized the value in an imperfect struggle towards utopia. That another person understood the dehumanizing nature of bureaucracy and the way that systems strive at all times to pit some of us against the rest to keep us separated in our hearts and minds.
    Very interesting speech.

    • skeenybarbar
      skeenybarbar Month ago

      Yes Sir!!

    • Steven Light
      Steven Light Month ago

      Wonderbar o oooo so true.

    • Jutta Weise
      Jutta Weise 2 months ago +1

      @Brett Pid you should read Camus, then you'll understand his humanisme. He is first universal, who just by pure coincidence was french!
      For a start I recommend "le premier homme". After you read it, you'll probably understand his humanisme which is applicable to all. But you should
      set aside all your bias concerning french intellectualism. But to be honest I think you have already made up your mind. Sorry for you!

  • Peter Pan🔥
    Peter Pan🔥 10 months ago +789

    What's good about Viggo reading this is that he is genuinely interested and is a regular sort of guy - the kind of intellectual Camus was trying to touch always. And for this he has a great non pretentious speaking voice - this is so very important, don't you agree - it's good that he's nervous.

    • Alec Rosewell
      Alec Rosewell 2 months ago

      @Elaine Jacobs he speaks French what are you talking about. VM speaks French. I think he speaks 7 languages.

    • Suzanne Whitty
      Suzanne Whitty 2 months ago

      @Michael Elgar o

    • Elaine Jacobs
      Elaine Jacobs 3 months ago +1

      @TruckdriverJoe AndOtherFables Except, Nobel Laureat for Literature Camus wasn't a "great speaker"; he was a great writer/thinker. He was invited to come to NY in 1946, and had long negotiations as to the subject of his lecture. During which, he makes clear that he has little respect for politicians or others who have power. He certainly isn't trying to come across to anyone as "your best friend". I get the impression that you haven't bothered to listen before commenting.

    • Elaine Jacobs
      Elaine Jacobs 3 months ago

      @Pat Yes. I followed the general thrust, but was momentarily confused in places. Of course, we have rewind!

    • Elaine Jacobs
      Elaine Jacobs 3 months ago

      @Rich Adduci I imagine VMortensen would have quite liked to have access to PresTrump -- but I doubt he would have had access.

  • Orion26
    Orion26 Year ago +434

    Incredibly poignant talk. As relevant today, as it was then. Has humanity learned nothing since? The world stands at a crossroads once again.
    “Silence is death, and you, if you talk, you die, and if you remain silent, you die. So, speak out and die.”
    ― Tahar Djaout

    • Linda S. Martin
      Linda S. Martin 18 days ago +1

      @Cmeigs017 well, in the USA, some people, many people love to blame government for all the real and imagined woes in their lives. I beg to differ. Too many of us are spoiled, or lazy, egoistic, easily led, inactive and ignorant. We elect our representatives from the local to national level, and if we were better educated (with mandatory Civics in school curriculum to help understand how government functions and laws are passed) we might ask more of our candidates and demand more from our representatives. The lack of ethics and insatiable need for guns I have no answers for. Lastima.

    • Elaine Jacobs
      Elaine Jacobs 3 months ago

      @Solo Bano And Muslims too. Both faiths based on Abrahamic teachings. Remember, there was no Christianity while Jesus was alive! He was teaching the Abrahamic teachings. I'm not religious, but married to a non-practising African Muslim. Basics: Love your family first, then your neighbours, then everyone else.

    • Elaine Jacobs
      Elaine Jacobs 3 months ago

      @Hendrik Smildiger "Humanity does not learn from it's mistakes , it actually thrives on them" -- that's not "humanity"; that's neoliberal politicians and the people they serve -- who are generally corporatists, or just their pub mates.

    • Elaine Jacobs
      Elaine Jacobs 3 months ago

      @Carly Ellison While that is true, as fact, it wasn't what he meant at the time. He later died in a car accident. Unless you think that the accident wasn't an "accident" b/c he was held up for 4 hours at NY immigration?

  • steven schararth
    steven schararth 5 months ago +42

    To be able to have access to presentations such as this is truly one of the great gifts of our times.

    • Tyler Davis
      Tyler Davis 23 days ago

      You’ve truly understood nothing 😬

  • Terry McAnalen
    Terry McAnalen 9 months ago +66

    My dear ,
    In the midst of hate , I found there was , within me , an invincible love ,
    In the midst of tears , I found there was , within me , an invincible smile ,
    In the midst of chaos , I found there was , within me , an invincible calm ,
    I realized , through it all , that in the midst of winter , I found there was , an invincible summer , and that makes me happy , for it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me , within me , there's something stronger , something better , pushing right back ,
    Yours truly ,
    Albert Camus
    Philosopher of the Absurd

  • jimmythethird
    jimmythethird 8 months ago +53

    It’s incredible how a lot of what he’s talking about from 80 years ago seems so similar to today like how indifferent people are to others suffering and how everyone has an urge of rebellion

  • typower9
    typower9 9 months ago +57

    I really recommend watching the award-winning documentary from the Cizik School of Nursing in Houston, Texas, 'Caring Corrupted: The Killing Nurses of the Third Reich'. It should be required viewing for anyone studying nursing or medicine. Actually everyone needs to see it! There are so many parallels to what is happening now and where it is heading.

    • Erin Cromer
      Erin Cromer 3 months ago +3

      Watched a bit of the film. Healthcare in the US? Specifically now?

    • Lily Gazou
      Lily Gazou 5 months ago +8

      Agreed. It haunts me- and I see it happening anew.

  • Cara Mason
    Cara Mason 11 months ago +142

    “ The beast is dead but the venom isn’t gone “
    Very eye opening 👍The plague is my next read

    • Elaine Jacobs
      Elaine Jacobs 3 months ago

      @jeff forsythe And that is the fault of philosopher Marx? Of course not. Politicians have always done what they wanted to do.

    • Elaine Jacobs
      Elaine Jacobs 3 months ago +1

      I read it for French A level. I don't remember any deconstruction of the underlying message at the time. Am halfway through re-reading, for a third time, 50 years later -- when, at last, I'm getting the message.

    • Robin G
      Robin G 4 months ago

      Welcome to 2020-2022

    • Brett Pid
      Brett Pid 4 months ago +1

      @njux mh I would argue that it wasn't distorted, his vision was somewhat naive and shallow and mostly disconnected from reality, which is why if you try to implement it it turns to misery. The very idea of an achievable utopia makes people do horrible things.

    • Twiglet 22
      Twiglet 22 9 months ago +2

      Read it a couple of times - it's a great read !
      “That sensation of a void within which never left us, that irrational longing to hark back to the past or else to speed up the march of time, and those keen shafts of memory that stung like fire.”

  • Ellie Lindsey
    Ellie Lindsey 4 years ago +181

    and now I'm going to go read as many as the works of Camus as possible. Thanks for this!!

    • kid_a_2000
      kid_a_2000 3 months ago +1

      The Plaque “La Peste” Is far and away the greatest synthesis of his philosophy artistry and worldview. The Myth of Sisyphus and other novels are, imo, just his other brilliant building blocks which came together to create that book. It was and always has been my favorite book of the 20th century other than Blood Meridian.

    • Okami Sensei
      Okami Sensei 8 months ago

      @Nostalgia The whole book is so painful until their end, where the pain peaks. SPOILERS
      The latter half of the book shows us the most painful our fear of the Absurd can be. It makes the acceptance of the Absurd in the end so profound and beautiful because it shows us that even someone in a situation as terrible as Mersault can find happiness in the Absurd.

    • Okami Sensei
      Okami Sensei 8 months ago +1

      @Carson Eastman You should read them all, preferably in order. You get to appreciate the evolution of his ideas in a historical context that way.

    • Peter Pan🔥
      Peter Pan🔥 9 months ago +1

      @Emma Goldman The stranger.......exile and the kingdom

    • M. C2
      M. C2 10 months ago +1

      @Nostalgia I dig it, as well as the Visconti film adaptation. My only struggle with the Stranger is that the protagonist has an effortless ease in the workplace, he experiences no angst in relation to his office job. I wish Camus had here shined a light on how miserable it is to have to work and how much it gouges our experience of life.

  • Christina Frascona
    Christina Frascona 4 months ago +30

    “We still haven’t left absurdities behind”. Beautiful written, beautifully read.

  • Patricia Kelley
    Patricia Kelley 10 months ago +123

    Viggo is a proud product of Watertown in Northern New York. He is also a graduate of St Lawrence University. What you see is what you get with this man and it is so fitting that he is reading Camus’s work. Viggo is a very kind, unassuming, a truly down to earth and very intelligent gentleman to say nothing of his amazing performances as an actor. Thank you Viggo. We in the North Country are so proud of you. God Bless!

    • Elaine Jacobs
      Elaine Jacobs 3 months ago

      @Patricia Kelley I noted that his excellent French accent, for sure.

    • Patricia Kelley
      Patricia Kelley 8 months ago +7

      He sure is a very proud product of Watertown and has never let his success go to his head. He speaks at least 5 languages and I’ve often wondered if he picked up the tribes dialect in Hidalgo; also one of his great movies which oftentimes is never mentioned. I believe he bought the horse that he rode in the film. 👍

  • Nobody's fool
    Nobody's fool 6 years ago +731

    Truly wonderful. A rare reminder of how the Internet can bring enlightenment in this celebrity obsessed age of reality tv, video games and super hero movies. Thank you.

    • harry nac
      harry nac 2 months ago +1

      @Jutta Weise I didn't know that, thanks.

    • Jutta Weise
      Jutta Weise 2 months ago +1

      @harry nac he plays in "loin des hommes" film based on the novel The Visitor by Camus. Remarkable film!

    • Jutta Weise
      Jutta Weise 2 months ago +1

      @Frogoto I actually loved this conversation of you 2. It shows that it is really impossible to have a real understanding of one and other on
      the internet, the important mimic is missing. Many times I realise this, as an onlooker. Even though I have to agree that both of you have a point hahahahahaha.
      as a european I lived many years in a north african country. When I went living there end of the sixties, it was very poor, nothing of what I was
      used to, to buy. Except it's exellent fruits, vegetables, meat ect. It took some time do adapt. But I've learned lessons for life of appreciating simplicity, enjoying the see and nature of this country and last but not least it's lovely people. On the way I learned diffent languages as a bonus. There is not really an "unlivable" country. Because setting everything aside, a country is made up of people. It is you, your style of living and appreciating the benefits it gives you, to have the chance of living in a diffent culture. It is a privilege no matter where!

    • Merryl Derrickson
      Merryl Derrickson 3 months ago +1

      the greatest intellectual equalizing tool in human history, delivered to us without even knowing we needed it....
      and today used by 99% of people solely as a means to scrapbook their lives and read other scrap books about other lives.'
      ive read that each year the internet gets about 1000x times bigger....you guessed it, 99% of which is personal photographs and videos

    • Elaine Jacobs
      Elaine Jacobs 3 months ago

      @hhhgfffh ff So, are you a wrestler?

  • Ruben Malayan
    Ruben Malayan 9 months ago +34

    I am surprised no one mentioned "History of Violence", which is directly related to this subject, and Viggo plays an amazing part in.

    • TrumpstersAreTurds
      TrumpstersAreTurds 9 months ago +6

      It is mentioned if you pay attention to the beginning of this video.

  • towhidul bari
    towhidul bari Year ago +234

    Viggo's voice perfectly portrays the clarity & depth in the thoughts of Camus,a man without faith who hopelessly holds up hope in the midst of despair.

    • James Barlow
      James Barlow Month ago +1

      But Camus said that "our task is to live without hope"...

    • James
      James 6 months ago +1

      @jeff forsythe please no

    • Katia Leitao
      Katia Leitao 7 months ago +2

      I did. I also questioned the sincerity of their God-given inaluable rights…

    • Magdalene K
      Magdalene K 9 months ago +2

      beautifully said

    • Miri IAintSayin
      Miri IAintSayin 9 months ago +16

      @jeff forsythe Question with boldness even the existence of a God. ~Thomas Jefferson

  • JAM McGuire
    JAM McGuire 9 months ago +49

    "Beauty is unbearable, drives us to despair, offering us for a minute the glimpse of an eternity that we should like to stretch out over the whole of time "

  • Bill McCabe
    Bill McCabe 7 months ago +25

    Magnificently poignant, a timeless literary work of art. Camus' words not only captures the mind but the very soul. Amazingly relevant today as it was when first spoken in 1946.

  • Eddie Teetree
    Eddie Teetree 11 months ago +75

    Listening to Camus speech makes me wonder if he was talking about the reality of post war Europe or seeing the future. Certainly his intention was to use his own experience as a warning which was, unfortunately, not heeded. Human history is a play in which only the actors and sets change with the narrative repeating endlessly.

    • Aaron Fleisher
      Aaron Fleisher 3 months ago +2

      Camus argued against that Hegelian/Marxist eternal return. Perhaps better put would be to say that mankind does not progress. We remain engaged in the same milieu of struggle, hate, nihilism, and absurdity. We should seek peace. That should be our moral imperative. Camus never proposed an eternal peace at the end of the progress of history.

    • norman leach
      norman leach 8 months ago +2

      ...and yet peace -- the cessation of thinking -- is our ontological ground and in the very air we breathe.

    • Jacob Loving
      Jacob Loving 10 months ago +1

      So, there’s nothing to change. Words don’t make reality. It’s so deeply entrenched in our being. Can’t even say what it is.

    • kweejibo dali
      kweejibo dali 10 months ago +3

      that is very profound, bravo

  • Eric Zhou
    Eric Zhou 5 months ago +22

    It's amazing to hear Viggo, the lead actor of Captain Fantastic, to mount a deep reflection on the Western modernity and its failures.

  • Animal Lives Matter 냥주먹

    "The cats sleep for days at a time and make love from the first star until dawn. Their pleasures are fierce, and their sleep impenetrable. And they know that the body has a soul in which the soul has no part."
    "Cats are magical. . .the more you pet them the longer you both live. "
    - Albert Camus

    • Animal Lives Matter 냥주먹
      Animal Lives Matter 냥주먹 6 months ago +9

      @Jim Fuge - I've found another I love more lol.
      "His whole being radiates a pure, wild sweetness, flitting through night woods with little melodious cries, on some cryptic errand. There is also an aura of doom and sadness about this trusting little creature. He has been abandoned many times over the centuries, left to die in cold city alleys, in hot noon vacant lots, pottery shards, nettles, crumbled mud walls. Many times he has cried for help in vain.”
      - William S Burroughs, The Cat Inside

    • Jim Fuge
      Jim Fuge 6 months ago +2

      I didn't know that quote and I love it knowing it now.

    • Anna L. Vajda
      Anna L. Vajda 7 months ago +2

      Depends on the cat just like depends on the person. Some cats are hunters others are skittish some like dogs some don't I've known many cats they vary.

  • Sa
    Sa 6 months ago +19

    Absolutely wonderful-thank you so much Mr. Mortensen, as well to your colleagues. Thoroughly enjoyable and so relevant in this hour of our lives.

  • mark kavanagh
    mark kavanagh 9 months ago +163

    I often think of Camus when I am stuck on a phone trying to sort out my bank account or electrical bill.
    If he could only see it now; the impersonal, beaurocratic and egocentric purgatory we have created.
    No wonder the kids want to burn it down.

    • just dev
      just dev 4 months ago +1

      No wonder indeed. Who can blame them!

    • Josh Viggiani
      Josh Viggiani 7 months ago

      @elisheva Weberman not literally

    • rorororororo
      rorororororo 8 months ago

      :(

    • norman leach
      norman leach 8 months ago +3

      Today's best understatement...What da name a da band? Rage Against the Machine. (Profound resistance is the quality of resilience expressed through the proactive courage of love. Dare to care.)

  • Think Mackay
    Think Mackay 11 months ago +51

    Thank you. I wish this recording is mandatory for every highschool students as one of his/her graduation requirements.

    • Serpentine S
      Serpentine S 10 months ago +3

      I think it would be good for every high school student to thoroughly learn the Pledge of Allegiance, the 'American Trinity", and what they stand for.
      1. E Pluribus Unum,
      2. In God We Trust,
      3. Liberty

  • Mimamsa
    Mimamsa 8 months ago +21

    Albert Camus will always be my favourite author. Honesty is everything.

  • Dawn Adriana
    Dawn Adriana 4 months ago +18

    "No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main... any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore, never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee." John Donne

  • Colin James
    Colin James 4 months ago +7

    Very happy to have found this! I found it very insightful and though this story recounts violence from history, it provided me w a sense of inclusion. It also reflects many of todays societal conflicts. Excellent speech by Viggo M. No one could have done it better. To sum.. it was good and sad and scary at times, but ultimately heartwarming in that it proves there is a commonplace in humanity

  • Ben Jones
    Ben Jones 3 months ago +7

    Camus is a huge influence for me and has been since I read the stranger when I was 18. used him a lot in my academic and creative work but more importantly I use him in my day to day life and struggles, a genius with heart. writing this before watching, so I'm looking forward to this.

  • Neologian
    Neologian 4 months ago +30

    "It no longer matters that we respect or prevent a mother's suffering. What counts is ensuring the triumph of a doctrine."
    That line could have been written yesterday and it sends chills down my spine when I consider the amount of vitriol aimed at, and the amount of suffering I see wished upon, those who have done nothing more than failing to support a doctrine. Literally this morning I'm listening to a news report of a 30 year old husband and father of three being denied life saving medical care...merely because he's failed to support the triumph of a doctrine. Deadly stuff......and history is so terrifyingly and easily repeated.

    • Skrizzler
      Skrizzler 3 months ago

      And this morning I ate bacon, we live in a sick world

  • BRelding92
    BRelding92 10 months ago +14

    Great content, and I didn't realise how much I enjoy Viggo's voice. I'd love him to read some audiobooks.

  • skonther0ck
    skonther0ck 9 months ago +33

    So many accomplished actors with marvelous voices. I wish they all would read to us. We all love a well told tale. I still remember Christopher Plummer reading “Jacob Two Two and the Hooded Fang” to the delight of me and my children. Darn near wore that record out. So much better than tv. And imbuing a love of ideas, language, and reading upon us all.

    • Skrizzler
      Skrizzler 3 months ago

      I'd love for Niki Minaj to read Holes

  • Tanya Wade
    Tanya Wade 3 months ago +13

    43:49 It’s such a wonderful thing to hear a young man of that era advocating for the right to love! It just warms my heart. I wish I could take a trip to that time to meet Albert (my grandfather’s name😉) at this point in his life. That would be awesome, I think. He’d prob get a kick out of hanging with a mature black American woman for an hour😁.

    • Tanya Wade
      Tanya Wade Month ago

      @Captain_Wafer 😂😂. Thx for the reminder, heathen😂. I wasn’t gonna do anything, promise🤞🏽😁.

    • Captain_Wafer
      Captain_Wafer Month ago +2

      Hold your horses there Tanya he's a married man lol

  • Tiffany Page
    Tiffany Page 4 months ago +8

    This is profound, it addresses the reality that man faces a old problem, the inability to rule himself without a clear focus of survival for the species.

  • sunflower 89
    sunflower 89 9 months ago +39

    I feel so content now , words of Albert Camus presented by my favourite actor😌
    Today was one of the rare times that TheXvid recommanded at least 3 random videos which actually had anything to do with using your mind and appreciate the work of intellectual individuals.🤔👍

    • Elaine Jacobs
      Elaine Jacobs 3 months ago +1

      Yes, it came up, apparently randomly, for me, too. But I imagine algorithms at playing a part. If they go on recommending this quality of vid, I'm not going to complain!

  • Vokwana-Welz Voksie
    Vokwana-Welz Voksie 8 months ago +9

    Wonderful reading by Viggo Mortensen. His voice reminds me of my dearest friend Jo Lorentzen, who died before his time. Indeed the human crisis lecture is as relevant today as it was in 1946...as the human crisis continues to torment us.

  • griffus111
    griffus111 8 months ago +11

    I love Viggo, one of the best actor, painter, writter and photographer of this era.

  • Halcyon Rain111
    Halcyon Rain111 4 months ago +4

    Thank you everyone involved. Viggo is a very inspiring human. I have always loved Lord of the rings,the books, he is a great actor and embodied strider/Aragon. These words seem more important now in 2022.

  • Jay Eisner
    Jay Eisner 2 months ago +1

    "Just as we all consecrate and justify murder and terror when we have the temerity to think that everything is meaningless." That sentence grabbed hold of me and wouldn't let go

  • Daniel Menges
    Daniel Menges 9 months ago +28

    Very wise, very insightful and (I saw with a sigh), very timely, 70 years on. given what's happening in the world, what still seems to be happening. Great to hear such philosophy that is rooted in human dignity and freedom -- not some abstract, ivory tower.

    • Elaine Jacobs
      Elaine Jacobs 3 months ago

      @Nutsilica: Renaissance Obviously? Read La Peste (The Plague), before commenting.

    • Peter Carlisle
      Peter Carlisle 4 months ago

      Iv had the mesals, chicken pox and maybe german mesals. My mother should remember these things right?
      Also whooping cough as a child that I had for over a year before I was seen by a doctor. Probably did irreversible damage to my lungs. I just remember coughing and coughing the throwing up and sometimes I would go down. Hard to say if lost consciousness as was young.
      Mesals sucked but was 4, just a never ending fever, delirious and kinda like awake but not and afraid. Mind plays tricks on you when delirious.
      Chicked pox, oh man my ass, eye lids, belly, back was so itchy. Was more chalk white with calamine than skin for two weeks. I can attest that tapping even mits to childrens hands so can't scratch/ lasting scaring is not an old wives tale. Didn't happen to me as I didn't want even mits so dis what I could not to. Yip boils to. Woke up and showed mum, what's this, was every ware and over night. You feel well tho just so itchy, cant leave house or play outside etc for two weeks. So 10 years adult time lol
      I was born in the 80s in a developed nation listed easily top ten in and social/ socialist government sceem. Had my jab but caught messals/ mumps befor that and whooping cough has not had a vaccine to long. Rampant in my county like menangitious compared to any other seveloped world but only free vax to over 65 ( puverty breeds ignorance and at risk community's on may fronts) , sure as anything my kids have had theirs at 5. So wont get sick like me.
      Covid is the harry Mccleary of viruses. The sky falling the skys falling!
      True we did not know publically at outbreak. So we panicked then listened to the loudest (more connected) voice. Everyone reacts to armageddon speculation the same way. Run, hide, fight etc.
      Spanish flue was a pandemic.
      Covid and sars are related. My country has now terible ranks of health care, child abuse, systemic poverty: arguable related (not actually kidding but so bad it's funny).
      And?

  • M.A. Fion
    M.A. Fion Year ago +70

    This Camus speech seems to be an early version of what would emerge as "The Rebel," published a few years later, in 1951. It's a stimulating response to not just Hegel but Sartre.

    • fleetstreet11
      fleetstreet11 29 days ago

      @Jim Fuge "WHY, Mr. Anderson? WHY do you PERSIST?!?!" "Because I choose to."

    • Jim Fuge
      Jim Fuge 6 months ago +3

      The speech reminded me of a scene in the movie Casablanca when Rick played by Bogart ask the Chek freedom fighter Lazlo, why is he fighting isn't it pointless? Lazlos response opens with you might just as well ask why we breathe, if we didn't breathe we would die. Of course he could have also said have you ever met her?

  • Indirá Camotim
    Indirá Camotim 10 months ago +47

    I have so much respect for you, Viggo Mortensen. It just increased a hundred fold with this reading of Camus work, with all the authenticity of someone who does not feel the need to be perfect.
    #RESPECT

    • Elaine Jacobs
      Elaine Jacobs 3 months ago

      @Justin Doward Thank you, Justin. I was just planning my reply, but you've covered it!
      I don't understand why people who have clearly not listened to/understood the message reply -- unless they're bots.

    • Indirá Camotim
      Indirá Camotim 9 months ago +6

      @Justin Doward - thank you, Justin Doward for your comment.

    • Justin Doward
      Justin Doward 9 months ago +11

      @Eva Cromwell Assuming the telephone was sentient, could speak 6 languages, was familiar with the philosophy and capable of understanding and intonation, inspired people and many other nuances too numerous to mention then you are correct and Viggo is nothing more than a delivery device similar to a Turkey baster.

    • Eva Cromwell
      Eva Cromwell 9 months ago +1

      Kinda like thanking the telephone for giving you the message.

  • S G
    S G 4 months ago +19

    “Our life undoubtedly belong to others and it is right if necessary to sacrifice it but our death belongs only to us” 44:30

  • Lukasz Przek
    Lukasz Przek 3 years ago +135

    This kind of clarity and pertinence is so rare in political philosophy

    • The Zigzagman
      The Zigzagman 3 months ago +1

      @Elaine Jacobs
      Philosophy in general is a way of organizing and espousing ideas. The greatest philosophers aren't just the ones with the most interesting ideas, they're the ones who know how to make those ideas understood by others.
      The difference between political and apolitical philosophies is that, while they both want to change the way you think, one seeks to advance modes of thought in service of some larger goal while the other pursues contemplation of its tenets as an end unto itself.

    • Elaine Jacobs
      Elaine Jacobs 3 months ago

      @The Zigzagman I like most of what you say. Except: I don't get how you think "apoliticial philosophy" should also be "an effective way of organizing and espousing ideas" -- which is, surely, political?

    • Elaine Jacobs
      Elaine Jacobs 3 months ago

      @jeff forsythe Camus had no time for politicians.

    • The Zigzagman
      The Zigzagman 9 months ago +4

      I think that's because political philosophy is inherently concerned with advancing an idea or justifying a value program. Relevance is only useful to political philosophy in its capacity to attract fresh minds to impress upon.
      Apolitical philosophy is more concerned with personal enlightenment and the advancement of humanity as a whole. It has a vital need to be relevant because the second it falls out of step with modern thinking, it ceases to be an effective way of organizing and espousing ideas.

    • jeff forsythe
      jeff forsythe 10 months ago +2

      @vervor I am just aware that politicians, journalists and lawyers are the bain of existance. I practice truthfulness-compassion-tolerance ...................falundafa

  • Kelsey Coyote
    Kelsey Coyote 4 months ago +7

    So poignant and timely. This reading makes clear that we are all continuing to be in crisis. My most humble gratitude.

  • Anne Knudsen
    Anne Knudsen 5 months ago +7

    In 1974 I was 8 years old and living in Paris with my family. My dad was an art professor and had received a sabbatical to study in Paris. Our landlords, the Tweedies; Michael from England and Odile from France, became friends with mom and dad. One day Odile asked dad if he could help a friend of hers move books. My dad said yes and helped. At the end of helping out he heard Odile say something to Madame Camus. Dad was speechless. He later asked Mrs. Tweedie about the woman. Odile said that she was Albert Camus' second wife. I happened to be with dad during this time and don't remember what happened. I was interested in the adventure of those days and of being 8 years old; not so much into Albert Camus. I have begun learning and reading about Albert Camus. I do not always know if I understand what I am reading correctly but feel that if dad thought he was something, then something he was. Thank you for bringing up a memory of childhood, art, philosophy and freedom of beliefs.

  • Sarah Breisch
    Sarah Breisch 10 months ago +15

    the king, the scholar, the poet.

  • sergio perezio
    sergio perezio 4 months ago +2

    It's like we are going to live the lives we read about in history. brutally honest speach. Too bad there is no audio recording.

  • Diane Bode
    Diane Bode 3 months ago +4

    WOW!!! In light of the Canadian Freedom Convey, this speech given by Camus in 1946 and read by Viggo in 2016 is critically important. Fear and violence are spun out on daily basis via mass media, government mandates, social and economic devastation and isolation are increasingly.shaping American Society today.. The fact that there is essentially a media blackout about the Canadian Freedom Convoy message should be of grave concern. Camus advocated brotherhood and dialogue - free and open expression. It is beyond time for us to wake up to his message. Thanks you for sharing this with all of us.

  • Sandra Seepersad
    Sandra Seepersad 10 months ago +21

    To admire this man.and to love his love for all art form🥰

  • Dr. Charles W. James
    Dr. Charles W. James 8 months ago +11

    Albert Camus is a humble revelation of the power of listening.

  • james arline
    james arline 4 years ago +49

    Truly a man of peace which the planet at these times desperately needs.

    • Dementional
      Dementional 4 months ago +2

      @jeff forsythe Mr Bright Side

    • Okami Sensei
      Okami Sensei 8 months ago

      @jeff forsythe lmao

    • jeff forsythe
      jeff forsythe 10 months ago +5

      Lucifer has ruled here for centuries but no one seemed to notice.

  • Slim M.
    Slim M. 9 months ago +18

    You forgot Hidalgo! A great movie! Viggo is a wonderful actor, very intelligent individual, fantastic actor, a wonderful human being.

  • Bogdan Pintilie
    Bogdan Pintilie Year ago +217

    The Rebel.
    That is Camus most mature and important work. Followed by the Myth Of Sisyphus, which is more popular, but his thought wasn't as developed yet.
    As a MA grad in philosophy I just wanted to leave this here for future watchers.

    • Jamurai Sack
      Jamurai Sack 8 months ago

      @Okami Sensei also, you DO know that Sisyphus wasn't his creation, right? The character had an entire identity before Camus came along.

    • Jamurai Sack
      Jamurai Sack 8 months ago

      @Okami Sensei 🙄 I can't deal with this.
      Yes... for the love of God, I know that it's *supposed* to be absurdist. It's not. It's just lazy and stupid, unless it was done ironically.
      Albert was a gem. However, even the best of us can miss the mark sometimes. Sisyphus enjoying his task to spite the gods isn't absurd, it's idiotic. Absurd would be Sisyphus being a closeted masochist.

    • Okami Sensei
      Okami Sensei 8 months ago +1

      @Jamurai Sack You're looking at things the wrong way. The character of Sisyphus that Camus wrote is an ideal absurd hero. An example of someone that has totally implemented his revolt of the Absurd in his existence. This Sisyphus has so much passion for life that he enjoys the Absurd, the struggle. And this way, he wins against the Gods that punish him.
      He's just made the myth into an allegory to explain absurdist ideas.

    • The Zigzagman
      The Zigzagman 9 months ago +1

      @Freedom Fries
      It's pathetic to spout this kind of gibberish on a sock puppet account. You're engaging in discourse without proper respect for your fellow man and it's offensive.

  • Phil Anderton
    Phil Anderton 8 months ago +13

    I read Camus' "The Stranger" in 1968 as part of an Arts subject complimenting my essentially Scientific studies. It was mind-opening, if unsettling. We just exist.

  • Jeffrey Ackerman
    Jeffrey Ackerman 3 months ago

    Thank you for bringing this to me. After listening several times, I believe I have heard that it is in a web of communication that we can find hope for our futures. An optimism neither silly nor vain. A web of communication that may one day form a fabric of meaning, with which to facilitate our individual choices for values.

  • Keyners77
    Keyners77 7 months ago +3

    One of my favorite writers, it takes a lot of culture and worldliness for an American actor to study this author...kudos to Viggo Mortensen

  • Rainer Warzecha
    Rainer Warzecha 10 months ago +10

    Bravo! So contemporary! Important lesson...

  • ELENIKARASAVVIDOU
    ELENIKARASAVVIDOU 4 months ago +1

    Thank you so very much for this! Thank you for reminding us the importance of engaging Universities and Art with Society and the challenges that imposes to us.

  • Umar Yusufu
    Umar Yusufu 4 months ago +2

    I found my splendid naivety at the age of 18. Anything was possible everything was available. After a series of shocks in 2021 I have restarted reading Camus to rebuild my self. A body of work worthy of everyone's attention.✌🏽❤️

  • seniorarubia
    seniorarubia 10 months ago +36

    Camus was outstanding at that time. Forever relevant in this kabalistic world

    • Belleza Vudd
      Belleza Vudd 9 months ago +1

      @Vingul
      Nah, he was an absurd existentialist. But thats proven much too challenging for most.

    • Belleza Vudd
      Belleza Vudd 9 months ago +1

      @whyisblue923taken
      Is that alex jones i hear calling you home ?

  • t collings collings
    t collings collings 10 months ago +24

    I've read and re-read The Outsider many times...still as relevant today as ever....the ennui of indifference

    • Jim Smith
      Jim Smith 6 months ago +1

      It's just brilliant isn't it; It's also the perfect length, not a word too long, nor too short. Camus was a master at his craft.

  • sinecast
    sinecast 4 months ago +7

    The human crisis was told by literature in the times of Albert Camus and before. Now it's depicted in social media as a joke.

  • Kimberly Chifmakher
    Kimberly Chifmakher 3 months ago

    Who cannot praise Camus. A great man! May we learn and open our minds. Thank you Mr. M.

  • nia
    nia 2 years ago +1474

    never thought i'd be listening to aragorn reading camus for fun but here we are
    edit: this was 2 years ago. i did an A-Level in philosophy for fun a few years ago but i no longer care about that or aragorn if I'm honest, please chill guys lmao.

    • Skrizzler
      Skrizzler 3 months ago

      @Riley Graham 🤣☺️😘👍😋

    • CHenryT2 SSharkeyT
      CHenryT2 SSharkeyT 3 months ago

      @jeff forsythe Philosophy is God's blessing. So is atheism and all the other phy's and ism's. .

    • Teresa Ribeiro
      Teresa Ribeiro 7 months ago

      @w5winston What??? In fact I feel so stupid reading these comments... omg

  • L.A. November 2019
    L.A. November 2019 9 months ago +40

    "Man has dominated man to his injury".... undeniably true.

  • Academiclibrary
    Academiclibrary 2 months ago +2

    Participants: Viggo Mortensen has consistently earned acclaim for his work in a wide range of films. Some of these include Jauja, Loin des hommes, The Two Faces of January, A Dangerous Method, The Road, Eastern Promises, Appaloosa, A History of Violence, and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. He has received various nominations and awards from groups including the Screen Actors Guild, the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Apart from acting in movies and plays, Mortensen is a poet, photographer, and painter. He founded and is the editor of Perceval Press, an independent publishing house specializing in poetry, photography, painting, and critical writing.
    Souleymane Bachir Diagne is Professor of Philosophy and French and Chair, Department of French, Columbia University.
    Alice Kaplan is the John M. Musser Professor of French and chair of the Department of French at Yale University.
    This event is organized in partnership with The Albert Camus Estate and is part of a series of events taking place in New York on the theme of "Camus : A Stranger in the City" (March 26 - April 19 / @camusnyc2016) commemorating the 70th year anniversary of Camus’ visit to the United States.

  • Gul Sara
    Gul Sara 6 years ago +18

    Absolutely incredible :)

  • David Greenman
    David Greenman 3 years ago +12

    Wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing this.

  • Lorin SU
    Lorin SU 5 years ago +30

    Simply mesmerizing,,, what a great event

  • Doctor Jones
    Doctor Jones 7 months ago +3

    Beautifully read by one of my favorite actors, "Viggo Morgensson" - 57:58 58:15 :P

  • Academiclibrary
    Academiclibrary 2 months ago +2

    00:20 Introduction by Shanny Peer, Director of the Maison Française
    05:35 Introduction by Alice Kaplan, Professor of Yale University
    11:50 Reading of 'The Human Crisis' by Viggo Mortensen
    56:50 Discussion with Viggo Mortensen, Alice Kaplan and Souleymane Bachir Diagne
    On April 28, 2016 a reading by Viggo Mortensen of a speech by Albert Camus, and roundtable discussion with Viggo Mortensen, Alice Kaplan and Souleymane Bachir Diagne
    Albert Camus originally delivered this lecture on “La Crise de l’homme” on March 28, 1946, to a very full house at the McMillin Academic Theatre at Columbia University, on his first and only trip to the United States. 70 years later, to celebrate Camus’s visit to New York and Columbia, his lecture will be delivered in a dramatic reading by the actor Viggo Mortensen, in a version newly translated into English by Alice Kaplan.
    The event will be introduced by Shanny Peer and by Alice Kaplan, who will share new research from her forthcoming book, Looking for the Stranger: Albert Camus and the Life of a Literary Classic, to bring alive Camus’ U.S. visit and provide a context for his lecture. After the reading, Bachir Diagne and Alice Kaplan will be joined by Viggo Mortensen for a panel discussion about Albert Camus’ influence, his impressions of the U.S., and his reception in this country as a leading voice of the postwar generation of French intellectuals.

  • Anna miau
    Anna miau 10 months ago +31

    Just got up and yesterday I was looking for some audiobooks (Camus too).
    Now I wake up to VIGGO reading Camus.
    Oh boy, so awesome

    • jeff forsythe
      jeff forsythe 10 months ago

      The book Falun Gong is full of wisdom.

    • 2020
      2020 10 months ago +2

      Not that hard to figure out really. Everything you do on your phone or computer is monitored by internet algorithms.

  • Daniel Day
    Daniel Day 9 months ago +6

    After reading the remarks below, I can add that I too have heard tell of nothing but good things about Viggo. A talented actor who isn't a bonehead...he is a rarity.

  • Thomas Tortorich
    Thomas Tortorich 9 months ago +8

    I have liked the writings of Albert Camus and Jean Paul Sartre. The Plaque and No Exist are my favorite. Yet, both have numerous publications worth reading and understanding. Their writings reflect a different time in history.

  • Lynn Mcquillan
    Lynn Mcquillan 9 months ago +10

    Thanks Viggo. I may not have heard this philosophy by Albert Camus, without having such esteem for you .. so … Thankyou! ☘️

  • Janet Melton
    Janet Melton 10 months ago +2

    Years ago I read Camus “The Stranger.” I just read a synopsis because all I could remember was an oddly flamboyant character. I realize that I must have written off the lesson of the novel because I already innately knew that hope & kindness & love come from within a person. Indifference was Mersault’s true nature. So, listening to this You Tube on Camus …… ought to be interesting. Perhaps I’ll have to read Camus’ other novels.

  • Tina Walker
    Tina Walker 10 months ago +7

    What a gift, so relevant for today, beautifully presented, read and the discussion afterward was excellent. Thank you.

    • TrumpstersAreTurds
      TrumpstersAreTurds 9 months ago +2

      "The freedom not to lie..."
      Boy have we strayed far from this...

    • TrumpstersAreTurds
      TrumpstersAreTurds 9 months ago +1

      ...unburden the world of the terror that reigns today..."
      "Put politics back in secondary place it belongs...."

  • Binder Colman
    Binder Colman 9 months ago +4

    Poignant, and prescient. I wept.🙏

  • Boötes void
    Boötes void 4 months ago +2

    Mortensen never fails to impress me!

  • Trusailie Tazperlinski
    Trusailie Tazperlinski 7 months ago +3

    Thank you from the United States. I needed to hear this. As I am a very European natural born citizen of the United States, and very much what Native American peace talkers refer to as a lady of liberty and a lady of justice. If only and simply, because if I were to tend to my native country as a law enforcement officer, I would be expected, often on the verge of what would be the definition of slavery, to do so in a manner that exposes a life similar to that the French remain prisoner to all too often. Given that the role of law enforcement is power.
    To that, I will say there is much respect to anyone that understands the processes of the mind set that holds all of this powerful human immersion of a person's soul into their societies. At 12 years old when I knew I wanted to live a life protecting Americans given the right to achieve their own pursuit of happiness, I never imagined that I would be 35 years old still a noncommissioned by any government bodies as a speaker amongst others living on the streets all over the country that I wished to tend to.
    I like everyone in America needs to see this. In fact, I often ask many on the streets if they feel as though we should ship the statue of liberty back to France until our nation heals. Not to be angry, bitter, or less than thankful... But to show that we as a nation in healing, are no longer quit able to give love to other countries on such a massive spectrum. All of the borders be closed, less allowances for traveling humanitarian efforts, ect most definitely depict this not only for the United States, but many other countries.

  • Kim Steinke
    Kim Steinke 10 months ago +20

    It's amazing how so much has changed and yet so little has changed in so many ways. And the storms of life is where a man is truly made I guess we choose our sides we choose our roads as Robert Frost would say. Thank you for this reading. 🌈😇

    • Anne O'Boyle
      Anne O'Boyle 9 months ago +3

      "Plus ca, plus ca la meme chose" the French expression, "the more things change, the more they remain the same". Thank you for reminding me of this famous quote. Merci Beaucoup ❤️🗽🗼🇨🇵

  • Hootie Gabriel
    Hootie Gabriel 5 months ago +1

    Wow amazing reading 🙌💗

  • Corpus Callosum
    Corpus Callosum 4 months ago +1

    The good always die young! Probably out of a broken heart in the brutal 20th century with such human conditions! For a great thinker with such lofty words, we can rest assure every word uttered had gone through a hellish soul struggle!

  • Ramiro Farias Moreira
    Ramiro Farias Moreira 5 months ago +2

    It is a pretty thoughtful and wise lecture honoring the 70th year anniversary of Albert Camus`lecture in New York City about " The Human Crisis" given by Viggo Mortensen, a brilliant movie star and intellectual, Greetings from the Brazilian humid rainforest in Manaus,

  • כולנו ביחד
    כולנו ביחד 6 months ago +2

    Whom Can We Trust If No One Is Trustworthy?
    One of my favorite quips from Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is when Tom is defined as “a glittering hero…the pet of the old, the envy of the young,” and there were “some that believed that he would be President, yet, if he escaped hanging.” With these few words, Twain captured the essence of leadership in our world. Those who get to the top are the fiercest, most determined, and most ruthless. Today, the latter quality has become so intense that we can no longer believe our leaders, and certainly not trust them to have our best interest in mind.
    I am not accusing any leader in particular, or even leaders as a whole. It is simply that in an egoistic world, where people vie to topple one another on their way to the top, the one at the top is clearly the one who trampled over and knocked down more people than anyone else. Concisely, to get to the top in an egoistic world you have to be the biggest egoist.
    So how do we know whom to trust? We don’t know and we cannot know. All we know is that we are in the dark.
    In a culture of unhinged selfishness, any conspiracy theory seems reasonable, while truth is nowhere to be found. When every person who says or writes something is trying to promote some hidden agenda, you have no way of knowing who is right, what really happened, or if anything happened at all.
    The only way to get some clarity in the news and goodwill from our leaders is to say “Enough!” to our current system and build something entirely independent. The guiding principle of such a system should be “information only,” no commentary. Commentary means that information has already been skewed. Information means saying only what happened, as much as possible, not why, and not who is to blame and who we should praise.
    Concurrently, we must begin a comprehensive process of self-teaching. We have to know not only what is happening, but why we skew and distort everything. In other words, we have to know about human nature and how it inherently presents matters according to its own subjective view, which caters to one’s own interest. To “clear” ourselves from that deformity, we must learn how to rise above our personal interest and develop an equally favorable attitude toward others. This is our only guarantee that our interpretation of things will be even and correct.
    Once we achieve such an attitude, we will discover that the bad things we see in our world reflect our own, internal wickedness. Our ill-will toward others creates a world where ill-will governs, and so the world is filled with wickedness and cruelty. Therefore, all we need in order to create positive leadership-and to generally eliminate ill-will from the world-is to generate goodwill within us. When we nurture goodwill toward others, we will fill the world with goodwill. As a result, the world will fill with kindness and compassion. By changing ourselves, we will create a world that is opposite from the world we have created through our desires to govern, patronize, and often destroy other people.

  • Carlos Acta
    Carlos Acta 4 months ago +1

    Viggo Mortensen, a phenomenal talent!! Shanny Peer forgot to mention Morgensen played Lalin in Carlito's Way!

  • xyZenTV
    xyZenTV 3 months ago

    With the bombings in Ukraine playing out right now, this speech once again proves itself of ever-increasing value.
    Thank you, Viggo, and thank you Columbia Maison Française.

  • Lin D
    Lin D 4 months ago +1

    All I have read, i think is The Plague...I loved it, so i had to listen/watch this with these Professors and Mr. Viggo Mortensen! Very enjoyable!

  • Gamina Wulfsdottir
    Gamina Wulfsdottir 5 months ago +2

    "No cause justifies the murder of innocents." There is no more profoundly true nor timely a statement than this.

  • Chaturi Edrisinha
    Chaturi Edrisinha 7 months ago +2

    Beautifully done

  • makila7715
    makila7715 10 months ago +4

    Listening to this today...what can be more poignant than the legacy of The Plague. Had more people read it early in the Covid crisis and taken the message to heart in terms of both a pandemic and a persiflage of the Vichy government, humanity might be richer today.

  • Svilena Ninetta
    Svilena Ninetta 10 months ago +15

    I have always loved Vigo . He is common people ..poet ..real man humble man.

    • just dev
      just dev 4 months ago +1

      The common person is an abhorrent person. Be glad he's not common. Most people are absolutely disgusting. They'll ignore a dying animal and not even think about their negligence. Don't sugar coat the nature of the majority!

  • Aaron Fleisher
    Aaron Fleisher 3 months ago

    Fascinating reading and talk, especially in the wake of subsequent events.

  • Debra Smith
    Debra Smith 10 months ago +10

    Thank you for sharing this with us. Bella Caio!

  • Howard Koor
    Howard Koor 10 months ago +34

    Real generosity towards the future lies in giving all to the present.
    Albert Camus, Notebooks 1935-1942

    • Skrizzler
      Skrizzler 3 months ago

      Wow, he was a lot younger than I imagined. Shame he lived only a few years, imagine the other works he could have come up with. Amazing

    • Jogi Interim
      Jogi Interim 4 months ago

      Climate change disagrees.

    • Jan Ryan
      Jan Ryan 10 months ago +1

      Merci

  • vsenderov
    vsenderov 10 months ago +5

    Watching this in 1976 on an Apple ][, still holds true, a timeless piece!

  • scot niver
    scot niver 4 months ago +2

    Thanks for sharing..
    Camus speech idealistic..
    An apology from France how they first capitulated to Germany then joined in the effort. Brilliant..