Camus approaches the definition when he struggles to claim that the meaning
of life can continue despite God, that it consists of other people.
Sartre parries this: his definition of hell is the constant company of people---
a situation where the quarantine of the plague is made infinite and the
hope of escaping from the situation is forfeited.
In such circumstances,
let us see how far human compassion goes.
Indeed where does it go without
the perverse pleasures of marked time,
gratification in one's own heroism
against the mutual adversary of disease?
Brotherhood is indeed an artificially
induced strain of plague.
It is, in fact, the last and most extreme stage of hysteria. Cats copulate
and men make peace with their fellow men as well as their Creator.
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