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  1. Aug 2016
    1. My mind,” he said, “rebels at stagnation. Giveme problems, give me work, give me the most ab-struse cryptogram or the most intricate analysis,and I am in my own proper atmosphere. I candispense then with artificial stimulants. But I abhorthe dull routine of existence. I crave for mentalexaltation. That is why I have chosen my own par-ticular profession,—or rather created it, for I amthe only one in the world.”

      This selection of texts raises multiple questions when we read it. The heaviest question that we see at the surface, seems to be "what validates our existence?" For Sherlock Holmes it seems to be the idea of busy work, or at least work that distracts you from the paralyzing monotony of our everyday lives. There is a quote from a twentieth century French philosopher Albert Camus who states something to the effect of: “the struggle itself towards the height is enough to fill a man’s heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy." What does this mean? Simply, Camus argues it is imperative to our survival and our happiness that we are constantly at battle with something in our lives. Sherlock Holmes, who finds his everyday life to be too simplistic and monotonous for survival, seeks out means to stimulate his expansive and industrious consciousness from drowning in his own boredom and eternal cosmic impermanence as a means of validating his own existence. The very reason that Holmes takes cases that are overly puzzling and excessively complex is because it validates his existence and sedates his mind like narcotics in a bee hive, which is exactly what Camus states is essential to human survival. Sisyphus