Information is Beautiful

The Myth of Sisyphus is a philosophical essay by Albert Camus. In it, Camus introduces his philosophy of the absurd: man’s futile search for meaning, unity and clarity in the face of an unintelligible world devoid of God and eternal truths or values. Does the realization of the absurd require suicide? Camus answers: “No. It requires revolt.” He then outlines several approaches to the absurd life. The final chapter compares the absurdity of man’s life with the situation of Sisyphus, a figure of Greek mythology who was condemned to repeat forever the same meaningless task of pushing a boulder up a mountain, only to see it roll down again. The essay concludes, “The struggle itself…is enough to fill a man’s heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy.”

The Myth of Sisyphus from Wikipedia.

I’ve just bumped into a very creative contest which was organized by Guardian‘s Datablog and The Information is Beautiful Awards. Participants attempted to visualize aspects of the crisis in euro zone. I particularly observed in some of the projects the economic size and aesthetic influence of Greece. There were two main categories. The first was Design (for professional graphic designers).

Ready… Debt… Go! by Wayne Do Rego & Alex Seaton

The second one was Napkin (for amateurs). Anita Dembinsky used the myth of Sisyphus to show the possible vanity of the current solutions.

Is the Eurozone living the Sisyphus Myth? by Anita Dembinsky

Visit this page to see more of the entries and have an idea about how much better we could understand the economics of the crisis through such creative graphs.

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