If I obstinately refuse all the ‘later on’s’ of this world, it is because I have no desire to give up my present wealth. I do not want to believe that death is a gateway to another life. For me, it is a closed door…Everything people suggest seeks to deliver man from the weight of his own life. But as I watch the great birds flying heavily through the sky of Djemila, it is precisely a certain weight of life that I ask for and obtain.
Albert Camus – “The Wind at Djemila,”
Lyrical and Critical Essays