A long time ago, I summed up The Outsider in a sentence which I realise is extremely paradoxical: ‘In our society any man who doesn’t cry at his mother’s funeral is liable to be condemned to death.’ I simply meant that the hero of the book is condemned because he doens’t play the game.
The answer is simple: he refused to lie. Lying is not only saying what isn’t true. It is also, in fact especially, saying more than is true and, in the case of human heart, saying more than one feels. We all do it, everyday, to make life simpler.
– Albert Camus, The Outsider