Lee Trepanier is a Professor of Political Science at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. He is also editor of the book series, Politics, Literature, and Film, and the academic website, VoegelinView.
As we approach the new academic year, we, like Sisyphus, are condemned to roll the rock up the hill only for it to roll back down. However, this does not have to be a meaningless task – we can escape the absurdity of our condition. We give ourselves meaning by following either the dogmatist, the activist, or the healer.