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Psychology had its share of engineers, too—behavioral technologists, like Sarita Flowers, who steered clear of disorderly annoyances like feelings and thoughts and viewed the human condition as a set of bad habits in need of Skinnerian salvation.
It's odd to think that within the walls of concentration camps such as Auschwitz and even in camps such as Treblinka and Sobibor where extermination of human beings was the only official activity, wives of the commandants kept gardens, children of the high-ranking German officers attended classes and competed at sports, musicians played Mozart and Bach and Mahler at dinner parties, wives worried about their figures while their husbands checked for receding hairlines ... all the banal preoccupations which constitute the human condition that we share today.
Because of his 1942 essay, "The Myth of Sisyphus," in which he argued that the human condition was fundamentally absurd, he was often associated with the existential movement.
DeMille, Abel Gance, Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton didn’t need words, the thinking goes, to bring insight into the human condition via this new art form.