EMBRACING THE ABSURD

Hats & Horses Menorca

“There is no love of life without despair about life”

– Albert Camus

Albert Camus, Nobel prize winner and son of Menorquin immigrants, developed in his many writings and plays, the idea of the Absurd: a concept defined as the disharmony between our pursuit of meaning in life in an essentially meaningless and indifferent universe.

While it may seem like a dreary outlook on the human condition, Camus believed that as a result of this unavoidable situation, the only proper response was to fully embrace it, courageously and unflinchingly, and to enjoy our meaningless lives to the fullest.

The 4th edition of Hats & Horses would no doubt have made Camus proud. The yearly event held in Menorca, (birthplace of his grandmother) where the Mediterranean Sea, sun and salty air converge, and homage of sorts, to Ascot but with a Spanish twist, was a respite from the complexities of life.

Ari Vilalta, founder of Hats & Horses created the event as a celebration of Menorca’s deep-seeded horse tradition, an invitation to discover the local gastronomy, a promotion of commerce and an excuse to dress up and flaunt some extravagant hats.

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