"When you're involved yourself, you can't help feeling directly concerned."



To answer why other countries, such as the US, failed to react swiftly to Nazi atrocities, Ionesco reminds us that when one is not in the midst of conflict, it is easy to be a detached observer. Only through his position in a world of overt absurdity does Berenger (in Act 3) begin to acknowledge the necessity to commit to a life of significance. Berenger's prior apathy toward life did contribute to the overall lack of will that made the epidemic possible. Yet it is this original indifference, combined with his awareness of the absurd universe, which galvanizes his own metamorphosis into a being committed to free will.