You know, as much as I try to find something to like about Antoine - I just can't. He annoys me more and more.
He seems to be complaining about life being so cruel and useless - of course his life is cruel and useless, he chose to completely give up on it! Did he expect that by not living life he would somehow find a greater meaning to life? That's just nonsensical and absurd.
I think the point I am trying to make is, even if we don't have the answer to the big question , we should live life to the fullest making the world better for ourselves and others as long as we are here. We really don't need a reward for doing so, it should be rewarding in itself.
I totally agree, Gemini.
Life is full of it's own rewards, every single day. Your reward for working hard with your kids is get an "I love you, mum" and to see their beautiful faces everyday. Your reward for working hard at your job is to get that big smile from your boss or to be thanked by an appreciative stranger. Your reward for doing charitable things is the knowledge that someone somewhere is now better off than they were yesterday.
All these things are what make life worthwhile. And all of those things can be your "justification for having lived", so long as you choose to appreciate them rather than ignore them.
At this point in time I'm honestly not sure if there's a Messiah to follow or look for. But I think that if there is, he/she/it would be most pleased with us taking advantage of every opportunity we have for good - living the lives that have been given us to the fullest and doing everything we can to make our world a happier place.
Perhaps Antoine begins to realise that when he starts to take care of Mirielle... but I'm not sure... even doing that, he seems to be more concerned about his own feelings than hers. She's just another one of his personal experiments.
So basically, no, I do not agree with Antoine. He's projecting his own useless fellings out onto all of humankind and I think he's wrong.