Catastrophes can bring out and highlight the difference between individual self-interest and social responsibility as we have already witnessed in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. ‘Resilience’ has become a psychological theory and field of wellness research focused on the ability to cope or adapt when confronted with adverse life events and committed to the idea that individuals can learn techniques to build resilience. The author emphasizes philosophical models or theories rather than psychological ones although both need to be tempered with history and political economy. In this regard, the work of Albert Camus stands as a monument to human dignity and solidarity in a world that often seems meaningless. The Plague (La Peste) is a novel published by Albert Camus in 1947 that investigates the human condition when a plague epidemic strikes Oran, an Algerian city, set in the 1940s.