Given Camus' association with existentialism, the quote aligns itself quite well with this branch of the philosophy. Like Camus' work The Stranger, the quote alludes to the idea that individuals have only their free will to accompany them in their state of consciousness in the world. The state of being in which human beings find themselves is one for the existentialist where there is only choice. There is no transcendent totality, no absolutism, nothing upon which to guide human actions except for the issue of choice. In this setting, there is only free will. It is here where the quotation is applicable because "life," or humans' place in the world, is determined by the reality of choices. An individual uses their own free will, and nothing else, to determine their state of being in the world. The existentialist sees this as the reality that governs all human beings, all causality in the world. Accordingly, for existentialists like Camus, choice and the ability to determine one's own identity through free will is what determines human consciousness, as "human behavior is based on nothing except free choice."