27th May 2003
Nihilism is an
interesting "thingy" to explore.
Sometime, back I had
few people going hammer and tongs at me (now why would that be surprising) on
the very subject.
some kind of nebulousness is the only
way i know how to describe it
nihilism could be seen to be a consequence
of this kind of immersion in nebulousness,
I am told that
typically the definitions of nihilism are as below.
Some two cents, in
Nihilism is the
belief that all values are baseless and that nothing can be known or
That all values are
baseless, is that not a base?
Secondly in that very
belief, isn't something being conveyed?
That nothing can be
known, is once again, a concept within knowledge.... that nothing can be
communicated, is a communication.
It is often
associated with extreme pessimism and a radical skepticism that condemns
existence. A true nihilist would believe in nothing, have no loyalties, and no
purpose other than, perhaps, an impulse to destroy.
Believe in nothing
and yet believing that there is an entity, which can believe in nothing.
To seek to destroy,
is to first acknowledge the substantivity of what is sought to be destroyed,
philosophers would claim to be nihilists, nihilism is most often associated with
Friedrich Nietzsche who argued that its corrosive effects would eventually
destroy all moral, religious, and metaphysical convictions and precipitate the
greatest crisis in human history. In the 20th century, nihilistic
themes--epistemological failure, value destruction, and cosmic
purposelessness--have preoccupied artists, social critics, and philosophers.
In all these
pre-occupation, the existence of an independent self, an independent entity is
A universal definition of
nihilism could then well be the rejection of that which requires faith for
salvation or actualization and would span to include anything from theology to
A rejection will need
That is why a usual
question, when faced with the barrage of "it's all an illusion", is to
whom is that illusion, .......an illusion?
That cognizer of the
illusion as an illusion, cannot be apart from that illusion.
The Zen dudes,
addressed this issue with their usual finesse.
First the mountains
were mountains, brooks were books.
Then mountains and
brooks were an illusion.
were mountains, brooks were brooks.
faith and similar values are discarded because they've no absolute, objective
substance, they are invalid serving only as yet another exploitable lie never
producing any strategically beneficial outcome.
That which is then
assumed not to be a lie, and thus is supposed to produce a "strategic
benefit", to whom is this benefit, a benefit?
Faith is an
imperative hazard to group and individual because it compels suspension of
reason, critical analysis and common sense. Nietzsche once said that faith means
not wanting to know. Faith is "don't let those pesky facts get in the way
of our political plan or our mystically ordained path to heaven"; faith is
"do what I tell you because I said so". All things that can't be
disproved need faith, utopia needs faith, idealism needs faith, spiritual
salvation needs faith. Fuck faith.
Not wanting to know
is faith and hence screw faith.
The belief, that
there is an entity which can "want" or "not-want", to
know,......... that is not faith?
The second element
nihilism rejects is the belief in final purpose, that the universe is built upon
non-random events and that everything is structured towards an eventual
conclusive revelation. This is called teleology and it's the fatal flaw plaguing
the whole rainbow of false solutions from Marxism to Buddhism and everything in
between. Teleology compels obedience towards the fulfillment of
"destiny" or "progress" or similar such grandiose goals.
Teleology is used by despots and utopian dreamers alike as a coercive motivation
leading only to yet another apocryphal apocalypse; the real way to lead humanity
by the nose - tell them it's all part of the big plan so play along or else! It
may even seem reasonable but there is not now and never has been any evidence
the universe operates teleologically - there is no final purpose.
That is correct.
Purpose, can only
operate on the bedrock of change.
If I am the Alpha,
and I am the Omega.... Simultaneously,
any change, .........is there any purpose?
This is the simple
beauty nihilism has that no other idea-set does. By breaking free from the
tethers of teleology one is empowered in outlook and outcome because for the
first time it's possible to find answers without proceeding from pre-existing
perceptions. We're finally free to find out what's really out there and not just
the partial evidence to support original pretext and faulty notions only making
a hell on earth in the process. So fuck teleology too
free", ...........who is that "we", in that affirmation?
That is why in the
path of negation (nihilism is nothing but that), in the path of "neti,
neti", (not this, not this)....... there is no completion unless the
"negator" is negated.
cannot be achieved, by the negator, thus showing that nihilism is an oxymoron.
So if it cannot be
achieved, but may occur, ..........fuck neti, neti and make it yeti, yeti (This
is It, This is It).
Seems more fun the other way around...