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What do you think of nihilism?
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What do you think of nihilism?

I like the idea.

05-05-2013 07:16 PM
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What do you think of nihilism?

Yet another in-depth thread.

Hello, traveler.

This is an ancient account I have not used in a long time. My views have changed much in the intervening months and years.

Nonetheless, I refuse to clean it up. Pretending that I've held my current views since the beginning of time is what we in the industry call a lie. Asking people to do so contributes to moralistic self-loathing. "See, those people have nothing damning! I do! I'm truly vile!"

Because you can never be a good person with a single blemish on the moral record, I thought that simply entertaining some thoughts made me irredeemable. Though I don't care for his writing style, William Faulkner presents a good counterexample. He went from being a typical Southern racist to supporting the civil rights movement. These days we'd yell at him for that, probably.

People are allowed to change their views.

Nevertheless, this period of my life has informed some of how I am today. In good ways and bad ways. To purge it would be to do a disservice to history. Perhaps it will not make anyone sympathetic, but it may help someone understand.

If, after reading all this, you still decide to use the post above as evidence that I am evil today, ask yourself if you have never disagreed with the moral code you now follow. In all likelihood you did, at some point. If some questions are verboten, and the answer is "how dare you ask that," don't expect your ideological opponents to ever change their minds.
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What do you think of nihilism?

Hate it! I can't see any *inherent* meaning to life, but there are enough commonalities between most people that we can make imperfect approximations of what would be considered good and evil. Yes, there will be exceptions, but they are few.
05-06-2013 10:43 AM
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What do you think of nihilism?

I don't see an overall meaning of life. We are here to be here. Whether it be creationism, evolution, or something different. People do not have a task that they were placed on earth to accomplish. We are not here to go through school, or get a job, or get money. That is what society wants and thinks. People are free to do what they want with their life, everybody is. The government or militias might not allow them to, but they could still do what they want to.
Being placed on earth just to do so really doesn't seem like a good reason we are here.
Morality is subjective, thus it could be meaningless to one if he chooses it is.

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