I came across a good Nietzsche and Nihilism series by Academy of Ideas. If it’s too long, here’re the points:
- If you’re not a nihilist, you believe in some version of a true world.
- A true world can either be a) the future of our earthly one (i.e. Marxism), part of us already (i.e. Hinduism) or c) separate from ours (i.e. Christianity).
- To become nihilistic, one first realizes one’s belief may be wrong.
- Nihilism may be taken as a reaction against the shame of realizing one was wrong.
- Nietzsche prophesied a generation before WWI that nihilism will befall man.
- He thus declared the famous “God is dead.”
- His evidence is that whereas before academic thought competed to disprove God’s existence, now it was directed at saving it.
- Many make the erroneous premise suffering is a disease, nihilism makes you suffer so nihilism is a disease.
- The solution is to search within and discover who you are.
- Those who can rebuild their own worldview, active nihilists, become higher beings.
- Those (most) who can’t rebuild their own worldview, passive nihilists, accept their fate and give up.
- Passive nihilists often, out of desperation and inability to invoke their own self, attach to mass movements as a substitute and join the rest of the herd animals.
- Passive nihilists lose the chance to become who they are.
- In becoming who one is, the pain and suffering endured from nihilism isn’t evil but valuable.
- Becoming who you are is a noble goal of life, and nihilism is often a necessary transition.
Nietzsche’s insights are still as relevant as ever. 🙂