Do you know a nihilist
I am very grateful for all the emails I get. Most people want a donation (please review my mediocre, average, unsuccessful metal band) or want to attack me under the guise of questions (how can you say you know anything when you don't believe in anything?). The latter think their cunning could throw someone above them down from their position, which makes them happy, because deep down they know that they are only mediocre. The former are nothing more than disguised cases for the social welfare office, and deep down they know that the reason they get stuck is because they suck.
However, some questions hit a nerve and show that people have questions about something that has become second nature to me. One such question reached me today: How does a nihilist live? I'll try to answer this question in a kind of conversational tone so that we don't get lost in the intricacies of philosophy, for the pragmatic implications of nihilistic belief are more important than detailed philosophical "evidence".
First, you don't ask others how to live. All the answers are in front of you.
Nihilism is able to distinguish between what is true and what is not. We exist in reality. Some things exist in it, others are nothing but figments of ours. One has to get rid of the latter and focus on the former. If you have problems with that, spend some time in a forest. Buddha meditated under a tree, Jesus had his forest for 40 days, Nietzsche had his mystical trance states and Schopenhauer the long nights in which he was ignored by his family. You have to use boredom as well as the natural conditions to decipher the world around you.
The truth doesn't exist. Truth is our perception of what exists; our assessment of all of this. You will have to find the truth that fits your own life. Notice that I did not tell "my own truth". Individualism is the greatest disservice you can do yourself. You are nothing but the product of those who existed before you in your family tree and the product of the factors that affect your life. You do not exist apart from the world and you cannot escape this state. It wouldn't make any sense either. Pursue the truth as is appropriate for you. When you are insane, your role in the universe is to be the insane bug that others mock and later kill.
Not everyone can do this. In my opinion there is no shame in saying, "Well, I'm not a leader - show me the right way and I'll go it." Even that presupposes an understanding of reality and an acceptance of its basic features. Your destiny will be to follow the orders of others until you find out otherwise. I've accepted that I'll never be a Brad Pitt or an Andres Segovia, but that doesn't really bother me because I'm too busy being who I actually am. For this reason, I have a few basic suggestions here.
Your strongest weapon is your own preference. People can feed you all kinds of shit, but they can't force you to accept certain things unless you need to. For example, if the government decrees that everyone must have an incredibly painful morning enema, you will comply, but even if every other person you know also has an afternoon enema to show their patriotism, you can oppose this behaviorby just not doing it. You will stand out from the crowd. A big thing. It's not that most of these drones are paying any attention to anything.
You are going to have to have a job. Pick something that is harmless. There are a lot of good jobs out there, e.g. at environmental agencies. Apply and get promoted. You won't get the same salary or public respect, but you are a nihilist now and you know that public respect is as volatile as it is worthless. You have to create a life for yourself and not make the same mistakes that make society so repulsive. Affirm the reality. Stop wrecking the environment. Grow your own culture. Reject the modern.
It will become apparent that the people around you are nothing more than tools; that is, they are grateful followers who are infused with the rancid seeds of industrial society and are grateful for this "opportunity". While they would get a bullet in the forehead in a righteous world, this will not happen within the next few decades, so content yourself with this: Be a better human example and leave them behind.
Most of your tool-like colleagues, neighbors, people you meet on the street, etc., are able to converse on topics: conversation and personal situation. They will talk endlessly about the "important" movies and TV shows they watch without realizing that they repeat themselves in a cycle every three years, as well as the weather or their hemorrhoids or other important matters of personal comfort be entertained. You can't talk about ideas. So put your ideas back as a basis on which the smart few people interact with each other.
When you talk to normal people, talk about simple things in life, more precisely current events. You don't have to choose which side to go as long as you have an intelligent opinion. Make it clear to them that you neither watch TV nor are you interested in films. Talk about the good things that you find in life, like something great that someone has done or something that you have seen in nature or of which you have become aware. But don't get pissed off by them. Series like Seinfeld, Friends or Emergency Room are short-lived garbage that is completely unimportant, but these fools waste their lives on it. You can't let them make you do the same.
Ordinary people also have a tendency to hold general views and test others with those views. Things like "Isn't this genocide in Darfur terrible?" are attempts to either get you consent or reveal yourself as a lone wolf. If you give an answer like "I think it's funny" or "We need fewer people," the crowd will start screeching and pounding who HATE lone wolves (the lone wolf has what the crowd never will: integrity , which is why she hates them). The best answer is indifference. "I didn't hear about it" will get you a lecture, but the phrase "I believe politics is nothing but weird and crazy stuff" will leave you utterly confused. They ask you a question about something "important" in their world; Show them that it doesn't matter in your world. You shouldn't even take the matter raised seriously yourself.
NORMAL MAN: DID YOU HEAR BUSH STOLEN THE ELECTION?
NIHILIST: ALSO, THEY STEAL ELECTIONS TODAY. HOW FUNNY. DID YOU KNOW THAT PEPPER IS A GOOD SOURCE OF VITAMIN C?
NORMAL MAN: OH MY GOD! I HAVE HEARD THAT AL-KAIDA PLANS TO ATTACK US!
NIHILIST: YOU KNOW, VAN GOGH REALLY SUCCESSED IN CAPTURING THE ESSENCE OF EXPECTATION IN HIS SURREALISTIC PICTURES. IT MAY BE TIME TO LOOK AT THEM.
NORMAL PEOPLE: GASOLINE HAS BECOME INCREDIBLY EXPENSIVE.
NIHILIST: MONEY EVERYWHERE. I MADE AN EXPLANATORY SCULPTURE OUT OF MY COMPOSITE PILE.
This drives normal people insane because it plays with their basic fear that someone might know something they don't know and therefore not obey the laws of the crowd. If you do this without being aggressive, they will have no justification to fight and no way of dealing with what you said. Let them continue to discuss their "entertaining" television program (entertainment is for people who are unable to find meaning in their own lives; it's like slavery, but it's "fun") while you watch yours Spending time doing more interesting things. Their discomfort will grow as they watch you and it will help destroy them.
Be careful with your money. A couple of idiots will be wandering around the office raising money for a colleague's birthday, helping kids in Sudan, or whatever- brush them off. "No thanks" is all you have to say, and if they start asking you questions, they're on the wrong track and nonsensical answers are in order. "I'm saving for a nuclear submarine" or "The prices of ice and motor oil have just gone up" are reasonable answers. If you feel like you're talking to kindergarten teachers, well, they are kindergarten teachers. These people are spiritually immature and should be treated accordingly.
When you shop, don't buy junk. You will be tempted to do it and who is not? But you have to recognize what junk is and avoid it. You may have to pay $ 2 more for the metal version of an everyday item than the plastic one, but if you do, you won't need a new one for thirty years. Idiots are afraid of people who have this kind of wisdom, because idiots are revealed as this and it turns out that they are unable to make such decisions. Don't spend your money on idiotic entertainment media, fancy cars, or houses in a trendy part of town. Pick a nice place and live independently. You won't need any of this junk (if you're a nihilist).
Ultimately, don't accept their view of reality. They will babble about "progress" and other inventions of human imagination, but when you realize that these ideas are basically nothing more than microwave pangs of the mind, you can bypass them and focus on other things. After two years you learned a foreign language and an instrument while still sitting in front of the television; however, now they will start to admire you. Then you have to profit from their stupidity and use the money for a meaningful purpose, for example to buy up the rest of the woodland or to have the works of Pentti Linkola translated into English. Nihilists bypass the illusion and work on reality which makes them stronger while the herd stops. Most importantly, they laugh while doing this. And who wouldn't?
(May 21, 2007)
Our gratitude to Fenris for this translation.
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