Well, Mojo, I don't think we go to nihilism here. I do agree that there is a definite deconstructionism at work, but that probably secondary to an adolescent worldview, or perhaps just boredom.
Nihilists, after all, believe that ALL values are ultimately baseless. This view creates a vacuum which cannot be filled, and is just mindless.
Sartre, who some called nihilistic, asserted existentialism as the answer. Sartre thought that it was destructive for man to base his values on some God, religion, or anything outside himself. He thought that MAN was the ONLY ground of any system of morals.
And the philosopher most often tarred with the "nihilist" brush is Nietzsche, but his "Beyond Good and Evil" is a masterpiece to the individualist and an unnecessary evil to those of convention. This book is a compass that encourages the individual to define oneself and find one's own niche among existence. Man, according to both Nietzsche and Sartre, should be the highest source of values.
It is unfairly pejorative to label those who attack conventional (Judeo/Christian) values as nihilistic. I think that often they are just pointing to where our conventional values have taken us: down the road leading to all sorts of injustice, and placing the world at the brink of destruction.
Looking about the world that conventional values have created, it is hard to argue against the idea that we need some ... well, better foundation for our ethical system.
Despair comes from realizing that what we are doing isn't working. Hope comes from understanding that we can change our ideas and do much better.
^ I bet he's got a cute butt!
whatsa matter U?
It's only life, don't take it so seriously.
(from life of brian, monty pythons movie)
If life seems jolly rotten,
There's something you've forgotten,
And that's to laugh and smile and dance and sing.
When you're feeling in the dumps,
Don't be silly chumps.
Just purse your lips and whistle. That's the thing.
Always look on the bright side of life.
Always look on the right side of life,
For life is quite absurd
And death's the final word.
You must always face the curtain with a bow.
Forget about your sin.
Give the audience a grin.
Enjoy it. It's your last chance, anyhow.
Always look on the bright side of death,
Just before you draw your terminal breath.
Life's a piece of shit,
When you look at it.
Life's a laugh and death's a joke. It's true.
You'll see it's all a show.
Keep 'em laughing as you go.
Just remember that the last laugh is on you.
Always look on the bright side of life.
Morality is the herd-instinct in the individual.
Hi LCD!!! *waves in jiggly ways*
Because all that evil requires to triumph is for good men and women to lie down and do nothing. And you owe me twenty, too.
Set aside some time just for yourself, and do something that you really really enjoy.
Might be a little hard to find snow this time of year though.
We love you, Manchester Girl!
You are important to others Mojo, even if you don't know it. Part of the reason I enjoy B&W, is because I'm fascinated by how other people live and think, you included. People may have similar ideas and thoughts but everyone is unique, even you. But at the same time, its nice when I see that people think like i do.
I thought it was cool that you live in a barn, and were raised in the country side. I would have loved to have had a chance to experience that. I'm a city person. You're luckey, I envy you. You said on a ballot how you love all the old barns. I always think about barns too, as I have a job that takes be all over the country side, And I think to myself 'what a shame that beautiful old barn was left to rot and decay'. Its cool when I see others think about things like I do, even trivial things. Little things like that can cheer me up and put a smile on my face, even if its only for a short moment, its worth it.
So you see, to me you are just as important as the next person. Everyone contributes to the well being of others. even when they don't realize they have.
So cheer up! What's the matter with you, were you raised in a barn?
Because failure to act means resignation ... which tacitly condones situations that should be fought.
Because sometimes, others are helped (often unknown to us or in unseen ways) by our actions ... or by our example.
Because even when we feel overwhelmed or ineffective, others see us persevering. We see ourselves perservering.
We may not win. But if we allow ourselves to stop trying (1), we assure ourselves of not winning.
(1) Permanently -- periodic recuperative breaks are a necessity of life.