unquestioned is life lived in a religious
Reggio, film director
'Call Back Later, God's
Oh, what a challenge
rectifying the enormous evil in the world!
Genocide, mass murder, serial killers, random
shootings, rape, torture, mutilation in our next
door neighbors house and on the other side of the
planet in the dark of the jungle. Christ has answers,
but most of them just lead to more questions and
an ensuing maze of circular reasoning. They say
hope and justice exists in God, lack of it is
lack of God. Satan never one to
be upstaged has answers too; evil's just part of
the process man. But science doesn't have an answer.
It leaves everyone wanting, 'please explain what we see and what
we hear every day'? Where is justice? Why can't we rectify our
artificial notions of order with the worldwide reality we
encounter every day?
We so need the lie drug.
desperation for myth is palpable... send
us a savior to correct our behavior!
Anyone who can live
without the lie drug is a true nihilist. A
nihilist can interface reality with all its
beauty and unpleasant consequences with their
personal sense of the tangible because the two
are the same.
It is the nature of
a broken man to seek answers. Likewise as
anomie ensues, civilization disintegrates, and society fragments
spreading discontent and angst seeks a resolution.
From the prophet to the savior neither stays in
business long during times of wellness. Much like
vultures they prosper during periods of decay. And unto them Jesus said:
"They that be whole
need not a physician, but they that are sick..."
Matthew 9:12; always subversion before conversion.
may be inevitable but what you convert to is not. Anyone living
exposed to the post-modern pop pseudo-culture is diseased; we're
all victims of this pernicious corrosion. Your reality is based
on monstrous lies and disingenuous parables.
Laws are capricious and their
enforcement more so. Such pseudo-justice is merely a convenient
performance intended to dupe the public into believing that law
and order protect them. Realize more than anything else that power,
and its corollary of abuse, make this diseased world go 'round.
The nihilist knows this; they have progressed beyond this myth,
beyond right and wrong. Justice should be fair treatment, but
absent impartial oversight it’s just an exercise in power;
consequently our moral-legal framework is mostly a myth and if
you expect fairness you'll be burned.
You may already
realize this but others don't yet. Soon they
will though because valid ideas don't need
advertising. The world seeks wisdom not the other
way around. The desperate need for publicity is
merely a sign of weakness, of hollow answers and
non sequitur content posing as enlightenment.
Legitimate ideas and solutions generate self-confidence
and that confidence needs no saturating
advertising campaign to persevere and permeate. Only
trash and poison, products of unnatural
consumption need to be hawked endlessly and
pounded like nails into the brains of the
What is a Nihilist?
Often simply defining a nihilist is a challenge in itself
because of the overall complexity of the topic and the disparity of conceptions.
Sergius Stepniak a 19th century
Russian Nihilist expressed the common view of
Nihilists as “deniers of everything, striving after
destruction for destruction's sake.” But
what does this mean in practice? Is it self-destruction and violence
like some kind of stoned, self-immolating entertainer on a
stage? (Hedonist) Or is it a calculating power-seeker who breaks
rules to get what they want? (Machiavellian) Or could it even be
an introspective, sober philosopher that has progressed beyond
the need for petty attachments and has enough sense not to
tamper with things that shouldn’t be messed with? (Buddhist) All
three stereotypes can be argued to fit as definitions of a
nihilist, just take a look at the
But in addition one could also ask: could a nihilist simply be
one that can’t or doesn’t care what anyone else thinks and thus
acts in an anti-social manner? Is a nihilist just an egoist
continually striving to magnify the self? Perhaps not believing
anything means the nihilist is just an opportunist – one thing
today and something else tomorrow? Maybe it’s just so completely
subjective that a nihilist is just self-description and thus
becomes whatever the individual is?
Common elements of the nihilist description:
attachments (i.e. to the pre-existing social order)
Self-description ("I’m a nihilist")
(perhaps because as a type-former they become one)
everything from the critical point of view
practice this leads to conduct described as:
Given that no one can deprive
anyone else the ability to describe themselves as they see fit
(whether the description is accurate or not is another matter),
and also that everyone has different capacities and abilities,
this labeling process yields different results for different
people. Individual capacities vary widely within the human
species, far more so than any other, and this makes social and
biological categorizations difficult. We’ve got individuals that
can design the most complex integrated circuits and
mathematically comprehend the origins of the universe living
next to imbeciles and hopelessly dysfunctional animals. I would
label this effect an evolutionary divergence, but now I digress.
In other words, through the
application of simplistic labels we can see one nihilist
creating great works of art and another nihilist dying of a drug
overdose in a dank alley. Actually, we are all driven by forces
we cannot control and are presented with different opportunities
in life. This doesn’t violate the label nihilist; it just
indicates an intrinsic randomness in life. Nihilism can be seen
as the individual being what they naturally are, about taking
the inner force and through practice and ambition
destroying/creating the self and surroundings, either literally
of us is the accumulation of our thoughts and experiences,
relationships, mistakes, and achievements. Don’t try to be
what you really aren’t, be what you really are; you
don’t have to submit to the tyranny of imposed culture.
Nobody can be reborn, but you can make the most of what
you are right now.
the human mind has a special ability to recall historical events and
persons, we've expanded our function beyond simply survival and
reproduction into a new category: that of being remembered. The ultimate
Nihilist is one who recreates
the world as a reflection of themselves, but from a very
different perspective than tradition dictates because they
operate with strength and confidence in their own capabilities,
without adherence to current superstitions and traditions, or
ambient beliefs and values.
Nihilist is unorthodox, a tradition-violator, driven by the
inner-force, and not attached or tied down by contemporary
superstitions or beliefs.
Stepniak wasn’t really bothered with disparate views
and definitions because his conception of a Nihilist was limited to the range of
his contemporary actors.
Nonetheless, his conclusive definition remains as succinct today
as any. Stepniak’s true
Nihilists of the 19th century
The individual, tired of
oppression, rose in all his pride and power, breaking the
chains of ancient tradition, and recognizing no other guidance
but his individual mind. Such were the true nihilists, the
destroyers, who did not trouble themselves about what was to
be built after them. They did not exactly deny everything, for
they believed firmly, fanatically, in science and in the power
of the individual mind. But they thought nothing else worth
the slightest respect, and they attacked and sneered at
family, religion, art, and social institutions, with all the
more vehemence the higher they were held in the opinion of
Nihilist is only as capable and efficacious as they strive to be,
while of course limited by circumstance and
capacity, for just as Stepniak stated, a Nihilist recognizes
no other guidance but his or her individual mind. In this
dangerous world intelligence and ingenuity are your only true
Most people live in fear of their own death, yet we all
know it will happen eventually. So, why not take control
of the situation instead of simply becoming a victim of
circumstance? Turn it around and say, “I want to die
someday!” Revaluating the obvious grants us a new and
portentous command because it presents the critical
questions here as when and how?
Nihilism as Identity
An awareness of
nihilism as a word to match an idea is more than
superficial convenience, it forms the basis of self-identity.
Furthermore, an awareness of this historically
established concept grants meaning through the
formation of a collective identity. Nihilism doubtless will ever be a
popular movement, it's caustic nature is feared and reviled, but
it's a stage in personal evolution that unequivocally typifies a
free-thinker, the exact archetype that is needed to direct and
mold the remainder by being open to all ideas, even the
unpopular and unorthodox, and by being intelligent and willing
to experiment with new solutions; a new era needs new answers.
Nihilism is the
antidote to the present moral-authority edifice. Nihilists
deconstruct false values, highlight social
absurdities, criticize fractional logic and
challenge faith. They can speak like the Greek
sophists and act like the Russian Nihilists to
put the word 'nihilism' on the tip of every
tongue. Nihilists negate lies and false reasoning
and therefore the people behind them. And those
people are the enemy, the anti-nihilists, the teleologists;
they're obvious by their attachment to faith and false idols
despite reason and evidence to the contrary. They form values
and build models of reality based upon opinion and myth. But when confronted with
anti-nihilist acrimony don't respond in kind, understand the
psychological mechanics involved because they can't damage the
underpinning logic so they attack the messenger. Indeed any
emotional response to a rational argument is a sign of this.
Their eventual introspection leads to difficult questions and
the concomitant anger at being confronted with a new and
uncomfortable situation. This forces the anti-nihilists to
inflate their false-justifications or else drop all pretexts
entirely. Practice, keep your mind sharp and your arguments
cogent; challenge enough times and Nihilism wins – that's how
the game is played.
"And whoever wants to be a creator
in good and evil, must first be an annihilator and break values.
Thus the highest evil belongs to the greatest goodness: but this
– Friedrich Nietzsche, Ecce Homo
All you have to do
is critically examine the rules and resist
control, especially mind control; don't let the
'experts' tell you what to do. Discredit through
reason, rhetoric and evidence. What makes this
wrong and that right? Why is this issue taboo and
why is it wrong to ask that question? Question
the fear and challenge the righteousness. Force them
to substantiate opinion with fact and if they
can't, analyze the implications. The remainder of
turned off and burned-out people that hate
everyone and the world are important even if they
don't know it because the best place to begin a
holistic evaluation is after losing faith in
everything. And I'm saying there's a reason for
this, why you hate everything and everyone.
Certain people are directly responsible for your
disenfranchisement, for giving you a world that
doesn't give a damn about you, and are
the source of your hate. Nihilism isn't about
killing yourself because you've been burned. If
that's all you want, go pretend to be a Satanist
or smash windows and call yourself an anarchist.
Instead it should be about defeating disingenuous leaders, pastors and
politicians who've turned the world into hell
from their lies. Incoherent hate only leads to
violence and futile self-destruction. Coherent
anger leads to positive change and vanquished
enemies. Without coherence you only destroy
To be a confident
and effective Nihilist one needs to especially
gain an awareness of 1) world events and 2)
personal culture and history.
One must gain a sense of what is myth and what has validity, what
is vapor and what is tangible because the
only ones that can last in chaos are the
ones that can see past it able to comprehend time
beyond the present and before your own.
Most critically one
must know the myths in order to understand them and rise
Once you understand these things
you will realize where you come from and where you need to go,
life will start to make sense and have purpose. You don't need
to be rich, you don't even need the most friends and you
certainly don't need popularity to be whole. Being a Nihilist is
not about futility, self-destruction and giving up, although
those feelings are inevitable they are absolutely not the final
product, merely a critical stage.
Remember that as long as you're alive you're
changing the world if by no other means than your
sheer existence. That's the baseline, but
everyone can do better, change things in the
proper direction rather than random futility.
Turn off the TV and radio and instead read and
search the Internet or go to the library. You can visit my own
& Updates page where I try to
deliver a few tidbits of edifying info every day.
Look at what's evil and figure out why it's
considered evil, look at good and figure out why it's good.
beliefs and see what has
factual support and evidence supporting it, and what's
merely opinion. Compare and contrast different cultures and the
values they employ. Find the similarities and study the
differences; explore the various ways groups use to reach
Next, write about what you’ve read,
what you feel and what you think, because you'll remember it and
you'll understand it better. This is what really builds
intelligence in the sense of what the state education system
supposedly wants but never achieves. Move on to new material and
It's usually better
to listen first and speak later, if at all. Listen
to what average people say about themselves and
the world, they're rarely hesitant. Their ideas
are defined by their environment, what they hear
and see is what they believe. Thus what they
espouse is a reflection of what the present order
wants you to be also. Analyze it and mentally
disentangle it. When you get a viewpoint absorb
it then attempt to find the opposite viewpoint
and absorb that too, often the truth lies between
the poles. New and extreme 'avant-garde' ideas are great
because they stretch the limits of the
complacency and possibility and even if they're
irrational and inaccurate they still get me
thinking, wondering why they're in error and
analyzing what validity they do have.
Activating the Nihilism
When people seek meaning they
usually seek it through the promise of salvation delivered from
an external source. Yet this path inevitably leaves them hurt
and disillusioned because existence is built upon survival, and
survival requires self-interest and an internal motivation.
the self-interest of the savior may well contradict your own!
argue that life is more than just survival, perhaps so but if
this is the case only you can create a sustainable, valid
reason for living beyond the inviolate basics. Even just
sticking around to burn it all is a far more sustainable reason
that will put more in your clenched fist than the hazy fog that
most people grasp at for self-justification. Further, identity,
a sense of self-worth and a general reason for living all are
enhanced when you're with others of the same interest because
self-interest is not always mutually exclusive between
individuals but often overlaps quite nicely. The challenge is to
know who to work with and who to work against, who has the same
self-interest as you and who has opposing ones.
on your own you can make a difference with Nihilism in action,
because the revolution starts with you!
Rebel against convenience!
Create a superior alternative.
Ever Deeper ... Cynicism
Francis Ford Coppola once said,
"Cynicism is a very
comforting thing to hide inside at a time of uncertainty."
Nihilists are often viewed as complete cynics but cynicism is
only useful when not simply a shield from critical analysis. A
common error of nihilists is to simply eject most everything at
once and remain at the bottom, but this is ultimately just as
as believing in the original fantasies, it's just switching one
blindness for another. Substantiate your negations and
continually analyze without pretext because you may just find a
certainty; so it's imperative to understand the reason, otherwise
it's purely unguided emotion.
universal hatred for humanity, is a similar
pitfall. Unfocused and baseless hate benefits no one
and remains a serious disservice to nihilism
often blocking earnest acceptance. Reasonable
analysis and sound judgment, rather than the
laziness of universal cynicism and uncritical
rejection, will change the proponent from
repellent to magnetic. The instant-gratification culture
promotes impatient and impulsive behavior, but only through the
enduring experience of patience will the gift of wisdom be
granted. Patience is the opposite of the behavior inculcated
into the public, and wisdom is what our pop-cultural authorities
fear most within the people.
You don't have to do anything
illegal, immoral or unethical, just for the sake of it, to be a
only get one life, one shot because there's no heaven or
afterlife. Accordingly it's wiser to accede to activism than
acquiesce to passivism. Seek focus, answer the unknown using the
known and avoid extraneous entanglements in all your efforts.
Oppose the ambient culture of impulse and foolishness that
defines what's popular and demands conformity just to herd the
sheep. It's banking on maintaining your ignorance, gullibility
and mental mediocrity to prevent scaring the faithful or making
waves with destabilizing notions.
Regardless of who you are or what
background you come from as soon as you are confronted by any
belief or idea-set that opposes debate, refuses questioning and
criticism - that indicates a faith, a religion and it should set
off every warning alarm and red flashing klaxon in your head.
Because religion isn't just repetitive rituals and praying to
some spirit in the sky, religions are fundamentally defined as
any idea-set that disallows a public challenge to its validity,
and that definition extends to include even secular ideologies.
To varying degrees of dogmatic fervor other religions enjoy
privileged status and are presently shielded from criticism. And
despite a contemporary era that prides itself on a postured
attitude of jaded pragmatism, rejecting taboos and unenlightened
views, a multitude of idols and sacred values that demand a closed mind and
emotional attack-response still remain. The enemies of
free minds and free-thought don't stop at the Church's door.
Any authority that mandates a
belief and punishes public challenge of that belief is an enemy,
and as a nihilist and a free-thinking human being any authority
demanding allegiance to a faith or mandated ideology is enough
to get me not just a trifle indignant. Of course that
doesn’t mean that
can’t, or shouldn’t, be compartmentalized and organized
appropriately, just as within the private and personal arena
everyone should be free to say, listen to, and see what they
want and exclude what they don’t.
Hedonism, and 'Using the System'
People confuse this issue a
lot so I'll restate it: what appears to be in one's own
best interest is very often not. But before attacking the
messenger blame your genetic makeup and millions of years of
evolution! And this is the flaw in hedonism as well as some
social nihilists. Think of the fact that 60% of adult Americans
are obese. These people wouldn't even consider themselves
hedonists but they act in much the same way, impulsive, no
self-discipline, most every action is for immediate
gratification. But where does it take them? Do you get richer by
spending on credit or careful savings and investment? Do you get
stronger by slurping down fast food and over salted high fat
snack treats or moderated intake and exercise? Which would you
rather be weak, sick, poor and reactionary or healthy, rich and
resolute? A common hedonist, or a nihilist? I'm not saying don't
use the system and its resources to your advantage, but I am
saying don't be disingenuous about it and there's a huge
difference in practice. Be consistent and organized, because
those profiteer types aren't nihilists, they're not anything
except hypocrites, hopelessly chasing the winds of fashion.
Lenin said it best,
"The only thing
that penetrates the opportunist's mind is what he
sees around him."
The arena of metaphysics and
especially politics is a pitiless battlefield, one of
unparalleled tenacity and aggression. Nihilism is not for the
faint of heart, but for those that understand it and know how to
use it they possess an unsurpassed advantage. Nihilism is unique
in that it has progressed beyond the hurdles of not just
theology but ideology as well. Instead of faith and dogma
defining action and range of imagination, chaining mind and body
to the bottom in the process, nihilists are in a new frontier.
No other group outside of research science actually promotes
skepticism to such a profound extent that it’s strong enough to
question its own positions! And you're damn right people fear
it, Christians and Communists hate it and Anarchists distrust it
so you know it's on to something big; hostile reactions are
typical because Nihilism is like a hydrogen bomb hovering over
the heads of all the faith-driven believers.
So I hope it's
crystal clear what this is about. It's not to be
a contrarian or a rebel although I won't deny that has its
moments; it's because faith and mandated
ideologies are an imminent danger to freedom and
free-minds everywhere. The inherently
disingenuous fear opposing evidence and open
public debate, those who know they're wrong and
will do everything in their power to stop the
questioning 'heretic' and prevent the
nullification of their myths. The only reason to
fear free expression of facts in public is to
protect an edifice of lies anyway.
But this I say
unto you, nihilism will be a fire under their
feet, the more they attempt to stomp it out the
more scorched will be their soles. They will
dance the dance of death as they are consumed
alive by the flames of the blaze they began.