The Absolutism of Nothing

The Absolutism of Nothing

The Absolutism of Nothing

  Gaze up through and beyond the heavens and your vision will be greeted with this… not greeted by an omnipotent, monumental, bearded being overlooking towards you and saying: ‘alright the jig is up you’ve found me… the meaning of life is…’ as he folds his newspaper up while getting off the cosmic loo. WRONG, what greets your eyes is the vast void of space with islands of matter like stars and stellar debris dotted about as a glaring minority in the metropolis of nothingness. The things you see out there in space are carrying out their duty in obeying the laws

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10 Things that you can learn from Nihilism…

10 Things that you can learn from Nihilism…

Size is important! 1. Firstly that you are really small, the universe is big, other universes (should they exist,) might be even bigger, but you are just a lump of biological matter attached to a spinning lump of rock, orbiting a nondescript star. You are tiny and not that important! After all, there are billions of humans and you’re just one of them, a grain amongst a beach of sand, even more so when you add in all of the rest of the planet’s flora and fauna. Life is a beach, but it’s a really big one and you’re just

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Nietzsche and the abyss – The unity of nothingness.

Nietzsche and the abyss – The unity of nothingness.

“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.” Friedrich Nietzsche Nietzsche was a brilliant philosopher whose intellectual life was crippled by serious amounts of pain and discomfort and a slow descent into madness, the primary cause was a progressive and untreatable brain condition that resulted in his almost complete immobility in later years due to stroke. Nietzsche died two deaths, his mind died in 1899 at the still tender age of 44 after suffering a

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What is the meaning of Life?

What is the meaning of Life?

Philosophers, scientists and thinkers have for thousands of years pondered the big questions of existence, the biggest one of all being ‘what is the point of life?’ More correctly, it’s often expressed as ‘does life have any purpose?’  ‘Is there any meaning to life?,’ and more commonly ‘why are we here?’ All of these commonly asked questions point at the same thing and that is the human need for validation of their existence. Absurdism We’d all naturally like to think that we have a reason for being, even if it isn’t revealed to us and we have to work it

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Relax we’re all going to die…

Relax we’re all going to die…

The biggest curse to befall mankind is the sure and certain knowledge that one day we will all die. This knowing, this understanding can cast a long shadow over a man’s life, making him realise that all of acts, deeds, accomplishments and favours will come to nothing, being eradicated by the relentless march of time. Everyone you know will die, all things that have been achieved by all men in all times eventually come undone.  Nothing lasts forever, empires fade and the world is forever changing, and that is all down to death. The adoption of this mental state is

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Falling in love with the Absurd!

Falling in love with the Absurd!

Hot on the heels of my Article called ‘Happy Nihilism’ first published in the West Wales Chronicle and now on ‘The Standup Philosophers’ site I accidentally found a branch of philosophical thought called ‘Absurdism’. I admit I’d vaguely heard of it before but didn’t pay any attention to it as the whole subject of philosophy is a rather wide church. As it says in the bible ‘In my father’s house there are many mansions’ or something like that, philosophy is no different.  It’s only natural to swim through it’s vast ocean of rational thought and occasionally encounter something you haven’t

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The Trump Card of Modern Nihilism – Entropy

The Trump Card of Modern Nihilism – Entropy

If you’re reading this, audio isn’t supported.   Entropy is as fundamental a law of physics as the fundamental forces of nature, that being: Strong and Weak Nuclear forces, Electromagnetism and Gravity. It is the motive force that drives the arrow of time. Viewing entropy from a different angle I would say that entropy is the interplay between matter and energy, matter cannot be effected and therefore disordered without energy, the real prime mover of motion and change and vice-versa energy needs matter to act upon so its effects can be manifested in reality. This article, as a philosophical commentary,

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The Universe is Nihilist

The Universe is Nihilist

  Introduction One non-theistic school of philosophy which I can think of that discusses in great length life’s relation to the cosmos; the philosophy of nihilism.  Succinctly, a nihilist position on the cosmos would be to say that ‘since the universe does not come with an instruction manual there is no inherent purpose for life to accomplish and reach an end goal. ‘A nihilist sees that value is assigned, meaning is assigned, purpose is assigned by a subject upon an object. That there are no morals or values independent of consciousness because morals and values are abstract categories; products of

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Happy Nihilism

Happy Nihilism

Nihilism just doesn’t have a good rep these days thanks in part to films like ‘The Big Lebowski’ in which the nihilists were portrayed as hedonistic, tribalist, simpletons who professed themselves to be ‘believers in nothing’. The Big Lebowski nihilists were presented as black clad, German accented neo Goths with low IQ’s and high levels of stupidity whose gang leader liked nothing better than floating about on a lounger in a pool close by to a beautiful woman who was willing to have sex with him. They came across as hedonistic, miserable people who wanted instant gratification, being willing to

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