Thursday, March 09, 2006

nihilism

Based on the point of view I've recently been expressing in some conversations with a friend at work, she suggests I should replace my Buddha quote on the right side-bar of this page with the following dictionary definition:

ni·hil·ism
Pronunciation: 'nI-(h)&-"li-z&m,
Function: noun
Etymology: German Nihilismus, from Latin nihil nothing
1 a : a viewpoint that traditional values and beliefs are unfounded and that existence is senseless and useless b : a doctrine that denies any objective ground of truth and especially of moral truths
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It is an interesting philosopy and from a purely logical point of view it does make sense, but I'm not sure I'd really call myself a nihilst.  Granted, I might sometimes give this impression, but it's mostly just all in good fun. I tend to have a dark, self-deprecating sense of humor at times. For example, yesterday when this same friend was returning an empty coffee pot to me (that had once been full of jelly beans) she said something along the lines of "Hey, I found something of yours that is fragile and empty," (in reference to the coffe pot) and I responded with, "Is it my soul?"  But it was just a joke. Really. 

I just need to get back to remembering the whole "live the present moment wisely and earnestly" thing.   

4 comments:

Mark said...

I don't think you're a nihilist at all. I actually think you're an idealist, because you believe there is something out there to believe in. You just haven't found it yet.

Ask Bono because I think he and/or his U2 bandmates have gone through much the same thing, re:_I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For_

Yeah, I read your blog too!

Big Kahuna said...

I think that your friends (and the other person who left a comment) should just let you be you and stop trying to define you with some label that restricts both your philosophy and "you". Of course, if there is no "self" how can there be a "you"?
I think that Bono should stop looking, by the way.

Mark said...

What?!? Of course he should be labeled. I'd brand him too if I had the time.

Henry rhombus said...

Go, nihilism! Rah, rah, rah! You know it's the only philosophy that makes sense...