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Much ado about nothing

15/01/2014

The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.  – Neils Bohr

There’s a meaning there but the meaning there doesn’t really mean a thing.Russell Morris

A blogger I follow recently had some unpleasant things to say about nihilism. As it happens I am nothing,  so an attack on nihilism is clearly a personal attack upon me.

She said nihilism has neither sense nor beauty. Of course it doesn’t. It has no sense, beauty, nonsense or ugliness. Nihilism has no values or attributes.

Neti, neti …

I’m a great believer in nihilism – or at least I aspire to be.

If you think something has meaning you have to ask what it could possibly mean other than itself. If you think it has value, value compared to what?

If there is no ‘you’ or ‘not-you’ then who can sit in judgement and what is there to judge?

A true nihilist would accept everything on it’s own terms without trying to relate it to or measure it against something else. Especially not himself. Every experience would be unique and comparable only to itself.

Nihilism is both lack of prejudice and utter skepticism. And like lack of prejudice and skepticism it is self-refuting. The non-prejudiced are prejudiced towards non-prejudice. The skeptics have faith in skepticism. And as Rexie points out, the nihilist can find no meaning in nihilism. This is just a variation of the Gödelian paradox that arises from pretty much anything that can be expressed self-referentially. It signifies nothing. And how everything can be made to fit into it.

Every thing is everything. And visa-versa. There is nothing outside of The All. How could something have meaning or value when everything means everything and is worth all there is? Nothing.

I stand by what I said in an earlier post that perfect anything is perfect truth. Nihilism is just another path to perfection. A very short one if you stick to it.

Yep, there’s a problem with being an extremist. But it’s the being that’s the problem, not the extreme.

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From → confusion, mysticism

One Comment
  1. Rexie permalink

    Ah, there is so much “meaning” in this post. I am not sure how this is going to fit into this meaningless world where everything is meaningless? Lol.

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