What is Nihilism? Short answer from Oxford English Dictionary is a “total rejection of prevailing religious beliefs, moral principles, laws, etc., often from a sense of despair and the belief that life is devoid of meaning.”
Then look up Nietzsche who wrote in his book Will to Power, “ The extremest form of Nihilism would mean that all belief—all assumption of truth—is false: because no real world is at hand.”
What about the Red Sox? Not real. Jesus? Not real. Now how do you feel. Can we afford to lose both?
At this point, I say lighten up Nietzsche. Would he then say that without Nihilism the world will blow up?
I know what religion does for me. It give me strength, hope, meaning, purpose. And then Fred comes along and tells me with a shake of the head, “Your naive.”
“Even if that were true Fred, is it better to be a nihilist?”
Will to Power is one of those books I will read because I think doubt is good. It can be formative. Now what? Any Nihilists out there? Help me claim my naiveté.