Are you a nihilist?

How far are you willing to take your ideas?

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But for epistemological nihilism, there is no standard, no foundation, no ground upon which one can make knowledge claims, nothing to justify our belief that any particular claim is true. All appeals to objectivity seen from the perspective of epistemological nihilism are illusory. We create the impression of knowledge to hide the fact that there are no facts. For example, as Thomas Kuhn argued in The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (1962), we can certainly develop very complicated and very successful models for describing reality, which we can use to discover a wealth of new ‘facts’, but we can never prove that these correspond to reality itself – they could simply derive from our particular model of reality.

Do our models of reality correspond to reality?

There is no purpose

Why are we not nihilists?

We believed there was TRUTH™ we no longer believe in such an abstraction.

For ages, humanity believed moral edicts had come from the gods, not all of them, but most. We no longer believe so, at least the reasonable ones among us. WLC still believe in DCT and he has many minions supporting him.

For ages, humanity believed there was a grand purpose to life, tied to whatever deity was in vogue, we have realized life is absurd. No purpose. No deity. We live. We shit. We die. and in between we have sex.

Were they who codified our rules of behaviour right when they, for observance, argued they had come from the gods? If not, why haven’t we developed an earth-bound morality.

Our justice systems run on archaic principles.

What is to be done?

Do I fear death?

Those who regularly read this blog are aware that in the past few weeks I have been blogging at atheistenquiry together with a team of some very excellent heathens where we attempt to answer several questions that either are asked directly through the contact us section or as a result of the discussions going on and the above is one such question.

I don’t fear death, why should I since death means cessation of all feeling? If as one of the sages who lived before me said

when I am death is not and when death is am not

and as such, I have no fear of death.

To turn the question on its head, one would ask, do/did you fear being born? I think all of you will most definitely say no for the given fact that you were not aware at that moment and it’s the same with death, you simply will not be aware or even be there to know that you are dead.

Do I fear dying? yes, if it would be painful and especially if it is a long and painful. I, however, would have no problem if I would go to sleep and wake up to find I died peacefully in my sleep.

Do I want to die now or rather do I have a very good reason why I should go on living? I really don’t have a great reason to keep on, except for the experience of being alive, meeting people, reading books and basically the little things I do on a daily basis which on the grand scale of things count to naught. And don’t get me wrong, I am a great optimist. I know that life is inherently meaningless and I also know am going to die so I live with a lot of hope that it will not happen in my sleep tonight. It is in that extent that yours truly is an optimist.

In conclusion, I find these words by Epicurus in his letter to Menoeceus as very appropriate for this post. He writes in part

Foolish, therefore, is the person who says that he fears death, not because it will pain when it comes, but because it pains in the prospect. Whatever causes no annoyance when it is present, causes only a groundless pain in the expectation. Death, therefore, the most awful of evils, is nothing to us, seeing that, when we are, death is not come, and, when death is come, we are not. It is nothing, then, either to the living or to the dead, for with the living it is not and the dead exist no longer.

Friends, therefore, fear not death.