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The Modern Nihilist
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3/5/2013 2:52:22 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
*Disclaimer: If you don't think this applies to you, then it doesn't. I'm just making casual generalizations about the way many nihilists in modern times seem to behave.
I think they have it easy in life - at least in the 21st century. They can get away with just about everything. They don't have to believe in anything, because they strongly believe that everything's meaningless ... they can be lazy, because they can easily claim that they're more cynical than they really are. They don't need education because again, they're not going to have to think about any values. They still feel entitled to not only life, but special treatment in general. Now, in the past, the big trade-off was that their lives were so bleak, meaningless, and full of despair. However, the modern nihilist, exploiting the bloody work of her existentialist predecessors, can cry "personal meaning" at the slightest hint of purpose or happiness in life. In addition, the rise of pointless death and YouTube atheists obviates their domestic obligations.
So, having everything taken care for her, the modern western nihilist can be as flippant and depressing as she wishes.
"Some will sell their dreams for small desires
Or lose the race to rats
Get caught in ticking traps
And start to dream of somewhere
To relax their restless flight
Somewhere out of a memory of lighted streets on quiet nights..."