Just like with many other philosophies/beliefs the label of 'nihilism' carries different meaning to different people. Some view it as a pessimistic world view where nothing matters, but I have a different perspective on nihilism. I view nihilism as the acceptance of our species place in this universe. Once we accept this fact, humanity can start thinking about and improving our ethical codes and appreciation of life.
Many people are fed the idea that they, individually, have a higher purpose. That they will achieve some higher goal. Sure, there are a hand full of people like world leaders who are seen as people of great change but the vast majority of people don't even get their 15 min of fame. At best, most people live long enough to have kids and continue their lineage.
The good thing is, accepting that you have no real purpose means that your not disappointed when that goal is not reached. What sounds more deadly, if you tell someone they can't fly or if you lift them high in the air and tell them they can? Face it, a pessimist is never disappointed and an optimist always is.
Nihilism is the most rational mindset anyone can have, therefore it is the most desirable of all. However, the fact that there is no such thing as "the big other" does not mean that a person is withheld from all responsibility. Society will keep on nurturing certain virtues that are characteristic to honourable people. In fact, a respectable nihilist is someone that is of greater value than most that believe in concepts that are simply irrational (the meaning of existence/the meaning of life), because he is the one which becomes the creator. It is the nihilist that decides to embrace the pain and bitterness. Gods are born only through nihilism. Respectable people, who truly believe that existence has objective meaning are just followers, mere mortals.
Nihilism is a way of disconnecting yourself from the unhealthy attachments to material items that many people have. Is it really better or "less easy" to not cry or get angry if your phone breaks? A nihilist will simply shrug it off and repair/replace their phone. Modern Nihilism isn't the belief that everything is a waste of time or that nothing matters, it's the belief that little things aren't worth eliciting an emotional response over. It's absolutely true that there is no set goal in life. That's a universal truth. The nihilist will be fine with pursuing personal little pleasures and shrugging off those who attempt to impose their views into his/her life.
Being nihilistic is the easy way out, to say "nothing in life matters and any sort of quest or attempt to put value into anything is a waste of time" is just simply destructive. If everything is useless then you can tear down anything you want, because it dosnt mean anything in the end. Also you don't have to burden yourself with any responsibility to build anything back up or to nurture anything. Nihilism is abdicating responsibility at the expense of everyone else including yourself. It creates incentive to dig a bottomless without any plan of how to get out of said pit.
Nihilism destroys the value of individual human life, in that it says that almost no one will ever and therefore shouldn't try to both improve themselves and better society. Hope is what sparks growth; self-determination and the resolve to improve yourself because of your intrinsic value as a human are what defines us as human, as different from animals and children of God. Nihilism removes purpose and also removes the sanctity of life; if no one's lives really matter, no one's decisions or choices do either. Morality is completely voided.
Nihilism , this such philosophy, doesn't balance your mindset. How can everything be meaningfulness? How could your brain ever be challenged? Nihilism is not grounded enough to make in life. Its missing one term BALANCE. Its the important to understand beauty as well as reality. Its a must to always challenged the brain.
Y sort of quest or attempt to put value into anything is a waste of time" is just simply destructive. If everything is useless then you can tear down anything you want, because it dosnt mean anything in the end. Also you don't have to burden yourself with any responsibility to build anything back up or to nurture anything. Nihilism is abdicating responsibility at the expense of everyone else including yourself. It creates incentive to dig a bottomless without any plan of how to get out of said pit.