And, after boasting this way of my tolerance, I come to the admission that it has a limit. Conduct may be founded on the hard rock or the wet marshes, but after a certain point I don’t care what it’s founded on. When I came back from the East last autumn I felt that I wanted the world to be in uniform and at a sort of moral attention forever; I wanted no more riotous excursions with privileged glimpses into the human heart.
Or its parent, and the parent of other things, enclosed in that.
Nihilism is the removal of false logic based on the human perspective. Like heavy metal, it's an attempt to see the heavy in life -- the invisible threads of experience, need and wisdom that unite those who are awake.
Nihilism should be seen as a form of idealism, a rejection of the phenomenological and existential, as well as the dualistic heaven/earth scenario that creates an absolutist good/evil. Nihilism is looking at what connects the many parts of life, at once, instead of limiting ourselves to a human or machine perspective.
It is not for beginners. To learn nihilism, start living as a nihilist: throw out all but what is true outside the world of human individuals. Then, rebuild based on what is not only true, in a non-linear sense, but what is beautiful, in an epic and timeless sense.
Nihilism is Romanticism.
Nihilism is derived from a Liberal impulse, "do what is right not what is profitable," but uses the methods that have been true in every age. It is more conservationism than conservatism. It is anti-liberal, and demands that both capitalism and socialism be tempered by an abstract goal.
It is not concerned with inequality, but sees it as necessary.
It is anti-pluralistic.
It is warrior Zen; it is personal fascism; it is Eckhartian transcendental love.
If you want to know where nihilism was born in the West, look to the plains of Kurukshetra. Therein is its genesis, and its greatest step, or perhaps in the unheard laments of others. It is the sound of the universe, moving on from what was less-evolved to what is more evolved, from what was less complex (and less self-referential; less compact) to what is more of each of those attributes.
It is not anti-Semitic, but it refutes all variants of Jewish thought except transcendental Kahanism, and prefers the ancient Greek and Hindu thought from which Jewish thought is wholly derived.
It celebrates the ideas of Baruch Spinoza, Malcolm X, Eldrige Cleaver, Ted Kaczynski, F.W. Nietzsche, Arthur Schopenhauer, Vladimir Putin, Plato, Aristotle, Emerson, Pentti Linkola and Satan.
It refutes the ideas of Jesus Christ, but not God, if God is an abstract container for "all that is which in pattern form invisible enacts itself upon itself to create the external world that if not physical joins in the nexus of materiality."
It does not refute Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin, Benito Mussolini or Robert Mugabe. It does not comment on them, as it is not necessary.
It rejects mall culture but embraces inequality through struggle, including economics.
It does not refute natural selection, or any forms of eugenics compatible with it.
It desires constant warfare for the moral attention of humankind.
Nihilism is nothing, like the order of the universe itself. You cannot touch it, you cannot own it, you cannot make it your own. Sometimes, you can channel it, and you will find your thoughts have greater clarity and your actions are not only more effective but achieve results of greater beauty.
And that, in the end, is nihilism: using primal science to escape linearity arising from our entrenchment in the human time-denying (but not timeless) perspective, and to unite the threads of interconnected reality into an organic order.
Good luck, for all who understand this paragraph are initiates, and like trees, are warriors in the struggle for the evolution of the universe.