A Conversation for Nihilism
The positive end of it
A Touch of Grey Started conversation Jan 29, 2003
Personally, I don't believe that it is possible for a person of sound mind to be truly nihilist. The total lack of presence of belief also leads to a lack of morals, enjoyment, and fulfillment. A healthy person does not simply choose this path; that extreme end would have to be a sign of mental illness and would quickly lead to suicide. A person who supposedly believes in nothing but kills for money would actually have to believe two things: He doesn't mind killing, and he enjoys getting money. That is why I believe that this is a state of mind that can never fully exist in its truest form, except perhaps for the moments before suicide is committed.
That being said, on the lighter side, I believe that a little bit of distance from beliefs can have a positive impact on one's life. When I was younger, I was your typical rebellious teen with a lot of opinions about things I knew nothing about, but I was unhappy. I now still have a few beliefs that I hold dear, but I feel no desire to crusade for them. This may sound somewhat depressing, but it allows me to live my life and simply be happy. I recently lost a friend of nearly 10 years because he puts his ideals above his loyalty to his friends, and there is one that I no longer live up to. We would still be best friends were it not for a difference of opinion, and this kind of self righteous intolerance can cause a person and the people around him to become unhappy.
My belief is that our opinions are fallible, and there are few if any moral absolutes. What matters is keeping yourself and others happy. This is why I am very tolerant of people; one may say I lack convictions, but I would ask why I need them when all they do(some of them anyway) is make a person's life less enjoyable.
The positive end of it
Pedantic Programmer Posted Feb 28, 2007
Morals fail at what they set out to achieve; you will often find a situation that the moral won't help you to sort out. What matters is achieving your aim in life.
Sure, you may have some general rules, which you may call morals, but they shouldn't have priority above your aim in life - if this is the case, they are nothing but an obstruction.
I, therefore, have no ridgid morals, but I would tend to react in certain ways to certain situations due to past experience.
I would tend not to fall out with someone over their beliefs if I didn't like them - instead, I'd try debating with them in a non-competitive, pen minded manor to see who is right.
Much of the time, people have morals because they think that not having any would make them immoral.
'Some say that I have no morals, and yet I am a very moral person' - Lady Farthingdale (I hope I have the name right, here) from Sharpe's Enemy.
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