The nihilist elite

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To commit to nihilism requires unusual intelligence, courage, and grit. Eternalism is for the stupid, the weak, and the lazy. Nihilists know this, and so consider themselves an elite class. Membership in that elite is a major attraction for some would-be nihilists.

Unfortunately, nihilism is also stupid, weak, and lazy.

And, the class pretensions of nihilists are ugly, self-deluding, and sometimes dangerous. Nihilism tends toward fascism: “we are the only ones smart enough and tough enough to face the truth, so we should rule.”

Nihilist elitism depends on the implicit belief that recognizing the meaninglessness of everything is meaningful. That’s self-contradictory.


This page is in the section Nihilism,
      which is in Meaning and meaninglessness,
      which is in Doing meaning better.

The next page in this section is ⚒ Nihilism is hard.

The previous page is ⚒ Cold comfort: the false promise of nihilism.

This page’s topic is Nihilism.

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