Why Nihilism?

Nihilism is considered evil, extreme, something so bad that many refuse to use the word to describe themselves even when the label would be apt. Others use the term to try and silence enemies.

Yet I consider myself a Nihilist and Im not crazy or attention seeking, Im just trying to label my feelings and ideas as accurately as possible. I look around and I dont see beliefs or political parties that I can believe in, not even one I could feign allegiance to. This world offers me nothing to hope in, a society where cowards and failures are called heroes and made into role models, where war is called peace and death is called life. I hate what I see and despise those responsible for it. Immigrants to America have been told the streets are paved in gold but all I see are potholes and weeds growing in the ever-expanding cracks. Were given garbage and told we can build skyscrapers with it. Im sick of the lies, the foolish fantasies, and all the reeking fumes that support our pseudo-pop-culture built on vapid values.

How does it make you feel?

So many problems and issues have become so complicated and convoluted yet were socially compelled to keep trying the same things, to keep banging our heads against brick walls and each other to find a happy and acceptable solution; why? Who says I have to buy into this? Who says I have to buy into religion, traditional beliefs, and standard ideologies? Why am I being compelled to die for my country right or wrong? Why is our society placing so much effort into stopping drug abuse and suicide even as the rates of both continue to climb?

Maybe instead of treating the symptoms we should target the source the utter lack of substance behind contemporary values. People kill themselves because they're driven by lies, people drug themselves to escape a living hell and find a dying peace. Why not just blow it all to hell and at least create a chance of starting over?

We are continually told we live in a democracy, yet we vote and nothing changes, we protest and our so-called representatives refuse to listen. What we do get is more talk, less action, more conflict and fewer useful results. But solutions never come from endless dialogue; they come from movement and change. Its delusional to think that every situation has a resolution achievable through construction, that every wound can be healed with a bandage. Its that stereotypical cockeyed optimism which deems every problem rectifiable through a smile and a nod. Destruction is often desirable, even the optimal solution, yet in our ambient culture it is always addressed as the last option, why?

Nietzsche once wrote, "All good things were formerly bad things. So maybe we should rethink what weve been told. I think I like every force that humanity cant conquer or avoid, and every natural force that destroys to live and forces the living to fight or die while creating a reason for life.

Now is the time to break what can be broken, to revaluate everything, and discover a totally new way of living. Now is the time for Nihilism.

Nihilism Defined

Nihilism is a view composed of skepticism coupled with reduction. 'Political' Nihilism is active, not passive, and can be summarized as when conditions in the social organization are so unhealthy as to make destruction desirable for its own sake independent of any constructive program or possibility. In his 1861 novel Fathers And Sons, author Ivan Turgenev accurately defined this worldview, "A nihilist is a person who does not bow down to any authority, who does not accept any principle on faith, however much that principle may be revered."

A common but inaccurate description of nihilism is a "belief in nothing", a misleading phrase that defines the nihilist as one merely trading one belief for another. Instead we should substitute faith for belief where 'faith' is defined as the firm belief in something for which there is no proof, and therefore the nihilist is actually characterized by the absence of faith. A universal definition of nihilism could then well be the rejection of that which requires faith for salvation or actualization and would span to include anything from theology to secular ideology.

Within nihilism faith and similar values are discarded because they've no verifiable, objective substance, they are invalid serving only as yet another exploitable lie never producing any strategically beneficial outcome. Faith is an imperative hazard to group and individual because it compels suspension of reason, critical analysis and common sense. Nietzsche once said that faith means not wanting to know. Faith is "don't let those pesky facts get in the way of our political plan or our mystically ordained path to heaven"; faith is "do what I tell you because I said so". All things that can't be disproved need faith, utopia needs faith, idealism needs faith, spiritual salvation needs faith; reject faith.

The second element Nihilism rejects is the belief in final purpose, that the universe is built upon non-random events and that everything is structured towards an eventual conclusive revelation. This is called teleology and it's the fatal flaw plaguing the whole rainbow of false solutions from Marxism to Buddhism and everything in between. Teleology compels obedience towards the fulfillment of "destiny" or "progress" or similar such grandiose goals. Teleology is used by despots and utopian dreamers alike as a coercive motivation leading only to yet another apocryphal apocalypse; the real way to lead humanity by the nose - tell them it's all part of the big plan so play along or else! It may even seem reasonable but there is not now and never has been any evidence the universe operates in a teleological way - there is no final purpose. The universe does not operate according to human values! This is the beautiful simplicity of nihilism that no other idea-set has. By breaking free from the tethers of teleology one is empowered in outlook and outcome because for the first time it's possible to find answers without proceeding from pre-existing perceptions. We're finally free to find out what's really out there and not just the partial evidence to support original pretext and faulty notions only making a hell on earth in the process; reject teleology.

Active or Passive?

The randomness of nature is a powerful asset because it negates the credibility of teleology, that purposeful predestination that undermines self-determination. So you have the option to passively accept the socio-historically established concoction of false absolutes, 'truth' and moral laws that can be nothing but myth, or you can accept real for what it is and assume the healthier role of active participant constantly defining existence through perception and intelligence. In this way defining existence is predicated upon life, and a conscious awareness of sensory input combined with a critical interpretation of what that input means. And the more highly developed the consciousness, the greater the intelligence and the more effective and functional existence becomes.

Passivity is a myth. We are all intricately enmeshed within a dynamic system that doesn't just demand but compels active decision-making.


Often what appears to be the extreme message is actually just tomorrow's story today. One can ignore it and panic when it eventually arrives, or learn from it and be ahead of your time prescient, prepared, and devoid of fear and panic. We live in a dynamic era where traditional values have been warped by authorities to serve unjust ends contrary to public well-being. It's an era of contradiction that often necessitates counterintuitive conduct, where sanity is nihilism and patriotism is sedition. The recourse for survival within this context of the erosion of traditional meaning is Nihilism.

Nihilism is the organic, reasoned response to artificial chaos, the intentional chaos manufactured by government, religion and mass-media.

A plan is secondary to the ideas because the artificial structures around us, the outcome, is a product of the collective vision and once concepts are implemented details sort themselves out afterwards. The new will grow on the ash heaps of the old. Remember: today you have the luxury of making a decision no one else can make for you; choose carefully which side to be on.

"The beginning of a revolution is in reality the end of a belief."
- Gustave Le Bon

Death to God

Death to Government

Death to Philosophy

Death to Ideology

Death to Debt

Death to Morality

Beyond right and left, beyond right and wrong,
this is Nihilism

2013 The CounterOrder by Freydis