Saturday, October 13, 2018

Why do people hate existential nihilism?


Nihilism (/ˈnaɪ.ᵻlɪzəm/ or /ˈniː.ᵻlɪzəm/; from the Latin nihil, nothing) is a philosophical doctrine that suggests the lack of belief in one or more reputedly meaningful aspects of life. Most commonly, nihilism is presented in the form of existential nihilism, which argues that life is without objective meaning, purpose, or intrinsic value. Moral nihilists assert that there is no inherent morality, and that accepted moral values are abstractly contrived. Nihilism may also take epistemological, ontological, or metaphysical forms, meaning respectively that, in some aspect, knowledge is not possible, or reality does not actually exist. - Wikipedia

This month, I am so busy with my office work that I have no time for anything else. Only 4 yoga practice so far. I have to go on the mat more often. I am energized and motivated to do yoga next week. No excuses.

For entire week I did not write any new post on this blog. I simply got fed up for reporting what I do and what I think. Who cares what I am writing about here.

I am not a pessimist, I am not an optimist, I am a realist. My life philosophy is very close to Existential Nihilism. My post revolve around awakening and Existential Nihilism explains a lot. It's a philosophy that strips away of all delusions and leaves nothing behind but the bare naked truth that life is basically... meaningless.

People hate the nihilism because its terrifying to them.

They want to hold on to hope and they believe deep down that life has a meaning and a purpose. That's why they turn out toward religion which somehow makes everything easy.

There is God and he has created everything and he cannot be questioned. Nice. People are barely conscious, they are practically living their life in a state similar to walking dream.

To awaken means to realize one's nothingness, that is to realize one's complete and absolute mechanicalness and one's complete and absolute helplessness. And it is not sufficient to realize it philosophically in words. It is necessary to realize it in clean, simple, and concrete facts, in one's own life. - Gurdjieff 

Is it extremely melancholy to realize that nothing has any intrinsic meaning, that life is essentially meaningless? I think it is, and it is dangerous. It takes courage to live life understanding that no matter what you might accomplish, all will disappear like smoke in the air; that no matter what service you might attempt to perform, it's all useless. Not only that, but the very fact that everything is insignificant and nothing has any intrinsic meaning doesn't mean anything either.

The power the false beliefs, wishful thinking and other delusions hold over people is staggering, yet, it is necessary to help them function in the world. The world is supported by the "sleep" and the nature does not want them to "wake up".

Do you think “wake up” are two superfluous words? 

Obviously you're reading this, you're “not asleep.”  And that is, in fact, how dictionaries define “awake.” But my usage is far more subtle.

Man is asleep but doesn't know it. So deep is his hypnotic slumber that he does his daily walking and talking, his legislating and marrying in a state of unconsciousness. Actually, the acts are the mechanical acts of hypnotized people... - Gurdjieff 

Each of you undertake a journey to awakening in one or another way. You draw unique experiences into your life in order to learn only one thing - that you were wrong about it. This is what an experience really means. You gain knowledge about falseness of everything.

You must question your beliefs. Of these the idea that you are the body with the consciousness is the worst. With the body comes the world, with the world - God, who is supposed to have created the world and thus it starts - fears, religions, bondage, spirituality, practice, sacrifices, all sorts of systems - all to protect and support "you", frightened out of your wits by monsters of your own making.

I am not here to make things right for you. You have to realize that for yourself.


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