20 11 10 - 12:05Brian writes:
What are we to do if we look at history and we see that every great culture depended on religion or some equally powerful illusion?
Here's a nihilist view on religion:
There is one reality, and we can describe it through many methods.
When people start thinking those methods are inherent parts of the universe, and not descriptions of it, we get into trouble.
So if a Christian says "There is one God and his name is Jehovah," a nihilist would say, "If there's a God, we most likely do not know his name, but we can call him Jehovah."
A true nihilist position is also a lack of inherency to anything; we don't know if there is a God or is not a God, nor do we trouble ourselves with this except where it concerns understanding and adapting to reality.
And there things get more complex.
Regarding religion, it seems to me that religious people are happier and suffer less doubt. The soulless modern last men of course don't need or want religion, but then again, they seem biased against survival itself.
I would like to see a nihilist religion: a reverence for life, an openness to dimensions beyond this one, a belief in transcendental patterns and orders, but no dualistic God. No judging, moral, anthrocentric God and his guilt, debt, usury and passive aggression.
Nail that fucker to the cross. The reverence for life? That we can keep ;)