26 03 11 - 15:59We get some interesting mails, and some that are small writing projects:
What do this words written below mean to you as n nihilist?
Hedonism: A placing of pleasure as the highest principle. It can take many forms: physical, intellectual, emotional and even moral. It is troublesome because of its a priori reorganization of priorities.
Astrology: Ancient system of finding order in the stars that determines some outcomes here on Earth. Only useful if you're a monist or mystical Platonist.
Objectivism: A tempting philosophical venture, except it makes no sense. We can believe in objective reality, but that in itself is not a philosophical system. The Ayn Rand version is called Social Darwinism, and its root is the idea that humans should respond to objectively measurable quanta in cause/effect form; in any case, Plato and Nietzsche are better guides.
Elitism: having high standards, what any sane person should do -- unless they lack confidence of their own worthwhile participation. Then they should Be Quiet.
Celibacy: Deliberately not having sex. A better option than casual sex; as a blanket indictment of one of life's pleasures, probably not wise.
Religion: Any over-arching truth which requires substantial use of inductive logic. Can be applied to anything from mystical traditions through scientific objectivism.
Justify: to use reversed cause/effect thinking. Normally, we see ourselves as observers between cause and effect; a person who causes an action, then searches for a socially acceptable reason to which to attribute it, so that others will accept it, is justifying her decision.
And then the tasty one:
Transcendental Idealism: the system of thought which states the universe is thought-correlative or thought-derived, but in either case, operates on a level similar to that of thoughts. This places material concerns as secondary to variations in pattern or evolution or order or efficiency. It also places human concerns like aesthetics at a level above difficulty and inconvenience. Finally, it suggests an order on earth where beauty and ugliness (material concerns) are secondary to what they achieve in the invisible order of pattern, which is a ground for magical, beautiful, exceptional and lovely things to happen.