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Nihilism, Futurist Traditionalism and Conservationism

Mailbag 03-26-11

26 03 11 - 15:59

We get some interesting mails, and some that are small writing projects:


What do this words written below mean to you as n nihilist?

hedonism
astrology
objectivism
elitism
celibacy
religion
justify


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


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.

thirteen comments

sender
i am satisfied with the reply, any suggestion on further reading of Transcendental Idealism....... sender - 26-03-’11 23:16
TD
I would have a question for Prozak.

As a nihilist, what do you find hopeless and what do you think bears the more hope for the future in our modern world? TD - 27-03-’11 09:50
nihilist
i doubt he is a nihilist,he's just a man trying to create another world which would also be useless to like in,because its filled with racism and its pointless nihilist - 27-03-’11 11:29
Gay for nigger Jesus
Hedonism in and of itself isn't bad, or at least doesn't need to be. It becomes dangerous when it becomes a compulsion. For instance choosing to spend money on porn or weed instead or your kid's dental insurance... Gay for nigger Jesus (Email ) - 27-03-’11 12:54
Depends on your qualities - drink and be merry if ye be stupid
^ regular hedonism is O.K if your of average intelligence.

o.k SEMI regularly if you are of slightly above average

RARELY if you are greatly above average

and totally unacceptable if you are of genius calibre. Depends on your qualities - drink and be merry if ye be stupid - 27-03-’11 15:29
Brian
to the sender: read Schopenhauer. Brian - 28-03-’11 08:23
slightly above average intelligence
Last evening I went cycling for about 40 kilometers like I do every evening. I had brought a sportsdrink to go with my muesli rolls with cheese. At my second break I noticed the sportsdrink's plastic bottle had opened somehow and there was sticky liquid all over the inside of my bag. Luckily my muesli rolls were in a lunchbox so only the lunchbox got sportsdrink all over it. But I'm never bringing a sportsdrink with me again, that's for sure! At least water isn't so damn sticky. slightly above average intelligence - 28-03-’11 10:48
fuckanustocore
http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=2204646797&topic=4846 fuckanustocore - 31-03-’11 03:49
Hermodhr
http://comments.deviantart.com/1/189735114/1784521774

In respect to idealist transcendence, reads similar, scarily, touchingly so. Hermodhr - 01-04-’11 14:13
Dave
"Elitism: having high standards, what any sane person should do -- unless they lack confidence of their own worthwhile participation. Then they should Be Quiet."

That's not what "elitism" means at all. I'm sure you actually know this, but in case you ask: "elitism" is the presumption that a mamber of some socially defined class of people with a high designated status is automatically more worthy of one's company and more skilled at certain things than others. Dave (Email ) - 05-04-’11 13:27
Dave
"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."

So you think that no one ever thinks about whether their action is just *before* they do it? Dave (Email ) - 05-04-’11 13:29
Meow Mix
Wouldn't transcendental idealism be the complete opposite of nihilism? Idealism is a form of correlationism, the view that reality can only be comprehended as a correlate between thought and being, a view shared only by post-modern continental cranks. A real nihilist would be a realist and affirm the possibility of thought not only exceeding its own limitations, but the ability to know a world independent of human thought. Meow Mix - 10-04-’11 00:10
Dumbasses
You guys are stupid. Obviously he bought anus.com because the word was available and then made up the acronym to go along. If he had been more materialistic and bought creditcard.com instead he would be worth hundreds of millions and just bribe websters to change the definition on nihilism so he could tell you to fuck off. Dumbasses (Email ) - 04-07-’12 07:51


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