The Diary Of An Active Nihilist

1410 words - 6 pages

The date was May 21st, that was the day that I had a philosophical epiphany. I had come to the realization that I was a Nihilist. What’s even more ironic is that two days prior to this realization my ignorance of this very philosophy was abundant to say the least. It all started with a thread I created on a Philosophy forum titled the Nihilist Paradox. The gist of my thread was that if Nihilists believe in nothing then is it not contradictory that they uphold Nihilism? A friend of mine from the forums was quick to point out that this was a common misconception that people held about Nihilism which consequently would become a stereotype ascribed to all Nihilists. He stated that Nihilists ...view middle of the document...

To put it succinctly, I had come to find that Nihilism in actuality was the exalting of individual freedom to the highest level. It was the power of free will completely uninhibited by God or the institutions of man. Every choice and thus every consequence fell upon the shoulders of the individual alone. Nihilism then is the greatest liberation a person could feel, or the worst prison one could be confined to depending on their vantage point.
I found myself in limbo between the two sentiments. Then I read about Nietzsche in The Rebel: An Essay On Man In Revolt which was written by Albert Camus and my mind was emotionally and intellectually gripped. Reading Camus’ depiction of the vigor Nietzsche seemed to exude as he pushed his skepticism beyond the boundaries of the Earth and perhaps even human sanity itself left me in turmoil. Nietzsche had created a desert. He had killed God and subsequently his design. All that resided in this desert was the individual and their freedom. What sprung from this freedom were both truths and moral values as decided by the individual whose sum would ultimately lead to the individual taking the place of God itself. Nietzsche’s vision of such an individual would be personified in one of his most famous works Thus Spake Zarathustra as an entity known as the Ubermensch.
I lied awake that night as the words of Camus and Nietzsche reverberated throughout my being. Until my encounter with Nihilist thought the furthest I had pushed my skepticism was the refutation of God. I had been an Atheist for many years so I had already exiled God from my being. The question then became was I willing to take my skepticism to the extreme and reject all human constructs? Was I willing to join Nietzsche in the desert and start my being over from scratch? Or would I be a passive Nihilist and attach myself like a leech to some movement or institution adopting their causes and values as my own so as not to confront the world with a mind naked of ideology and vulnerable? The quandary swam through my head violently and ceaselessly throughout the night to the point where I awoke by falling to the floor. The very conflict that was causing me mental anguish had now physicalized itself. The conflict continued to plague me throughout the day when I decided that I would take a walk and clear my head so as to be able to come to a resolution on the issue.
As I walked my brain was playing ping pong with my present conflict and both the active and passive approach to Nihilism seemed to possess great acumen when it came to wielding the paddle.
“Abandon all human constructs are you crazy?” Part of me inquired incredulously. “What about your Libertarian beliefs? What about your assertions of limited government and the decriminalization of marijuana? Are you really going to be a hypocrite and abandon those ideals?”
The other part of me was just as aggressive in its sales pitch....

Find Another Essay On The Diary of an Active Nihilist

Fordist Characteristics of an Active Mill

1094 words - 4 pages -production process. It was a factory filled with union bureaucracy, repetitive tasks, and a production line as well as having clearly defined primary and subordinate workers. As a laborer, I experienced a Fordist operation and environment first hand. This essay outlines the Fordist characteristics of an active mill in northern British Columbia as well as highlighting some of the ins and outs of my experience as a ‘lemming’. From the first day

Diary Entry of an Australian WWI Nurse

447 words - 2 pages 5th July 1918Dear Diary,The sound is horrific and the sights even more so. As the shells drop from the sky and blow the ground and troops to bits...which leave us with more soldiers to tend to and care for. The wounds some of these men have to endure are unimaginable and shouldn’t be dealt upon any human.I, as part of the two thousand women sent overseas to assist in the Australian war effort to serve as nurses to help heal the ANZAC’S

The Diary of Anne Frank

1272 words - 6 pages shattered by one of the most nefarious events in history, the Holocaust. Anne’s diary became an influential resource in understanding historical and emotional aspects of the Holocaust. Although she was young, Anne Frank is the greatest diarist of European history because she preserved a critical time in history, her work captured the human experience of the Holocaust, and her ideals of hope and optimism remain influential throughout our world

The Diary of Anne Frank

780 words - 3 pages The Diary of Anne Frank In this project, I will be comparing the life of Anne Frank to mine. Firstly, I will give a brief timeline of the main events that took place in her lifetime. Then I will begin to compare the various aspects of her life to mine. Finally, I will draw up a conclusion. Annelies Marie Frank was born in Frankfurt, Germany, just 60 years before I was, 1929. During the first three years of her life, The Great

The Diary of a Gladiator

2143 words - 9 pages The Diary of a Gladiator12/05/58Dear Diary,Today was possibly the worst day in my entire life. I shall start from the beginning. When I woke up I felt an uncontrollable need for freedom. I had the bad feeling in the bottom of my stomach and I couldn't get rid of it. I felt terrified, captured. I sneaked out of the house and ran. I ran from myself, from the thoughts in my head. I needed to clear my mind. It felt like a huge and terribly real

The DIary of Anne Frank

1374 words - 5 pages and murky clouds, is filled with blue. One may either face the challenge they have been approached with to move on, or decline and stay caught in a storm. An individual’s view of the world has immense power of whether one’s obstacles will result in failure or achievement. It is the mentality that we approach life’s challenges that determine the positive or negative outcomes in our lives. The Diary of Anne Frank portrayed perseverance in an

The Diary of Ann Frank

766 words - 4 pages risk. For example, Meip, an employee of Anne’s father, was very willing to help hide the Franks and their friends in the secret annex of Mr. Frank’s company. Miep was very helpful, because she brought food and clothes and all kinds of stuff that the people in the hiding place needed, although she would’ve been sent to a concentration camp herself if she had been caught. Miep helped the Franks because she knew that it was the right thing to do and

The Diary of Anaïs Nin

1886 words - 8 pages define the norm and the deviant. Because of this, the artist who departs from the "acceptable" and embraces the "aberrant," arouses the consciousness of self and society. In doing so, sex and desire become a vehicle, a means of communication between artist and audience, and an object that demands our attention. Whether it is the subtle and sensual language of Anaïs Nin in The Diary of Anaïs Nin (1966), the coarse and explicit vocabulary of Henry

The Diary of a Madman

1216 words - 5 pages In the story, Diary of a Madman, by Lu Xun, we come across a man visiting his brother, only to realize something is not right, but as the story goes on, the protagonist seems to be unfolding a horrific secret about the village, though is the village the horrific one, or has the protagonist gone mad? Lu Xun's way of telling the story by using the character’s perspective, the pace of the story and the wording can affect the meaning or

Writing to Vent : An Analysis of The Diary of Anne Frank

836 words - 4 pages of her relationship with Margot. Her feelings of jealousy and frustration slowly form into the admiration and respect she begins to see for her sister. After all, Anne's writing marks he most important growth into becoming an adult and entering the real world as an independent young lady. Works Cited Frank, Anne. The Diary of a Young Girl. Definitive Ed. Ed. Otto Frank and Mirjam Pressler. New York: Bantam, 1995. Print.

"The Diary of Anne Frank"

840 words - 3 pages Anne Frank was born on June 19th 1929. She was a young German Jewish girl. Her father's name was Otto Frank; her mother's name was Edith Frank and her sister was Margot Frank. When Anne was eleven years old she grew up without care. Anne always dreamed of becoming a writer or a movie star. They all had to wear yellow stars on their clothes. The yellow star was the Star of David. Every Jewish person had to wear one of these. One day they forced

Similar Essays

The Diary Of An Anne Frank

1661 words - 7 pages The Diary of an Anne Frank The events recounted in Anne Frank’s Diary took place during World War 11. By 1933, the strongest party in Germany had gained ultimate power with Hitler under their command. Hitler was Germany’s dictator who spread his gospel of racial hatred through politics. While poverty and unemployment were at an all time high he launched a campaign of anti-Semitism. Hitler’s main target was the Jews, claiming that

Diary Of An Outsider Essay

1329 words - 5 pages The diary of an outsider(Topic 8)2 February 2013Dear diary...I arrived to India at 5am this morning. We are all exhausted from the 12-hour flight from South Africa to Dubai - And now In Delhi. I am absolutely overwhelmed by the different cultures and surroundings! Of course before I left on my trip, I read up on India from books. "India - the world's most exotic destination. The land of maharajahs and the Raj, Krishna, Buddha, Ghandi, Nehru

Benefits Of An Active Lifestyle Essay

2760 words - 11 pages and a low cholesterol can be accomplished by exercising and staying active at least thirty minutes per day (Stroke par.1). Exercise should not be limited to any age. In fact “By 2050, the over 65 year's age group will account for approximately one quarter of the population”(Grant 1). This quote shows that the topic of exercising for older adults will be bigger than ever. There’re are so many other benefits that can be achieved from an active

Diary Of An Irish Knight In The Middle Ages

1208 words - 5 pages The journal of Daniel Coughlan of Ireland in year 1187 Tuesday, February 18 In the year of our Lord, 1187 Today it has been fifteen years since my birth date, I am now a squire, and am about halfway through the process of becoming a knight. I think being a squire will be much harder than being a page. As a page all I had to do was be a general servant and learn how to read and write. Now, as a squire, I will be an assistant to a knight and learn