Defining Nihilism And How It Works
Nihilism is basically the belief in nothing.
There is no afterlife. There is no purpose. There is no reason to be morally obligated to act on anything.
Some misunderstand this premise as a depressing unhealthy perspective, which is understandable. However, what most people fail to acknowledge, is the freedom behind the belief in nothing.
When you believe in nothing, you tend to be open to everything. Even if it’s futile to do so, being aware of the distractions allows an individual to explore these distractions with an open mind.
Instead of recognizing the purpose of life, a Nihilist prefers to see the reasoning rather than the passion of that purpose.
Since there is nothing, a Nihilist points out the question of what makes a distraction more effective than the rest. Some beliefs are justified out of comfort, some out of experiences, and a Nihilist sees right through this need.
Also, just because one believes in nothing doesn’t suspend the idea that one can still live.
Nihilists aren’t sad about the idea that everything won’t matter. Like other human beings, they can still function in society effectively. They simply realize that regardless of your efforts, the purpose remains subjective. Overall, the definition of finding purpose is an attempt for human beings to make sense of their existence.
And there’s nothing wrong with that.
People ask me how I consider myself a believer even if I associate myself with Nihilism. I simply tell them that this belief in God or a higher being isn’t overshadowed by the expectation of nothingness.
I wouldn’t be surprised if there was nothing in comparison to expecting something to come out of it.
As a Nihilist, I am aware that though it is pointless, the illusion of believing is what works as my best mechanism. The concept of God, at times, allows me to create meaning for certain situations. Still, I understand that I only believe what I believe to comfort me in a short impulse.
I am aware that I could be wrong, and since I have no real obligations to believe otherwise, I am free to distract myself in any way that pleases me.
That sense of awareness is what frees me more than searching for a truth that might be modified in the near future.