Wayne Holland: The Irrational Universe


... natural state ... February 10, 2009


It has always been there, in plain sight.

Like a stone at the edge of the garden, I was aware of it, but never gave it much thought, since it was not actually amongst the plants.

I made a mental note to deal with it some day and enjoyed the garden in spite of it.

Visitors to the garden as well paid it no mind, although I am certain they could not have missed it.

What is the stone that I refer to? It is nothing less than the perfect naturalness of nihilism.

I am suggesting that we are all nihilists at birth. Yes, we are born nihilists. We only become Jews, Muslims, Christians and Hindus after much conditioning.

To say that we are such and such is merely to reflect the amount of social drivel that has been poured into our otherwise innocent minds.

Yes, we are born nihilists, with virtually nothing in our minds. I argued in another essay (Society) that we made it all up, all the customs and conventions, all the laws and rules of etiquette.

Human conventions do not exist in nature. As such they are more properly thought of, and spoken of, as social contrivances, or fabrications, not natural events.

God and love, right and wrong, good and evil and so on, are all purely social abstractions. By contrast, it is perfectly natural to come into this world without a single belief in our head.

We are therefore born nihilists, and our return to it in adulthood (should we be so fortunate) is surely an indication (whatever else it may be) that we have found our true selves.

We are not doctors, lawyers, teachers, athletes or entertainers. These titles merely represent the games that we have chosen to play (or been coaxed into playing).

What we are, at the deepest level of our being (the primal level), can fairly be described in terms of nihilism. And I mean nihilism in its purest form, not the philosophical variety, which, like any other philosophy (or religion) is something we must acquire.

What I would most like to know is whether or not anyone else has ever said this? Did Nietzsche ever touch on it? If he did, I guess I missed it.

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