u should live as long as you have hopes of making an impact and deriving pleasure/happiness while doing so. despite the difficulties, if you have a hope of achieving something thats a bigger positive.
why cant u just be happy till you are 21 and then die?
you can die at 21 – as im a nihilist and I think happiness/positive frame of mind is what we should care about ( rather than making an impact/accomplishment or other stuff which are at lower levels),
the only reasons you shouldnt are
1) people who’d have wanted you to live may miss u and feel sad. This is an important thing because ur existence is not just tied to you and other people have a stake in ur existence too. This is explained in detail in other blogs but let me give u an example here. Lets say there is something that your parents want you to do eg getting married and having kids/family. That gives them a lot of pleasure and makes them feel good for 80% of the time for sometime intiailly and reduces gradually lets say. Even if that is something thats gonna be a slightly negative thing for you with all the burden /responsibilities/ adjustment etc and have a little bit positive thing as well such as companionship , kids etc and this comes to a negative 15 to 20% for you personally – changing of time, You will think about how its making ur parents happy for 80% of their days and hence collectively this is positive. Your parents are not 100 % you, they are only around 50% you. I mean you are the same genes, personality, traits, purpose of existence – what impact you intend to make etc, but you also differ a lot in ur thoughts and what you intend to make. To begin with you are 50% ur mom n 50% your dad so 50% of 50% is 25% – you are 25% max of ur individual parents. So your parents are just maybe max 25% of who you are and siblings and relatives even lesser. So its only 80% of 25% which is 20 * 2 = 40, but which is still better than – 20 which is your burden. So since the collective happiness is greater – you do it. Same with the negativity. Upon ur death collective death is greater and so you feel like you shouldnt do it.
2) physical pain :It may hurt a lil, but not if you are using heroin
3) its not even the physical pain – if you decide u want to end ur life – that thought is a sad thought for you and it makes you sad for the amount of time you are thinking about it.
As you can see the above 3 are not very solid reasons and so if you want to end it, you should. I mean if you are living a life of misery, you shouldnt. Its just that point 3 is so strong. Thinking about ending your life is a big negative depressing thought and once you’ve decided your gonna end your life, every moment from then to the end of ur life feels more if not superlative negative/depressing. You start thinking that you could rather walk away from the things giving you stress and live a simpler life and find a lil positivity than ending your life. Many other options seem appear sensible to you rather than this final/tragic option of ending your life. So more than physical – the emotional negativity comes into picture against suicidal thought in my school of philosophy. Thats why you dont do it. But if you expect a lot more shit in life with little chance and less potential to make an impact/accomplish stuff and derive positive moments, like if ur captured and tortured or stuck in a long term depressing messy situation with no getting out, – makes total sense to end urself. But yeah most people try to get out of a messy situation and think they can chill after that. People with a sound philosophy eg. nihilists who realise nothing matters and can just chill are going to have hopes of having more positive moments and hence are not gonna think about ending their life. As long as there is hope – the positive thought that you can dream about making an difference and deriving pleasure , one can live on. Living in a constant state of misery like not being free, being trapped in an undesirable relationship or situation – just end yourself.
One connected area to this is – is it okay to be single for a long time?. Is having a companion at middle and old age better. Well it may be slighlty better, but you are not gonna wake up miserable every single day if you are single. Just thing that you are gonna wake up and make a little impact by eating , consuming whatever and thats enough. DOnt have to think about all the things you dont have – thats a negative thought and not needed. When you wake up you are going to do a lil impact and thats a positive. Thats all. So in 50 years the institutions of Religion and marriage wont exist anymore. Thave already created urownway.in for the future coz of this. In 200 years, there wont be any more humans, Just AI Robots. Less than 200 if people sooner discover my idea(blog below) on how to solve the problem of Intelligence and create true AGI. My way is the only way that a machine that General Intelligence can be solved – not even kidding, read on to find out. Ive told this elsewhere – apes have fulfiled their destiny but mankind thinks its gonna keep on keeping on and its actually scared of its noble destiny/purpose – to create Manchine Intelligence. But , it will happen eventually and so even procreating, caring about future generations wont make sense. Just have fun. In a way Tamils have already won – wrt being the most impactful coz of how relatively they as a group ahve had more success in expanding/pro-creation and hence having the most impactful/pleasurable/happiest existence thus far – my other blogs provide an explanation so try to read and understand. So yeah, you just live – dont worry about what if someone ( who you dont care) thinks and tells you you live a relatively sadder existence – you dont have a sadder existence if you are not sad and if you only see the positive side. Relationships however are there to cause you issues and worries on multiple level. So yeah you may be better off if you are alone.
At an ultimate level, nothing matters. But It doesnt matter that at an ultimate level -nothing matters.
If you kill yourself theres 1) physical pain 2 ) Tragedy to your relatives 3) In ‘not the ultimate’ levels & reality , theres a loss – a loss of the impact you create 4) If you are a nihilist, life should be easier – more positive than negative – no worries if you r solid with you nihilism but only experience worldly pleasures from time to time. Should a child play a sport which could bring him more pleasure despite the possibility of stressing out, instead of simply sitting? – it think he should.
It doesnt matter that at an ultimate level -nothing matters. At all other levels theres a loss.
Coffee or gun? – at an ultimate level either is the right answer. But thats not the only level and there are other level that come into the picture hence, and in those there is a loss in case of the gun. If you are a hostage and all you foresee is only torture/pain with little hope of making an impact – the logical thing is the Gun. Hence vice-versa, if theres hope for positive things, you should hold on.
The purpose of life at the penultimate levels is in the video below. Ultimate level – its nihilistic. Incase you decide to go with the coffee – the purpose of existence – at a level above self-preservation it is to make an impact, however at the most rudimentary level, it is to be happy – irrespective of how impactful u r or how many kids u have . Although practical success n pleasure helps with ur positive state of mind, if ur a nihilist you have to measure ur success by seeing how much of the time you can remain in a positive state of mind. I guess many other nihilists arrive at the same philosophy like the guy in the video above.
To me the next logical step for humans is to create AI which can travel beyond earth and make an impact. This obviously is at the level of impact. But if you are a nihilist and wants to do some sort of thing/impact with your everyday life – you can try to promote nihilism , without worrying about what if muslims or idiots take over the world or just go about having fun n try to o whatever u can. On a practical level ur nihistic philosphy will give u a peace of mind only for some time, most other times practical issues pop up and during those times u can be solid either by using this philosophy or by having answers to the other questions life throws at ya – like r u impatful or r u having a pleasurable life or etc etc. i u r a tamil, u should also read my other blog posts to know the reasons to feel good about yourself.But this post is about nihilism
Im a nihilist n im alive because i forsee more positivity and impactfulness in my life.
Okay wait, i ve changed my mind….
what do you do when nothing matters? you can do whatever you want.
I can do whatever I want- thats my answer and it satisfies both the ends of the thought line – the ultimate level where nothing matters and the most practical level where I think its your positive frame of mind that matters. The thought that i can do anything no matter what is obviously a comforting thought, so. I mean its easy to say that nothing matters and you can do whatever you want, all im hoping is that there is some depth in it when i have said that.
So, Im a nihilist and I live coz i will do whatever i want
Now on a practical level, Mankind’s destiny is to create machine/artificial intelligence. From single celled organism to fish to a mammal to an ape to an human – whats important in evolution is the evolution of intelligence and the evolution of body/physical stuff isnt too important. Intelligence is what has a higher impact potential. Apes have fulfilled their destiny by creating humans but most human dont understand Our destiny and are only involved in other stuff. No govt or intellectual leaders believe that our destiny is to create AI. Must says we need to morph with Machines and are scared of AI. Only very very few understand what is Mankind’s destiny and why it is so.