Positive Nihilism

Watched Our Greatest Delusion by Veritasium from

So this video is a little different from most of the others. The channel is an element of truth, after all, not an element of science. This is my truth. It may not be everyone’s but that’s ok too.

This was an interesting format, essentially a personal essay but in video form.

The idea of absolute nothingness makes me sad, regretful, and scared – both for my personal nothingness and the end of the universe.

A quick skim of Wikipedia sounds like, as an atheist, I am an existential nihilist. I don’t see the need for our lives to have cosmic or deeper meaning, and honestly find that idea a little self-centered? I don’t think our lives are diminished by being “meaningless” but that our very existence is beautiful and wonderful, that each person inherently has worth and value, and we don’t need to justify our right to exist.

By Tracy Durnell

Writer and designer in the Seattle area. Freelance sustainability consultant. Reach me at She/her.

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