To espouse my worldview a little bit more, and to maybe lend more basis to my thought patterns. I shall try to establish a rundown of my mindset through allegorical terms. Imagine for an instant a field, a field made of Nothing. It (the field) is just raw matter, energy, monads, or whatever basis of Reality one so desires/believes. Said field is clearly already there, but it isn’t suitable to one’s own needs. Say there’s a boulder the size of one’s Ego in the way that keeps you from building a lovely house there.
Thus our lovely friend Nihilism (in its many forms, and varieties) comes along and says, “Hey your Ego is based upon some arbitrary construct that was conditioned into you. Your sense of identity, body image, society, and your entire worldview is just make believe. You’re living a lie my friend. You aren’t Authentic because you didn’t lay those stones!”
Upon our blunt friend’s assessment, one generally (at least to me) falls into a state of despondency. A sort of, “Curse you God! Gott ist Tot!….etc” (shaking fist at supposed Heavens) which is exactly what our bastard buddy Nihilism was trying to do. Get you to question the assumptions you’ve made in your everyday life. To, for lack of better terminology, “Wake up”. Thus our big boulder of an Ego starts to crack, and break. “Hey”, one thinks in hindsight (clearly hindsight because the throes are an absolute pain), that big ol’ boulder is starting to crumble, and I now have a new clearing in which to raise my OWN edifice! I don’t have to abide by the construct that was me, but I now am able to play my own game! I just have to create the system of rules in which I wish to abide!
Now with the image of a plain with broken down chunks of Ego lying about. One is left with the onerous task of rebuilding their Self-Conception. One could approach said task as a jigsaw puzzle, “My world used to look like this, so does this piece go here?”, or one can say, “Screw it! I’m doing Sand Art*! (*insert whatever metaphor you wish)”.
Thus our best of buds Nihilism, who stuck with us through cognitive Hell makes itself known as a way to deconstruct all sorts of notions that we personally don’t agree with. “Hey that rock looks like your head!”….”Uh no, it’s a keystone!”. Now we get to play with cognitive relativism. My thoughts are completely different from your thoughts, but that’s okay. I actually prefer it that way. My morals are solely my own, and to pressgang others into following and/or believing in them is actually no different that the constructed world I was just living in.
Building upon the Field of Nothingness, with a Nihilistic reduced Ego. One can build whatever structure they so wish because the dynamite (Nihilism) is ever so readily at hand. This is some of the Foundational Logic behind my thoughts. Building upwards, I’ve attached thoughts from Plato (My Plain is really a Cave, and I was seeing Shadows). Descartes (Hey guys, looking for more “dynamite”?! Cogito Ergo Sum). Kant (If I can do it, Everyone can do it….Categorical Imperative). And loads more, for this is truly the human condition! To realize that one was actually suspended above the Abyss of Life on the constructed framework of Other’s Realities/Points of View.
….”I guess it’s a tower to the Heavens we’re building guys…, hopefully that Babel incident doesn’t happen again….”…