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Adopting a nihilist outlook


This helps me with my anxiety. Right now I'm not having as bad of social anxiety as I used to because I realize nothing matters in the grand scheme of things. Not to say I don't struggle cause I'm aware I exist at the human scale. But when I think about mistakes or about social interaction and how it doesn't matter in the grand scheme it's easier to function. It can be a positive thing when life and all its pitfalls start to look funny to even worry about. This doesn't mean your life doesn't have to have any meaning at all because then you'd have no motivation. But it can be so freeing to think about how all mistakes have no weight in the end. We all end up in the same place
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That’s exactly how I’ve been coping lately. When I think about how everyone ends up, I really don’t understand why I worry so much. It matters so much at the moment, but everything is so fleeting.
I would think this negative type of thinking will only make me feel worse, but it’s honestly how I get though the day without panicking.
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This helps me with my anxiety. Right now I'm not having as bad of social anxiety as I used to because I realize nothing matters in the grand scheme of things. Not to say I don't struggle cause I'm aware I exist at the human scale. But when I think about mistakes or about social interaction and how it doesn't matter in the grand scheme it's easier to function. It can be a positive thing when life and all its pitfalls start to look funny to even worry about. This doesn't mean your life doesn't have to have any meaning at all because then you'd have no motivation. But it can be so freeing to think about how all mistakes have no weight in the end. We all end up in the same place




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I think Qbert said it once when he got bonked on the head.

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I used to be a Nihilist and contrary to some of you I found it actually made me worse, more self destructive, less ambitious.

In recent years I've adopted the outlook that life is what you make of it. It's up to each of us to find our place in this world and find some meaning to it all. I can't say what the meaning of my life is yet, but I live as if I have a purpose that will one day be recognized.
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Hmm, more like less anxiety at the cost of existential depression.
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I find having nihilistic views helps as well, but it really depends on the person. I don't believe in a universal purpose, or meaning to it all, and lacking such faith that there is one does not make me feel depressed. I am lazy though, no doubt about it. I was lazy when I believed in God too, so I can't blame it on nihilistic views. Of course, I freely acknowledge that my lack of faith is not definitive proof that there is no such purpose or meaning, it is just that I have never found any and have grown bored with trying to find it.



But I can see your point, and if it works then kudos. I think nihilism gets a bad rap from a lot of people, it is generally seen as some emo doomer trend, that only depressed miserable people, who are incredibly pessimistic hold on to. I see it as the opposite of that for some, for some people it is liberating, gives them hope, and brings them happiness. I don't really get into philosophy very far, I find it to get boring and far too open to lengthy pointless conversations that never get anywhere, but I will make an exception for it this one time, just to put in my own experiences with it. I'm happy that it is working for you.

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I used to be a Nihilist and contrary to some of you I found it actually made me worse, more self destructive, less ambitious.

In recent years I've adopted the outlook that life is what you make of it. It's up to each of us to find our place in this world and find some meaning to it all. I can't say what the meaning of my life is yet, but I live as if I have a purpose that will one day be recognized.
I take a more balanced approach and think of "my purpose" as using myself as an advertisement for birth control.

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If for no other reason, I wake up just to say "**** you" to the world. It's got me going this far.
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