Nihilism refers to the philosophy of the lack of belief in the meaningful virtues of life. Sounds harsh, right? However, this philosophy is further divided into six parts- metaphysical, epistemological, existential, political, moral, and mereological. The most common forms or the ones that come to our mind when we generally speak of nihilism are existential nihilism- the theory that life has no meaning with respect to a higher or cosmic power, moral nihilism- which refutes the idea of an objective and collective morality, and metaphysical- idea that postulates that concrete objects and physical constructs cannot exist in the possible world.
No, this concept isn’t a millennial phenomenon triggered by the extensive use of technology, but dates back to Buddha, who believed that the ultimate destination of the human life or soul is a state of complete nothingness, non-possession, and non-attachment. Nihilism was popularised in the western world by the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, who characterized nihilism as emptying the world, especially human existence of meaning, and purpose. Woah, who invited the dud?
But is nihilism just a bollocks point of view, or holds some weight? Most claim that nihilism is realism, and it just may be.