i dig this. basically a succinct bit on post-nihilist orientation from rando Twitter human @iguesssoidk:
Lets call nihilism the disbelief in mind-external meaning. The idea is that you will never find an objective final answer to any question. Immediately, a saavy reader will notice that this definition is self-defeating. When we give up on apprehending Truth, affirming nihilism appears to be a contradiction. If nothing is true, then in what sense can we say nihilism is true?
The solution is active nihilism: the idea that mind-dependent meaning can do most of the work that Truth would do, without posing as Truth. Active nihilism starts by giving up on certainty without giving up on affirmation. Nihilism is “I can’t know anything,” active nihilism is “…but my best guess is better than nothing.” Nihilism is “life is meaningless,” active nihilism is “…but I will make it meaningful.”
Importantly, active nihilism is indefinite. Definitive nihilism on the other hand may as well be positivism. If you say “life is meaningless, so I’ve picked as my meaning,” you’ve already resigned your nihilism to an asterisk. Genuine active nihilism is instructive not because it frees the subject from definitive meaning, but because it compels the subject to never-ending search for meaning.
Unbinding the world from Truth, only to rebind it to Truth a second later? Truth ain’t what it used to be… it’s both less and more.
a post-nihilist addendum via Hickman:
yes… we are that accident of things… the universe is as both nihilists and pessimists stipulate: is absolutely indifferent and unaware of our existence… but, that’s the point: we aren’t, we are very aware of our difference and consciousness… so do we passively sit back and accept that indifference or do we take our accidental difference as something unique and new in this universe of absolute indifference and nullity and thereby act on it: do we in other words invent the possibility of accepting the absolute indifference as the ground zero of thought, and work or think from that indifference and unknowing? Is there a path that absolutizes nihilism and pessimism, works through it and radicalizes it? And thereby opens up that circle of our difference to something new?