Am I nihilistic?

Tracy Watkins described me and my blog as “Utterly nihilistic and entertaining”. I can fathom the entertaining part butam struggling with how she can see that I and my blog are utterly nihilistic.

I checked Wikipedia for their definition of nihilism;

Nihilism (from the Latin nihil, nothing) is the philosophical doctrine suggesting that values do not exist but rather are falsely invented. Most commonly, nihilism is presented in the form of existential nihilism which argues that life[1] is without meaning, purpose, or intrinsic value. Moral nihilists assert that morality does not exist, and subsequently there are no moral values with which to uphold a rule or logically prefer one action over another. Nihilism can also take epistemological, metaphysical, or ontological forms.

The term nihilism is sometimes used in association with anomie to explain the general mood of despair at a perceived pointlessness of existence that one may develop upon realizing there are no necessary norms, rules, or laws.[2] Movements such as Futurism and deconstructionism, among others, have been identified by commentators as “nihilistic” at various times in various contexts. Often this means or is meant to imply that the beliefs of the accuser are more substantial or truthful, whereas the beliefs of the accused are nihilistic, and thereby comparatively amount to nothing (or are simply claimed to be destructively amoralistic).

Hmmm…that somehow doesn’t seem to fit. Sure some of it is somewhat true like especially where nihilism “is meant to imply that the beliefs of the accuser are more substantial or truthful, whereas the beliefs of the accused are nihilistic, and thereby comparatively amount to nothing”.

However I actually think that Tracy used the wrong word. I think she was looking for was Annihilationist.

Annihilationism is the minority Christian doctrine that sinners are destroyed rather than tormented forever in “hell” or the lake of fire. It is directly related to the doctrine of conditional immortality, the idea that a human soul is not immortal unless it is given eternal life. Annihilationism asserts that God will eventually destroy or annihilate the wicked, leaving only the righteous to live on in immortality. Some annihilationists believe the wicked will be punished for their sins in the lake of fire before being annihilated, others that hell is a false doctrine of pagan origin.

Annihilationist denominations include the Seventh-day Adventists, Bible Students, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Christadelphians and the various Advent Christian churches. Some Protestant and Anglican writers have also proposed annihilationist doctrines. Annihilationists base the doctrine on their exegesis of scripture, some early church writing, historical criticism of the doctrine of hell, and the concept of God as too loving to punish his creations forever.

Given that I now consider myself a Seventh Day Adventist this fits so much more nicely into a description of what I am about and my blogging. That is why I conduct campaigns against even those in my own team if they transgress my own code of ethics.

So what did Tracy really mean? Was it nihilistic or some other meaning? I am not entirely sure. The one thing that perplexes me though is that Tracy reads so few blogs. I know DPF reads more than 400, so do I, surely a top rating gallery journalist reads more than 5 blogs.

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