Overcoming Nihilism

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Vol 7, No 2 (2011)

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Overcoming Nihilism

The inertia of most people in affluent Western nations in the face of the corruption of
the core institutions of their democracies, including their universities, their
disempowerment, the plundering of public wealth, growing economic injustice and
economic insecurity, and environmental degradation and the threat of a global
ecological collapse, has impelled a search for explanations, and in doing so, has forced
people to confront the nihilism of modern civilization. It appears that the devaluation
of the highest values, and of life itself, and the consequent loss of meaning in people’s
lives, is having practical consequences. Nihilism threatens our liberty, the future of
civilization and even the global ecosystem which sustains the conditions for life.

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