The nihilist-to-post-nihilist move is an evolutionary and cognitive mutation of a species that has been too drunk by its own desire-infused semiotic feedback loops for far too long. We have been intoxicated by all the stories and the successes they allowed since the beginning. Now excess and abuse of those same stories and practices can finally help us hit rock-bottom and confront the consequences of our addiction to ourselves. We can now change. We can mutate and become immune to our ideological successes in order to confront our practical failures.
Those of us no longer hung over from God’s colossal wake are content only in forging new worlds while others seek new intoxications that might allow them to cling to their principles, axioms and nostalgia. Our species does not need more ‘isms’, even if its coated in the soothing logic of norms and predicates. What we need is a perpetual disillusionment that fosters brave new pragmatisms and animal becomings. What we need is post-nihilist praxis.
I also think a turn to the personal realm, to cultivating deep friendships and family relations and the aesthetic and spiritual domains of life, can be a critically important way to stay sane, despite the apparent madness of the external world. This is a strategy intellectuals and other free-thinkers have adopted when living under oppressive regimes throughout history, sometimes creating masterpieces that emerged later on.
We should by all means all continue to work in whatever ways we can to nudge the external world in more positive directions, despite these now massive headwinds, so I’m not at all advocating withdrawal from collective affairs, but I think moving one’s center of gravity a little bit more inwards, in a quest for whatever long-lived, time-tested beauty, meaning and truths one can find, can bring some solace in hard times, and can actually help us in the very challenging struggles we are bound to be facing in the next few years.
What we’re seeing is the toxic wasteland of the Dominator male-oriented empires fraying at the edges, while the deeper vision arising out of the ruins is shaping into a Partnership society and culture that seeks to form bonds, assemblages, and relations of active cohesion to undermine the hierarchic and authoritarian vision of the Androcracies. Because this dominator model now seems to be reaching its logical limits, many men and women are today rejecting long-standing principles of social organization, including their stereotypical sexual roles. For many others these changes are only signs of systems breakdown, chaotic disruptions that at all costs must be quelled. But it is precisely because the world we have known is changing so rapidly that more and more people over ever larger parts of this world are able to see that there are other alternatives.