The Fine Line Between Existentialism And Nihilism

Fellow beings,

First of all: English is not my native language, so if you happen to come across rather unnaturally build sentences, well, then you know why.
Actually, I do not specifically want to adress something...I just want to circle around the subject of existentialism, let my thoughts about it arise in the process of writing. Just like life itself unfolds: a continuous flow of (re)actions that spring out of what came before. That immediately brings the question upfront of whether we have free will or not. In how far is the action you are commiting right now a choice, or an automatic reaction determined by both your genetic encoding and everything that happenend up till this very moment. In short: your experience of this very moment could be merely a genetically determined reaction to your history. If so, is this horror? Could be, if you're unlucky with having been born with 'difficult' genes or/and if you had a difficult history due to unlucky encounters with exterior events that unfolded in your existence that were rather disturbing for your specifically tuned genes...So, a truly happy life according to this suggestion would mean: to have luck with your genes, and have luck with your history...:) Cruel and unfair for those who don't...It's a bit of a simplistic statement, but sure does have a ring of truth to it for me, at this moment...Say, hypothetically, you were born with a genetic stucture that has some 'defects' in it...f.i. with a paranoid-schizophrenic mind and a weak constellation...On top of this rather precarious start, your parents are both neglecting alcoholics and you grow up in a violent and deeply nihilistic inevitable recipe for madness, disaster and suffering, isn't it?...By the time he could be able to break out of this sinister environment, his morals and heart will be irrestorably smashed... A cruel fate...only a miracle could save this soul...And why this suffering? Simply because he was born...he had no saying over it whatsoever....
It puts religion that claims there is a moral/caring/empathic God or entity, right down into the drain...and paradoxically it's just these tormented unlucky souls that succumb deepest to a desperate attempt to find meaning in their bleak existence...
Anyway, gloomy does tell us something about the nature of existence, isn't it? Gotta go now...
Any reactions?

Reflux Reflux
31-35, M
5 Responses Jun 17, 2011

Interesting post

Yes. I understand why you are saying that.. but at this very point in time, raise your arm.. what have u just deminstrated? Free will. It was not reactionary but pure choice. Free will.

Nature outside of humanity is savage and merciless.<br />
We would be irrational to expect otherwise.<br />
For all our supposed perceived intelligence we are only animals.<br />
And our ba<x>se desires will never be totally overcome by what we think are morals/ethics.<br />
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As you said birth and environmental conditions are the things that shape people.<br />
Few can really ever break free from the possibilities extending from those patterns.

I agreed with everything you've said until the last part stating: "It puts religion that claims there is a moral/caring/empathic God or entity, right down into the drain"<br />
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Maybe I'm being biased because I'm Christian, but people shouldn't blame their unlucky lives on God. It wasn't God that created this "unluckiness", but rather world sin. It's the accumulated sins of human beings that inflict upon our lives as a whole. It's what created disease. It's what created hate.<br />
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I'm glad those desperate unlucky souls were saved by God.

It's a frightening thing to think that all our brains are, our thoughts, ideas, morals, likes, dislikes, everything personality trait, are just neurons that fire when some molecules hit them. We can't hope to control something as small as a single molecule, so how can we control ourselves? And yet we do.<br />
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The genetically determined history part you were talking about does make sense. Most mental illnesses, and things like alcoholism and some diseases run in families. Maybe scientists will discover a "depression gene" someday. Who knows?