Anti-nihilism is accepting life has no inherent meaning but pushing foward anyway to live as best you can and impose or find your own purpose in life.
WAIT. What?! I’ve been getting it wrong this whole time?!
I thought nihilism was a positive force, not this “nothing matters. do what you want. just die” philosophy. I thought it was designed exactly so people don’t put stock in somebody else’s ideas on the purpose of life. It frees a person from the burden of inherent purpose, so that they can choose how to live according to their own will.
I thought the nihilist fills the lack of purpose by whatever they choose?
Absurdism however is more closely tied to your anti-nihilism. Absurdism as it was proposed is the idea similar to nihilism: No inherent purpose. Unlike others who fills it with their purpose, the absurdist doesn’t. Here’s how an absurdist would sound like:
“Life has no inherent purpose. Making your own purpose is just your way of coping. I’m not going anywhere in the grand scheme of things, but I live life to the fullest anyway. Why? BECAUSE. “
Meaning: the absurdist doesn’t replace the lack of inherent purpose with anything. they are always without purpose, but live life as if they do. The absurdist would argue that it’s the most honest state of being you can have. The absurdist finds joy where he can, and live the moment for its own sake and nothing more.
It’s absurd. Why do things that you know are ultimately futile? Well, the absurdist won’t or can’t tell you why. Because if he could come up with a logical, coherent answer he wouldn’t be an absurdist.