Friday, December 29, 2006

The New Nihilists

A Noncreed for 2007

We are the new nihilists.

We don't care much for philosophy, theology.
We can’t tell you what they mean.
But "whatever" is what does the trick.
"Whatever" is the scene.

Nihilist sounds cool; awesome right now; so nihilists we are.

We cram our heads with lots of cool stuff.
We take it wherever we go.
We love our designer world, we create it wherever we are.
Don't bluff me with your call to truth, we're too busy with the show.

iPods and Palm Pilots and Cell phones and MySpace,
YouTube and Second Life and Digital Cameras.

We're spiritual, you know.
We're real, it's true.
We've picked out our iTunes.
They make us the rule.

iPods and PalmPilots and Cell phones and MySpace,
YouTube and Second Life and Digital Cameras.

No time for books.
They don't even move.
We're busy with data.
That's the real groove.

iPods and PalmPilots and Cell phones and MySpace,
YouTube and Second Life and Digital Cameras.

Posing and morphing, dig the digital fix.
We crave the unreal whatever the mix.

Nihilist sounds cool; awesome right now; so nihilists we are.

God, yeah sure.
I guess God must be there.
But whatever the God,
He must fit with my hair.

Download that God
Bring him right in
Download the sacred
Right now on my iPod.

Posing and morphing, dig the digital fix.
We crave the unreal whatever the mix.

iWorld, iChoice, iRock.

Whatever… We are the new nihlists. Yeah.

11 comments:

Yossman said...

How about this:


A wishlist is for things that matter

A shortlist is for people that matter

A nihilist is for nothing that matters

Kevin Winters said...

So...who exactly are these "new nihilists"? Do we have any names and representative quotes? Or is this just another epithet, like "postmodernism," for whom few quotes can actually be mustered (in particular from the major thinkers themselves), but many accusations are given?

Douglas Groothuis said...

It's a poem, Kevin; let it resonate in your soul.

Kevin Winters said...

Oh, so it is meant as pure poetry, not meant to 'correspond' to any real thinkers, theories, or whatnot? Ok. Fiction it is.

Douglas Groothuis said...

Poetry is not meant to nail things down as neatly as analytical philosophy. But that doesn't mean it isn't proposition or has no identifiable referents.

Kevin Winters said...

Yes, 'identifiables' are what I am looking for, for I have an inkling that you will include so-called "postmodernists" (which would include Heidegger, Derrida, and Foucault) in your overgeneralizations, which I find faulty. I've been trying to get specifics so that they can be addressed; it is hard to address generalizations.

zz said...

"Posing and morphing, dig the digital fix. We crave the unreal whatever the mix."

If virtual worlds and renditions of the phenomenal realm are not "real", how can we sin in cyberspace ? I would think even our imaginations share in reality. Certain types of fiction for entertainment can violate God's laws.

How can your rant against "Gears Of War" be justified ?

I am not a video game player, so these are objective questions.

By unreal, do you mean fantasy ?
All fantasy must in a sense mimic reality at some level in order to be appealing.

Douglas Groothuis said...

"Posing and morphing, dig the digital fix. We crave the unreal whatever the mix."

I do not agree with this. I am attacking it. If you have to explain a poem too much, it probably isn't a very good poem--or the reader wasn't giving it a close reading.

Yes, we can sin in cyberspace, just as we can sin in our thoughts without a computer. That's why I critique violent and pornographic video games.

said...

Everything is God, including neo-nihilists AND their ipods, if anything they deserve more compassion than condemnation, they are just as much a part of you than any other of your thoughts memories and experiences.

Doug Groothuis said...

Z:

If so, Hitler is God, Stalin in God, Satan is God.

Do you believe that?

said...

The part of God who forgot their true identity, yes. One God given freedom humans have is the freedom to decide their own destiny- this includes the option of forgetting about their connection to the source, the divine nature of the soul- to declare oneself separate from God and to act accordingly.


I believe in a universe that is balanced, ie everything you do comes back to eventually. So Stalin and Hitler probably have millions of lives of being the bugs hitting your windshield to look forward to before being given any more options about how to choose their destiny- they already decided in their lives as humans.