The rejection of all religious and moral principles, often in the belief that life is meaningless. The doctrine of an extreme Russian revolutionary party circa1900 which found nothing to approve of in the established social order.
Nihilism is often associated with the German philosopherFriedrich Nietzsche, who provided a detailed diagnosis of nihilism as a widespread phenomenon of Western culture. Though the notion appears frequently throughout Nietzsche's work, he uses the term in a variety of ways, with different meanings and connotations. Karen Carr describes Nietzsche's characterization of nihilism "as a condition of tension, as a disproportion between what we want to value (or need) and how the world appears to operate." When we find out that the world does not possess the objective value or meaning that we want it to have or have long since believed it to have, we find ourselves in a crisis. Nietzsche asserts that with the decline of Christianity and the rise of physiological decadence, nihilism is in fact characteristic of the modern age, though he implies that the rise of nihilism is still incomplete and that it has yet to be overcome. Though the problem of nihilism becomes especially explicit in Nietzsche's notebooks(published posthumously), it is mentioned repeatedly in his published works and is closely connected to many of the problems mentioned there.
Nietzsche characterized nihilism as emptying the world and especially human existence of meaning, purpose, comprehensible truth, or essential value. This observation stems in part from Nietzsche's perspectivism, or his notion that "knowledge" is always by someone of some thing: it is always bound by perspective, and it is never mere fact.
Rather, there are interpretations through which we understand the world and give it meaning. Interpreting is something we can not go without; in fact, it is something weneed.
One way of interpreting the world is through morality, as one of the fundamental ways that people make sense of the world, especially in regard to their own thoughts and actions.
Nietzsche distinguishes a morality that is strong or healthy, meaning that the person in question is aware that he constructs it himself, from weak morality, where the interpretation is projected on to something external.
Regardless of its strength, morality presents us with meaning, whether this is created or 'implanted,' which helps us get through life.
Nihilism in American comedy came along way before 'The Simpsons.' There was a fairly nihilistic point of view to 'Saturday Night Live,' for instance, back in the beginning, and a lot of really dark comedy had a really anti-sentimental take on life. Matt Groening Read more at:http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/nihilism.html
I found this picture/ quote series on the web about this interesting concept called Nihilism. A C Suite Member should be aware that there may be Nihilists in their Boards or they may be 'invisible' strong Influencers of important Board members who you may not fully understand. By understanding the meanings of different 'ism's' prevailing and important around you - I thought a C Suite Member will be wiser, better.
1. If you get this, congratulations; you are an intelligent young man on the internet, and you are AWAKE.
2. Other people will never understand this. They’re just pigs eating whatever life drops in their trough. At least you know better, you twentysomething Caucasian male.
3. Chuck Palahniuk knows what it’s like to be the only smart young guy in the room. Too bad so many idiots think that Fight Club is just a movie about fighting.
5. One day, you’ll move someplace where people aren’t so full of shit.
6. Not everyone understands that life is an endless, monotonous highway. But you and Canadian rocker Tom Cochrane do.
7. It doesn’t matter how “successful” each of us is in life. We’re all doomed to die. Why can’t anyone else see that?
And finally: “Atheism, true 'existential' atheism burning with hatred of a seemingly unjust or unmerciful God, is a spiritual state; it is a real attempt to grapple with the true God.… Nietzsche, in calling himself Antichrist, proved thereby his intense hunger for Christ.” ― Seraphim Rose, Nihilism: The Root of the Revolution of the Modern Age
Deep thinkers these. Writing in very abstract, difficult to understand language. And for us mortals in business it is not critical to go to the depths and understand these catch phrases and ism's. C Suite Member would do well to know - however confusing it may seem, it is an 'ism' and it influenced many from the older generations - who may be in your board or may be influenced by them. Be aware. By understanding the core definition - you may simply say ' 'Whlle I appreciate your right to a view and a freedom to express them Lets Agree to Disagree'. Being Firm and Polite always helps in the C Suite .