167: Nihilism

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Why can't you have normal existential angst like all the other boys?
Title text: Why can't you have normal existential angst like all the other boys?

[edit] Explanation

It is argued by some that atheism leads to nihilism. One rebuttal would be to reject the premise that there is no purpose outside of fulfilling divine intention, but Randall instead rejects the premise that nihilism ought to be burdensome. As a result, Beret Guy resolves that, if everything is ultimately meaningless, then it would be more fun to spend one's meaningless existence having fun rather than constantly moping. As reinforced by the title text, the complete lack of angst on Beret Guy's part is off-putting to other nihilists.

[edit] Transcript

[Beret Guy and Cueball approach a tree while talking.]
Cueball: There is no God. Our existence is without purpose.
Beret Guy: Oh, definitely.
Beret Guy: We are adrift in an uncaring void indifferent to all our mortal toil.
Cueball: Exactly! In the end, nothing we do matters.
[Beret Guy climbs the tree.]
Beret Guy: Totally.
Cueball: We just... Why are you climbing that tree?
[Beret Guy is now completely submerged in the tree.]
Beret Guy: Because the future is an adventure! Come on!
Cueball: But--
Beret Guy: Hey! I found squirrels!

[edit] Trivia

  • This strip is the first appearance of Beret Guy.

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That's his logic for dong random stuff?Guru-45 (talk) 16:33, 10 March 2013 (UTC)

He is saying that climbing a tree is as reasonable a response to nihilism as acting all mopey and depressed. 03:21, 27 August 2013 (UTC)
And also suggesting that it is the better option (or at least the one he'd rather be doing) of the two. 22:00, 12 October 2015 (UTC)

And he is soooo correct. I wish I knew now what a waste of time worrying about certain things happening or not happening would wind up being. I wish I'd spent more time climbing trees or doing other things that made me feel happy or that I had fun doing instead of worrying about how I would look to others doing so. Life should come with a users manual or at least a FAQ or something. I know, I know there's lots of books out there that attempt to do that but I mean one that you KNOW is true because it was written for YOU. 10:37, 2 April 2015 (UTC)

You might as well not bother being nihilistic. It's not like you'll accomplish anything by it. 21:03, 30 October 2015 (UTC)
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