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What is Real in Nihilism

QUESTION: What is real in Nihilism?


Nihilism’s concept of reality is tenaciously constructed on the denial of all value except the meaning of experience and outcome. As such, people and objects are manipulated by individuals to achieve variations in the formation of what is real.

Any and all natural events that occur are the result of this manipulation, shaping the outcome. Since each outcome may not be equally perceived by all or have the same meaning, what is real exists only in the mind of the one perceiving it.

The classic question: “If a tree falls in the forest and no one hears it. . .did the tree fall?” is carried one step further by the nihilist who asks: “Did the tree even exist?” This concept is carried to the extent that Truth can be perceived, but does not exist and is not real.

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