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Humanism is a Nihilism.

Humanism is not even man’s worship of man, far from it: it is man’s worship of his own stomach, which is to say his own appetites.
In part it’s a failure of creativity; a man, upon seeing the monstrous indifference of the universe to himself, yet feels a moral inclination
A moral inclination is an emotion, and it, too, comes from the stomach, it’s the conviction that one’s sense of right and wrong obtains in all places and all times for all people. Far be it from me to denigrate this feeling
But how is one to reconcile moral inclination with the fully automatic model?
There is as Hume observed no alchemy that can transmute an is to an ought, or is there? What if we get the philosophers stoned?
Democratic man knows a way. The will of the people, the consensus of the masses, yes, in all their Gaussian glory, confers legitimacy and truth to any idea
How then does democracy squeeze an ought from an is? How does any man make a deal when trust is lacking? Mutual indulgence in a vice, shared power to blackmail
In China, businessmen go with their associates to the brothel. In the west we prefer drinking to oblivion. One absolute mensch recently had the idea to convert all the world’s energy into cryptographic number-crunching, perhaps you heard. Vice, vice, vice.
Moral philosophers have a different vice, at least in modern times. They can find no justification for their own existence, so they put it to a vote
“My right to live,” they say, “is predicated on all humans’ right to live. My pursuit of pleasure is righteous because I affirm YOUR pursuit of pleasure.” That this ouroborotic cock-sucking seems intuitively right to you is a sign of your decadence
Why should it be so?! Why “human”-ism? Do you not see what cowardice this is? What claptrap, what mediocrity, what feebleness?
The only reason you shouldn’t die like a dog is that others shouldn’t either? What’s the opposite of apotheosis? This is the absolute zero of self esteem.
Happiness is a terrible goal. Pleasure is an even worse one. And yet these are the cosmic eternal ends of all “humanistic” philosophy. The only humanists who are honest about this are utilitarians
Utilitarians are people who lack the mental hardware to appreciate the utility of a lie
Stop chasing happiness. It’s overrated, maladaptive, and unsustainable. Very smart people have tried to make human happiness their cosmic aim and their philosophies fall apart the moment you try to execute them.
Utility monsters, Pascal’s mugging, repugnant conclusions... humanism itself is a repugnant conclusion, ye shall know them by their fruits
Suppose you could have every desire satisfied. We all know this would be unsatisfying, why? Imagine you were a god, and you could have anything you wanted instantly—
All the sex and status and comfort you could ever desire, then what? Soon your only desire would be to forget perfection. Soon you would desire to dream a dream and feel a little suffering, just for spice. Eventually you’d desire to live a life that looks very like your own
A machine in the Deleuzian sense is any process, even an entirely abstract one, which occurs according to its own automatic logic. Desire, says Deleuze, is a machine and the object of desire is another machine connected to it.
Humanism is a nihilism. What’s nihilism then? Nihilism is a desire to satisfy desire. Desire is a machine and humanism is the desire to SHUT DOWN the machine. This is known as a death drive.
For this reason Buddhism (as an ideal, not a practice) is popular in the humanist west. Buddhism, too, desires to shut down the machine. (Buddhism is also a nihilism)
Humanism is what you are left with when you have nothing to live for, and you project your meaninglessness on all mankind: you fall back on mere humanity as your only purpose, a desperate act
But isn’t this circular? Self-overcoming is merely the triumph of one emotion over another, no?
It’s true, all justifications are ultimately self-justifications. And moreover, this is the point. It is not desirable to eradicate suffering, nor is it commendable, in part because only suffering can give salience to fulfillment
And you don’t desire the end of desire, so what? Aren’t you still a slave to desire? Only a humanist would ask this question. The answer is yes, but one need not be a slave to the desires of the mob
Guenon on humanism, h/t @Antiversity
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