A Nihilistic Pop Song

I know it’s meant as a satire, but this song’s lyrics only make explicit the nihilistic subtext that I hear blaring out of every actual mainstream pop song about partying. Such songs’ powerful vacuity creates a feeling of soul-sucking meaninglessness, even in someone as averse to feelings of nihilism as I am.

(Hat Tip, and a thanks for the dedication, goes to Unreasonable Faith.)

In case you’re curious, my substantive views on some forms of nihilism are below. You don’t need to read all of them to understand any of them.

Of Nihilists Mourning Their Christian Soul Mates
Is Emotivistic Moral Nihilism Rationally Consistent?
The Universe Does Not Care About Our Morality. But So What?
A Philosophical Polemic Against Moral Nihilism
Why Moral Nihilism Is Self-Contradictory
Answering Objections From A Moral Nihilist
If You Don’t Believe in Objective Values Then Don’t Talk To Me About Objective Scientific Truth Either
Thinking According To Scale
Love Is Not An Illusion. Rebutting Nihilism and Other Superstitions of Disembodied Atheism

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Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.

  • GCBill

    Well, at least this pop song is honest. Wait, there are no values, so that doesn’t matter either…damn.

    What I meant was http://youtu.be/CxK_nA2iVXw


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