Tim Minchin’s Life Advice

Tim Minchin is a wise and witty man–even without the aid of his piano.

My only serious quibble is with his rhetoric about how life is “meaningless”. If he doesn’t endorse nihilism he shouldn’t adopt their counter-productive and confusing language. My balk at stuff like that is here, in a post which coincidentally begins with a Tim Minchin song.

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About Daniel Fincke

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.

  • SansDeus

    “Like a blind man clapping in the pharmacy to echo-locate the contact lens fluid.”
    I love Tim.

  • John Kruger

    As I understood his rhetoric he was saying that “meaning” is not externally found, but instead internally applied. I happen to agree with that sentiment very strongly. People should be brave enough to create and take ownership of their own meaning rather than just going along with meaning assigned by other people.

  • SusanKPerry

    I’m so glad you posted this (thus saving me the trouble). I adore Tim and happen to agree with everything he said and everything he meant in this speech. I understand exactly what he means by life being “meaningless.” The phrase makes me smile. It’s not negative, simply stating a fact. In the very largest context, our puny lives are only as meaningful as we can make them, and that meaning is ours alone to cherish and believe in. Nothing sacred here.


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