Nihilism Begone

There is a potential for nihilism to exist, below the level of awareness of the person. It would be necessary for this quality to move from the pre-conscious self to the conscious self, before the problem could be thoroughly explored on an individual basis. The subtle presence of nihilism can be a constant deterrent to the full embracing of the life-giving properties of the soul.

Nihilism, if left unchecked may gradually diminish any attempt to adhere to an overarching set of values that brings meaning to an individual’s life. A nihilistic attitude could serve to undermine an individual’s effort to enact what is meaningful on a constant basis as a raison d’etre This underlying, undetected nihilistic disposition could conceivably be reframed as a battle between what Freud called thanotos, represented by a nihilistic attitude vs. the life giving qualities of Eros. In terms provided by Judaism, the battle between the yetzer hara (evil inclination), and the yetzer tov (good inclination).

The tension between these two inclinations is what makes us human; for, it is G-d who created us with these two inclinations, in order that we may exercise free will, for the sake of choosing what is good. “I have set before thee life and death, the blessing and the curse; therefore, choose life” (Deuteronomy 30:19, JPS 1917 Tanach). G-d encourages us to choose life; He only wants what is best for us, yet, it is up to us, to put our best foot forward.

Published by Tzvi Fievel

I am a Jewish ba'al teshuvah, having been redirected in life by my belief and practice. I have a B.A. in Psychology and another B.A. in English. Also, I am certified as a pyschophysical re-educator. At current, I am focusing on my writing.

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