I'm the Jolly Nihilist, and I approve the implications of this message.
Let us further our descent into the buzzing despair...
I deny the existence of truth with respect to moral issues.
It is thus not true that raping little girls for fun is morally wrong.
there is no clear way to discern what facts might be relevant in judging an action virtuous or wicked.
Their ages notwithstanding.
Are facts of happiness and suffering relevant to moral concerns? Possibly, but that has not been proved, and I see no way it possibly could be
So we must carry on without, and be jolly.
Existence is meaningless and all our actions, in the final analysis, have no enduring consequence.
So whether you're a Democratic activist or a pædophile, it makes no difference. At all.
The cosmos cares nothing for us—as a species or as individuals—and, as such, there is no reason to attach great significance to our silly doings.
I've replaced God with "the cosmos", and neither one cares, so... screw it.
However, our brains are sufficiently evolved to grasp some truths, however tentatively: truths of science, history and mathematics come to mind.
At least, I think they are sufficiently evolved for that.
And I must be very tentative about thinking that our brains are sufficiently evolved to grasp some truths. That might not be true.
Which means it might not be true that there are no moral truths. And it might not be true that I'm jolly, or that I'm a nihilist, or that evolution occurred, or that evidence is a useful guide to truth. But it's NOT tentative that I'm confused, b/c I'm sure enough about these things to make all these dogmatic assertions. Everything is unsure except where I declare certainty to exist.
Second, given the fortunate happenstance of our species' evolution
Which use of "fortunate" shows that I cannot live consistently with the portrait I've just painted.
What I meant was that I'm glad our species has evolved so I can express this utter despair. There is no purpose nor fortune, so pardon me for misspeaking.
Human rights…civil rights…natural rights…these are invented ideas, with no known scientific basis.
Thus they can be discarded at will and whim unless there is a mighty power around to keep the rights we've made up from being discarded.
But we could have evolved in such a way to consider that raping little girls or murdering Jews and Gypsies is a fundamental human right. It didn't happen to turn out that way, but heck, why not?
Luckily, as citizens of the United States, rights were invented for us and spelled out in our Constitution.
There I go with that "luckily" talk again. You'll have to pardon me, since this is rather depressing.
It's my own invented right to talk myself out of suffocating under this stinking muck I talk up so much.
Because our government operates thereunder, these rights always shall be protected (unless they are amended away or a tyrannical government
And either way is neither right nor wrong. So it really doesn't matter.
I advocate abortion rights without restriction.
B/c it's neither more right nor more wrong to kiss a baby than to jab a scalpel into her hypothalamus and dismember her.
I advocate the immediate termination of the Iraq debacle.
B/c it's neither more right nor more wrong to bomb innocent civilians than it is to rescue them from a dictator.
Wait, did I say that right...?
(Edited "evolution" to "evidence". Oops.)