Nihilist poses

by Arran James

How should one respond to the charge of nihilism? By throwing one’s hands in the air and declaring the accusation true? And if the accusation is that one merely poses a nihilism? That it is adopted as an image and a defence. Laughter is the only answer; the same laugh as one might laugh at a child who points to the silliness of adult mating rituals and accuses those adults of adopting poses and of evading the brute fact of sex in their games of seduction. That child, if he never learns to unsee this truth, will never get laid. And as the child knows well, it is all about getting laid.