Black People : Bell Hooks: On Nihilism.

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  1. skuderjaymes

    skuderjaymes Contextualizer Synthesizer MEMBER

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    Nihilism is a direct consequence of the helplessness and powerlessness that unrelenting class exploitation and oppression produce in a culture where everyone, no matter their class, is socialized to desire wealth - to define their value, if not the overall meaning of their lives by material status.

    -bell hooks, Where We Stand: Class Matters
     
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    someone just posted her on my tumblr...

    “I will not have my life narrowed down. I will not bow down to somebody else's whim or to someone else's ignorance.”
    bell hooks
     
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    and....

    Death is with you all the time; you get deeper in it as you move towards it, but it's not unfamiliar to you. It's always been there, so what becomes unfamiliar to you when you pass away from the moment is really life.
    Bell Hooks
     
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    What you,ve described here is called materialism not nihilism. Some authors will redefine everything to fit an agenda. I view nihilism as utterly negative and equate it with cynicism and it borders denialism. Nihilists are also apathetic. While extreme materialism is bad, don't fool yourself and think you can live in this world with water and love and live on a promise of an afterlife. Religion promises a lot but delivers nothing.
     
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    okay,,,i did it again,...i got off-topic... ill come back with info with my input on nihilism. Sorry bout that..
     
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    One issue with so-called equality is that our 'intellectuals' theorize on the masses and necessarily say nothing.

    Before Europeans knew Africans they were in the above sense 'nihilist.' So what? That has absolutely nothing to do with our people.

    bell hooks gets her paycheck from where she does for a reason.
     
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    This doesn't seem like the Nihilism I'm familiar with. Could someone share what definition the author is using? It sounds interesting. At first glance, it looks like thinking that's my kind of left.
     
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