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17th Jun '18 8:56:22 PM ThePhantomoftheButt
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* The title track from Father John Misty's album Pure Comedy presents a heavily cynical and nihilistic view of humanity, society and life in general before ending on a note of optimism and companionship.
-->Oh comedy, oh it's like something that a madman would conceive!\\
The only thing that seems to make them feel alive\\
Is the struggle to survive\\
But the only thing that they request\\
Is something to numb the pain with\\
Until there's nothing human left\\
Just random matter suspended in the dark\\
I hate to say it, but each other's all we've got
15th Jun '18 7:55:09 PM Trogdor
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* "A Song About an Anglerfish" by Music/HankGreen is about a man who realised that the deep sea anglerfish is happy despite having no reason to be happy, and is trying to convince himself to also be happy despite having no reason to be happy.
-->For years this rule has kept me out of hopeless despair\\
You simply do not feel what is always there\\
I ask my brain to entertain that pain is the same\\
That if I feel it all the time, can you really call it pain?
6th Jun '18 1:05:35 AM NickHunter26
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* Meursault, the protagonist of ''Literature/TheStranger''. An incarnation of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Absurdism the philosophy of the Absurd]], Meursault has concluded during his time as a student (precisly when he droped his studies) that life was ultimately futile, as ''everyone'' has to die at some point or another. As such, Meursault considers everything as pointless and doesn't care about his image, his relationships and love, and always speak his mind truly. While the Prosecutor and the Chaplain, opposing Meursault, find the idea of a completely meaningless and final life soul-destroying, Meursault really doesn't mind and is perfectly content to live through his daily and pointless routine, enjoying life's sensual pleasures as they come, but not yearning for them. Once imprisoned and deprived of all his immediate pleasures (swimming in the sea, liying on the sand, women, his cigarettes etc) and his freedom, Meursault quickly learn to adapt and be happy with this life as well, occupiying his time between sleeping and minutely re-examining his memories. At the end of the novel, [[spoiler:having spent his lasts weeks fearing for his near execution, Meursault (after his confrontation with the Chaplain) finally makes peace with his death and the insignificance of human existence and hopes, and concludes that he is happy with his fate and that he realizes that he always has been so]]. If this guy isn't the ultimate exemple of an Optimistic Nihilist...

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* Meursault, the protagonist of ''Literature/TheStranger''. An incarnation of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Absurdism the philosophy of the Absurd]], Meursault has concluded during his time as a student (precisly when he droped his studies) that life was ultimately futile, as ''everyone'' has to die at some point or another. As such, Meursault considers everything as pointless and doesn't care about his image, his relationships and or love, and always speak his mind truly. While the Prosecutor and the Chaplain, opposing Meursault, find the idea of a completely meaningless and final life soul-destroying, Meursault really doesn't mind and is perfectly content to live through his daily and pointless routine, enjoying life's sensual pleasures as they come, but not really yearning for them. Once imprisoned and deprived of all his immediate pleasures (swimming in the sea, liying on the sand, women, his cigarettes smoking cigarettes, etc) and his freedom, Meursault quickly learn to adapt and be happy with this life as well, occupiying his time between sleeping and minutely re-examining his memories. At the end of the novel, [[spoiler:having spent his lasts weeks fearing for his near execution, Meursault (after his confrontation with the Chaplain) finally makes peace with his death and the insignificance of human existence and hopes, and ceasing to hope for another life, concludes that he is happy with his fate life and that he realizes that he always has been so]]. If this guy isn't the ultimate best exemple of an Optimistic Nihilist...
4th Jun '18 10:11:55 AM Zaiaku666
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*** That said, [[WordOfGod Nasu]] himself has come and said this small difference is enough to make so that Shiki and Shirou would never get along.
24th May '18 11:31:42 AM twilightwanderer
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** This also shows up in Creator/MattStover's ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'' works, perhaps most concisely at the end of his {{novelization}} of ''Literature/RevengeOfTheSith.''
-->The dark is generous and it is patient and it always wins but in the heart of its strength lies its weakness: one lone candle is enough to hold it back.
-->Love is more than a candle.
-->Love can ignite the stars.
21st May '18 3:16:17 AM yin_13147
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* ''Anime/DevilmanCrybaby'': Akira Fudo seems like your typical WideEyedIdealist at first, and while he can be idealistic, he's not too naive to believe that love and peace can solve everything. After being informed about the demons, he quickly becomes aware of what a harsh reality the world actually is; nevertheless, he still chooses to fight demons. And despite being gradually broken by the countless losses he experiences throughout the story, he doesn't lose faith in the will of humankind, believing that when faced with the impossible it's better to fight back than do nothing.

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* ''Anime/DevilmanCrybaby'': ''Anime/DevilmanCrybaby'' has Akira Fudo seems like your typical WideEyedIdealist at first, and while Fudo. While he can be idealistic, idealistic at times, he's not too naive to believe that love and peace can solve everything. After being informed about the demons, everything, and he quickly becomes aware of what a harsh reality the world actually is; nevertheless, is after becoming a Devilman. Nevertheless, he still chooses to fight demons. And demons, and despite being gradually broken by the countless losses he experiences throughout the story, experiences, he doesn't lose faith in the will of humankind, believing that when faced with the impossible it's better to fight back than do nothing.
20th May '18 8:18:47 PM VulgarBee
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* ''Anime/DevilmanCrybaby'': Akira Fudo seems like your typical WideEyedIdealist at first, and while he can be idealistic, he's not too naive to believe that love and peace can solve everything. After being informed about the demons, he quickly becomes aware of what a harsh reality the world actually is; nevertheless, he still chooses to fight demons. And despite being gradually broken by the countless losses he experiences throughout the story, he doesn't lose faith in the will of humankind, believing that when faced with the impossible it's better to fight back than do nothing.
8th May '18 11:05:22 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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The philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche is closer to this trope than it is to the "Hollywood version" of nihilism described under StrawNihilist.

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The philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche is closer to this trope than it is to the "Hollywood version" TheThemeParkVersion of nihilism described under StrawNihilist.
8th Apr '18 3:29:31 PM bkitu
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* WebVideo/{{Kurzgesagt}}: Cheerful, colorful videos that frequently describe with brutal honesty how harsh and uncaring the universe is, but always with an eye toward reminding the viewer that the lack of purpose in the universe means that each person is free to find whatever meaning they can, and that time is precious.
1st Apr '18 2:21:14 AM CountDorku
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* ''Literature/ImperialRadch'': Breq gives a speech to this effect in ''Ancillary Mercy''.
-->'''Ekalu:''' And so what's the point, sir? What's the point of talking about training and promotions as though it's all going to just go on like it always has?\\
'''Breq:''' What's the point of anything?\\
'''Ekalu:''' Sir?\\
'''Breq:''' In a thousand years, Lieutenant, nothing you care about will matter. Not even to you - you'll be dead. So will I, and no one alive will care. Maybe - just maybe - someone will remember our names. More likely those names will be engraved on some dusty memorial pin at the bottom of an old box no one ever opens. And that thousand years ''will'' come, and another and another, to the end of the universe. Think of all the gries and tragedies, and yes, the triumphs, buried in the past, millions of years of it. ''Everything'' for the people who lived them. Nothing now.\\
'''Ekalu:''' [[DeadpanSnarker I'll have to remember, sir, if I'm ever feeling down, that you know how to cheer me right up.]]\\
'''Breq:''' The point is, there is no point. Choose your own.
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