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16th Aug '16 4:18:39 AM Bootlebat
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* [[GoodBadGirl Greta Christina]] of the [[http://the-orbit.net/greta/ blog of the same name]]
31st Jul '16 7:40:33 PM HighCrate
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* UsefulNotes/{{Buddhism}} is considered by some to be an early example.

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* UsefulNotes/{{Taoism}} is mostly about this trope, especially the original, philosophical Taoism.

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31st Jul '16 7:36:41 PM HighCrate
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* Arguably, Ralph, Piggy and Simon in ''Literature/LordOfTheFlies''. The primary theme of the novel is the regression of humans when removed from the rules and order of society. Ralph and Piggy ruminate on the fact that structure and meaning of the "real world" doesn't apply to their island, but they still commit themselves to maintaining order and peace. All the others, without anything to control them, quickly fall into anarchy and violence.

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* Arguably, Ralph, Piggy and Simon in ''Literature/LordOfTheFlies''. The primary theme of the novel is the regression of humans when removed from the rules and order of society. Ralph and Piggy ruminate on the fact that structure and meaning of the "real world" doesn't apply to their island, but they still commit themselves to maintaining order and peace. All the others, without anything to control them, quickly fall into anarchy and violence.
29th Jul '16 4:27:45 PM RuTsuna
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* The {{Final Boss}}es of ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' heavily imply that this is the reason why Sans acts the way he does. He mentions during banter in the No Mercy run that he gave up trying to go back long ago after he figured out the nature of determination and the ability to SAVE.
25th Jul '16 4:26:49 PM DennisRodquin
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** As of Season 3, Bojack himself seems to have become one.
-->'''Bojack:''' See, Sarah Lynn? We're not doomed. In the great, grand scheme of things, we're just tiny specks that will one day be forgotten. So it doesn't matter what we did in the past, or how we'll be remembered. The only thing that matters is right now, this moment, this one spectacular moment we are sharing together. Right, Sarah Lynn?
24th Jul '16 7:00:43 AM TheycallmeBrick
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->''"There can't possibly be any meaning in this world. But isn't that wonderful in its own right? Because if there isn't any, we can find our own."''
-->-- '''2nd Lt. Felicia Heidemann''', a {{Moe}} ShellShockedVeteran, ''Anime/SoundOfTheSky''

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->''"There can't possibly be any meaning in this world. But isn't ->''"I bet your parents taught you that wonderful you mean something, that you're here for a reason. My parents taught me a different lesson, dying in its own right? Because the gutter for no reason at all. They taught me the world only makes sense if there isn't any, we can find our own.you force it to."''
-->-- '''2nd Lt. Felicia Heidemann''', a {{Moe}} ShellShockedVeteran, ''Anime/SoundOfTheSky''
'''Bruce Wayne''', ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice''
14th Jul '16 4:42:37 PM Fireblood
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* As alleged writer of ''Literature/TheBible Ecclesiastes'', King Solomon can be considered this, even to the point some people argue it inspired Buddhism at some degree. It doesn't negate the existence of God, but doesn't shy away from detailing the futility of human life or the acts of humanity as a whole but explains the joy of it and good actions, gives an overall more tolerant feeling to the bible and also makes it more flexible giving a broader context to the whole christian religion in overall.
* Usually, this is the classical response of agnostics, atheists, deists, Epicureans and the like to accusations of nihilism and hedonism; since some theists think that if there is no god or gods (or the god in question is apathetic) who will give us a meaning in such a miserable life, everyone would be DrivenToSuicide. "The fact that we have only one life to live should make it all the more precious." Also, some philosophers say that one must find their own meaning in life, not a pre-made one.
** Most people of faith also tend to have this view, albeit for different reasons. It seems that no matter what happens to them, they will still have faith in God and in the world around them.
*** Myth/NorseMythology had a similar view: ''"Cattle die and kinsmen die, thyself too soon must die, but one thing never, I ween, will die,--fair fame of one who has earned."'' Though the Norse believed in several afterlives, they did not consider the deeds done in life as the key to a certain afterlife like Valhalla, but the manner of death. Instead they spoke for giving oneself a good reputation because that was the only thing that would be left of them in this world.



* Usually, this is the Classical response of agnostics, deists, Epicureans and the like to accusations of nihilism and hedonism; since some theists think that if there is no god or gods (or the god in question is apathetic) who will give us a meaning in such a miserable life, everyone would be DrivenToSuicide. "The fact that we have only one life to live should make it all the more precious." Also, some philosophers say that one must find their own meaning in life, not a pre-made one.
** Most people of faith also tend to have this view, albeit for different reasons. It seems that no matter what happens to them, they will still have faith in God and in the world around them.
*** Myth/NorseMythology had a similar view: ''"Cattle die and kinsmen die, thyself too soon must die, but one thing never, I ween, will die,--fair fame of one who has earned."'' Though the Norse believed in several afterlives, they did not consider the deeds done in life as the key to a certain afterlife like Valhalla, but the manner of death. Instead they spoke for giving oneself a good reputation because that was the only thing that would be left of them in this world.



* As alleged writer of ''Literature/TheBible Ecclesiastes'' King Solomon can be considered this, even to the point some people argue it inspired Budhism at some degree. It doens't negate the existance of God but doesn't shy in detailing the futility of human life or the acts of humanity as a whole but explains the joy of it and good actions, gives an overall more tolerant feeling to the bible and also makes it more flexible giving a broader context to the whole christian religion in overall.
8th Jul '16 3:24:35 AM lavendermintrose
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* Shiro in ''Anime/{{K}}'', who's in a lot of ways a LighterAndSofter version of Lelouch, has this philosophy, and it ends up sort of becoming the philosophy of the series - see the end of season 2 where [[spoiler: Shiro tells Nagare that he's okay with destroying the Slates because all they really need is a warm meal and friends to share it with - and Nagare realizing as he loses that he also would have been happier enjoying that than trying to upend the world.]]
4th Jul '16 7:22:49 AM DrImpossible
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* The book of Ecclesiastes in Literature/TheBible is perhaps a rare theistic example of this. The author goes through the whole of human experience and shows how meaningless it all is, and how we can barely fathom the way of things, or of God, the evils that occur, and how no matter what you do we all die anyway; yet still finds time to point out that some things are better than others, to make the most of life, and above all to remember God.



* Creator/AlbertCamus, despite ''Literature/TheStranger''. In his essay ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Myth_of_Sisyphus The Myth of Sisyphus]]'' he argues that the absurdity of life is in fact an invitation for human beings to experience revolt, freedom and passion and not in fact a valid reason to commit suicide (which he argues is even ''more'' absurd than life itself), concluding with the thought that "The struggle itself [...] is enough to fill a man's heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy."

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* Creator/AlbertCamus, despite of ''Literature/TheStranger''. In his essay ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Myth_of_Sisyphus The Myth of Sisyphus]]'' he argues that the absurdity of life is in fact an invitation for human beings to experience revolt, freedom and passion and not in fact a valid reason to commit suicide (which he argues is even ''more'' absurd than life itself), concluding with the thought that "The struggle itself [...] is enough to fill a man's heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy."



* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKR-HydGohQ This video]] was made after its creator visited Chernobyl. Though he himself describes the the point of view as nihilistic in the video, it actually sums up this trope simply and eloquently.

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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKR-HydGohQ This video]] was made after its creator visited Chernobyl. Though he himself He describes the the point of view as nihilistic in the video, and it actually sums up this trope simply and eloquently.
4th Jul '16 7:18:09 AM DrImpossible
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* There might be older instances of this trope that couldn't be properly called nihilists, since they predate the movement, but they should go through a Discussion first, so as not to dissolve the trope into meaninglessness.



* This trope is basically the gist of the website humorously named [[http://www.anus.com ANUS]] (acronym for American Nihilist Underground Society).

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* This trope is basically the gist basis of the website humorously named [[http://www.anus.com ANUS]] (acronym for American Nihilist Underground Society).
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