I normally don’t read or watch blogs or youtube videos with titles along the lines of “PZ Myers is a …”; there are so many of them! And they’re so boring and repetitive and vacuous! But I was stranded in an airport all day yesterday, I was boreed, so I did read Luciano’s “P.Z. Myers Is a Dishonest Social Justice Warrior Who Doesn’t Know What ‘Atheism’ Means”. One small part was so funny it inspired me to create art.
In calling me a “dictionary atheist,” I suppose Myers is upset that I have the audacity to use “atheist” correctly. Moreover, the thing about the logic of Myers’ argument is that he could just as easily be talking about how, for example, nihilists are people, and have responsibilities to each other, and that nihilists’ collective lack of a grand purpose “shapes the pattern of those responsibilities.” This would be absurd, of course, and it shows how porous his definition of atheism is.
Heh. Yes. As it turns out, nihilists are people, and their beliefs do shape the pattern of their responsibilities to other people. Being a nihilist implies certain things about their beliefs and ideas, and how they’re going to interact with the world and others. How can it not?
Well, I suppose it could be the case that someone is using the word “nihilist” as a meaningless label — they picked it from a list of philosophical positions, thought it sounded spiffy, and decided they’d just be one. And then they stopped, didn’t think it through any further, and came to the conclusion that…there were no further conclusions to be drawn from that.
For such people who are Luciano-style nihilists, I thought I’d be helpful and make them a button. Print it out and pin it to your lapel or your hat (fedora, preferably.) Congratulations! You’re a nihilist!