for those of you interested in philosophy and understanding what is out there, check out www.allaboutphilosophy.org for very easy to follow articles on historical and prevailing philosophies, their origins and how they stack up to scripture.
i was particulary interested these excerpts from the article on 'nihilism' which, "labels all things as worthless, therefore nothing can be known or communicated."
practical application of this philosophy can yield some 'interesting' results:
"political nihilism advocates the prior destruction of all existing political, social, and religious orders as as prerequisite for any future improvement."
morally nihilism "rejects the possibility of absolute moral or ethical values. good and evil are vague, and related values are simply the result of social and emotional pressures"
finally, existential nihilism affirms that "life has no intrinsic meaning or value."
the article further suggests that the ultimate personal costs of subscribing to such philosophy is complete mental, emotional, and moral disintegration as may be demonstrated by the life of friedrich nietzsche (nihilism's father) who, "upon seeing a horse mistreated,...began sobbing uncontrollably and collapsed into a catatonic state and ...died August 25, 1900, diagnosed as utterly insane."