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Erm. Well. Hmm. That would really depend on what kind of nihilism you have in mind, there.
And as my studying days are well behind me, let's look it up in the dictionary:
1. a complete denial of all established authority and institutions
2. philosophy: an extreme form of scepticism that systematically rejects all values, belief in existence, the possibility of communication, etc
3. a revolutionary doctrine of destruction for its own sake
4. the practice or promulgation of terrorism
The last one referring to late 19th C explosive Russian activities, I believe we can safely rule it out as it doesn't apply anymore in today's context... or does it?
So, one by one:
Do I completely deny the legitimicy of our institutions?
- Oh yes. This so-called democracy is a farce, and the old guard will die rather than step down. I can't wait for a complete and shattering upheaval. We're being shafted dry. If I had any talent I'd write a young woman's manifesto. Enough is enough!
Am I a skeptic?
Yes, I am. Doubt is the foundation of a balanced thought process. But I wouldn't go so far as to say there is no attainable truth. Although... *shrugs* I really have no idea.
Am I a destructive revolutionary?
I would be, only I'm much lacking in moral fibre. Revolutionaries are made of harder stuff. Destruction for its own sake? I'm too much of a (day)dreamer to be involved in that...
"I'd rather tear things down than build them up, it's easier that way"
10 nihilistic points for those who find out the track!
But your original question was, has my experience of life nurtured this nihilistic sentiment in me?
That's a tough one. I suppose it has, to some extent. But I've never felt at home with authority, of any kind. So it's also latent...
Although, as I said, I'm more of a backstage revolutionary. And what kind of a revolutionary is that, I ask you...