causticity in *my* cauldron

The caustic strength of nihilism is ‘absolute’, Nietzsche argues, and under its withering scrutiny the highest values devalue themselves. The aim is lacking, and ‘Why’ finds no answer”. Inevitably, nihilism will expose all cherished beliefs and sacrosanct truths as symptoms of a defective Western mythos. This collapse of meaning, relevance, and purpose will be the most destructive force in history, constituting a total assault on reality and nothing less than the greatest crisis of humanity:

What I relate is the history of the next two centuries. I describe what is coming, what can no longer come differently: the advent of nihilism. . . . For some time now our whole European culture has been moving as toward a catastrophe, with a tortured tension that is growing from decade to decade: restlessly, violently, headlong, like a river that wants to reach the end. . . . [Will to Power, 1888]

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