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)

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causticity in *my* cauldron

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