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This cartoon is supposed to be a parody of those wignut pharmacists who pop up in the news every couple of months by refusing to fill prescriptions for birth control. I got kind of caught up with trying to make logical arguments both for and against nihilism, so this week’s strip comes off as more pedantic than usual, which many scientists believed to be impossible. Hopefully my first use of the word “bullshit” in a comic takes some of the salty pang of pretentiousness out of this cartoon.
I already talked about why those who believe birth control is wrong are morons. Here’s a brief synopsis of that long-winded post:
A fertilized egg is not a person. At some point in the future, and if several favorable variables and conditions are met, it becomes a viable fetus. Something that may become something else in the future is not the same as what it might become, since there are many different possible outcomes for a fertilized egg. And if you’re willing to believe all fertilized eggs are people, which doesn’t make sense, your brain has to do all sorts of crazy shit to justify that nonsense, like believe in angels.
Thankfully, I live in that increasingly marginalized part of the country where pharmacists are required to have a certain level of common sense. However, there is an inverse correlation between Bible nuts and pretentious philosophy majors, and the northeast is clogged with them.
I am a cynical atheist who believes that man is more capable of evil than good, and even I realize Nihilism is bullshit. It’s a juvenile reaction to the notion that the universe is meaningless. Of course it’s meaningless, it’s 99.9999% empty space interspersed with a couple of rocks, one of which we know to be inhabited by a bunch of douchebags.
Just because the universe is meaningless, doesn’t mean existence is. Not to get all Tony Robbins on you, but existence is what you make of it. It’s all in your head, and has as much meaning as you apply to it. While people are certainly free to be Nihilists, that doesn’t prevent the rest of us from perceiving them as gigantic assholes.