The concept of nihilism is not new--Nietschze declared "God is dead" in 1882. As observation through a famous fictional character, even Shakespeare understood the sensibility before the word was invented.
You have awakened the sleeping giant, too long dormant, but ever present, deep in the American democratic spirit. You have given voice and space to the unspoken feelings of countless others about something that has gone terribly wrong in our society.
Nothing is the positive yet indeterminate impression on the horizon, just before becoming something definite. It is nothing and it is not-nothing. Together with the present, it is the future and it is the past.
Is there an alternative to ideological illusion and the rhetoric of evil? Yes, there is. We must remember our common human vulnerabilities and bring them into a collective conversation within which our existential anxiety can be held and better borne.
These days, memoirists are a dime a dozen. They should update the saying to, "Those who can no longer do, write memoirs. Those who can't write memoirs, teach. Those who can't teach, also write memoirs."
Michael Bennet urged listeners at an LGBT event in Denver not to "give over our town halls and our living rooms to people that are, you know, basically, trafficking in a kind of nihilistic vision of the United States."
All religions may well be ultimately the same, Prothero's book notwithstanding -- systems of practices and beliefs that share many of the same attributes and values, including, perhaps ironically, that of not being literally true.