Optimistic Nihilism

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Optimistic Nihilism


  1. Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell

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    2 jaar geleden

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    • Vijay Lohar

      Vijay Lohar

      7 dagen geleden


    • Flurry Quackers

      Flurry Quackers

      9 dagen geleden


    • Črt Kolenc

      Črt Kolenc

      17 dagen geleden

      We could be Fortnite gamers?

    • Matt Gordon

      Matt Gordon

      20 dagen geleden

      so my ra stopped at my dorm yesterday and helped me fixed the light then she asked for my number so she can text me school Information to me. then she saw the area code and she's like where are you from and turn out we from same place. so before she left she said she's gonna take care of me because I'm from her home town. then she texted me her full name including middle name?? then couple days later she texted me the additional school information without me even asking her. and she's not even my RA. she is just an on duty RA. does she like me? I was really formal maybe that's bad? she was joking around but I'm too akward so I said thank you and that's it.

    • Cez Are

      Cez Are

      Maand geleden

      Wonderful video, but maybe it's better to be motivated by extreme fear of death.. Fear should motivate people to incredible extreme activity every day. So every day to hard work, every day to be afraid, every day to enjoy life and your result. Can you advise me how to do it? I think to try stop breathing for one minute and vividly imagine the last breath in my life, then to lie to myself that it makes sense to all. But if i don't know why, it doesn't make sense. Can you help me(us)?

  2. Adam Teeple

    Adam Teeple

    Uur geleden

    There could be billions of planets with intelligent life wondering if they are alone in the universe Earth might be the only one

  3. Rebecca Haynes

    Rebecca Haynes

    Uur geleden

    Ummm did you say this video is supposed to be less depressing and make us feel better?

  4. Raptor Jesus

    Raptor Jesus

    4 uur geleden

    2:27 i'm an optimistic nihilist and agreed i don't worry about being dead, however i worry every day about the inevitable experience of DYING.

  5. HAS Chocolate

    HAS Chocolate

    6 uur geleden

    Thank you Kurzgesagt, Thank you Elon Musk. I am appreciating my existence more, i will have fun in this playground

  6. Lidia López Pereda

    Lidia López Pereda

    7 uur geleden

    ¿Optimistic nihilism = Existentialism?

  7. Bhagwandas Ramchandani

    Bhagwandas Ramchandani

    8 uur geleden

    In short it is saying: If universe does not give an F about you, then you should also not care about it and live your life as happy as possible.

  8. anon


    11 uur geleden

    Incredible. Thank you so much

  9. Skiddly dongdongdong dang

    Skiddly dongdongdong dang

    12 uur geleden


  10. Lerros ID

    Lerros ID

    13 uur geleden


  11. Ablaze moon357

    Ablaze moon357

    17 uur geleden

    Okay then.. wow.. um, shit

  12. vlad gociu

    vlad gociu

    17 uur geleden

    So if i am not my self, I live life in the wrong wey?

  13. MachineThatCreates


    18 uur geleden

    The only thing more important than Life is your life. Life can be hard to enjoy but easy to experience...so just enjoy the experience.

  14. Kishin Asura

    Kishin Asura

    19 uur geleden

    Can I crusade in the name of the God Emperor?

  15. science wizard

    science wizard

    20 uur geleden

    1:05 i'm in love with that drawing of the sun

  16. iamtheyorkiemom


    23 uur geleden

    It occurs to me that someone is throwing around words like 'never' more than he should! NO ONE KNOWS THAT!!!

  17. Orion’s universe Part 2

    Orion’s universe Part 2

    Dag geleden

    Scary and interesting! Well done, Kurzgesagt!

  18. Muninn Myrkvi

    Muninn Myrkvi

    Dag geleden

    Hey this is cool and all but I made some errors in the character creation process. I really wish I could have some alts to fall back on.

  19. Kristofer Noelke

    Kristofer Noelke

    Dag geleden

    ...so, it’s just existentialism?

  20. ghost in the darkness

    ghost in the darkness

    Dag geleden

    That’s soooooooo crazy to think about , the close your eyes part ... wow .. so trippy... if I think there is nothing after . I’m a huge believer in something after .l not sure it’s all a matrix or whatever . But something

  21. Phoque Anonyme

    Phoque Anonyme

    Dag geleden

    "Our videos induce existential dread in many people" - Damn right !

  22. ȶɦɛֆɦɨռʏɛռɖ


    Dag geleden

    thanks helped a lot! with the Dread!

  23. oluwa doy

    oluwa doy

    Dag geleden

    But what if this isn't our one shot at life What if we're stuck in a loop But cannot know it What if the universe dies and restarts Everytime 😐

    • love_radiation


      Dag geleden

      No it's not.

  24. イレイナ


    Dag geleden

    To the time to live, rather than to life in time

  25. イレイナ


    Dag geleden

    To the time to life, rather than to life in time .--Blaise Pascal

  26. Bibek


    Dag geleden

    This video hits directly where it hurts.

  27. Megg


    Dag geleden

    Happy to say I can’t relate to feeling like this at all! I’ve read the bible and that’s where I can find hope in all this mess

  28. Thom35UO


    Dag geleden

    Nihilism: Life sucks Optimistic Nihilism: I'm gonna pretend I didn't see that

  29. Ezequiel Sanchez

    Ezequiel Sanchez

    Dag geleden

    By far....and I would gladly use one of your cool animations to illustrate it.....my new favourite YT subscription.

  30. Metal wizard

    Metal wizard

    Dag geleden

    Like thanks

  31. Supreem Court

    Supreem Court

    Dag geleden

    The closest thing to death is sleep. But during our day jobs all we can think of is sleeping.

  32. dragonfiremalus


    2 dagen geleden

    Thanks to denial, I'm immortal.

  33. GlopyGloop


    2 dagen geleden

    *basically cooler masochism*

  34. Comfortably Numb

    Comfortably Numb

    2 dagen geleden

    Nihilism, optimistic nihilism, existential nihilism, moral nihilism what ever man it doesn't make sense and if I have purpose in life that is win- win situation even if Nihilism is true...

    • Nick V

      Nick V

      2 dagen geleden

      Well, you can still create your own purpose, nihilism just takes away the "I'm scared to fail in life" part.

  35. BlindingShadow


    2 dagen geleden

    'bonus points if you help build a galactic empire' Kurzgesagt what have you done

  36. Q Nor

    Q Nor

    2 dagen geleden

    Это просто оптимизм. Оптимизм никак не меняет суть нигилизма: желания также не имеют значения (заложенные в генах или появившиеся в течении жизни), они также были сформированы последовательностью бессмысленных событий. Так что нигилизм нельзя "исправить" чем-либо, только проигнорировать. И вот мой вопросы, на которые я сам был бы рад получить ответы, что делать? Желания разнообразны и противоречивы, какие из них должны быть в приоритете? Можно ли вообще выделять одни из других? Если нет, то что делать? Если да, то почему? Кажется, Kurzgesagt не захотели продумывать жизненный путь и остановились на книгах с собачками и поплыли по течению желаний дальше, как раньше, до того как поняли нигилизм. Возможно, это единственный путь для всех нас.

  37. nabily2k


    2 dagen geleden

    Just when the video was ending with a positive note... next recommended kurzgesagt video "Nuclear Death". Thanks a lot kurzgesagt you do what you do best!

  38. Henry Rothert

    Henry Rothert

    2 dagen geleden

    “Life is not a question, there does not need to be an answer” - a robot in no man’s sky

  39. Baron Georges Cuvier

    Baron Georges Cuvier

    2 dagen geleden

    Its a great video thank you kurzgesagt 😊

  40. SkedgyEdgy


    2 dagen geleden

    the music in this video is so amazing i can't even begin to describe how perfect it is

  41. ollie time beech

    ollie time beech

    2 dagen geleden

    nihilism: this is miserable. optimistic nihilism: oh this is miserable, im IN

  42. Marco Daniel

    Marco Daniel

    2 dagen geleden

    During this pandemic i've been really interested in philosophy and videos like this definitely changed how i see the world. My thanks to all the Kurzgesagt team for helping me in this process, i am forever grateful for that.

  43. Franek Kuś

    Franek Kuś

    3 dagen geleden

    Isn't that basically existentialism tho?

  44. nulkelvin


    3 dagen geleden

    This is a life changing video for me, I had never thought about this perspective.

  45. finn


    3 dagen geleden

    is this not just existentialism nihilism gets rid of the possibility of creating meaning in fact that act is also meaningless u cannot create meaning yr just doing what feels good. thats just human instinct. even if a separate ideology its a contradiction in itself

    • Islands Fuldkorn

      Islands Fuldkorn

      17 uur geleden

      @finn No? When i mean subjective, i also mean arbitrary. Outside of subjetice human consciousness, there doesn’t seem to exist any meaning or purpose.

    • finn


      17 uur geleden

      @Islands Fuldkorn The meaning that is created is meaningless i was referring to the act of creation of meaning not saying that the meaning created holds any true value besides making meaninglessness feel better its not a contradiction I was just using a phrase to show the act Also your original contention was that with nihilism you can create meaning to life that is beyond just arbitrary to make your life feel better, no?

    • Islands Fuldkorn

      Islands Fuldkorn

      20 uur geleden

      @finn I simply believe you’re just plain wrong now. We can create our own purpose in life, and give meaning to our existence. Just because there is no evidence for an objective purpose for our existence, doesnt mean that subjective beliefs are meaningless to us. “Creating meaning is only something we do to make this meaningless life feel better”. Dont you see how you are contradicting yourself now? If we have created a meaning for our existence, life suddenly has meaning for us. It is no longer meaningless at this point. You should stop looking at the objective point of view, as you and I seem to be perceiving the world through ourselves. You and I truly know nothing outside of ourselves, hence the meaning we create does exist in usZ

    • finn


      21 uur geleden

      @Islands Fuldkorn Our opinions differ on the act of assigning meaning and whether or not that meaning exists if I’m understanding you correctly. You think that because whatever meaning one would assign to life is meaningful to that person thus being a meaningful act. its meaningful because it is to you. That however is not where my opinion stops and heres where we differ. Something being meaningful to you is entirely arbitrary it means nothing because we dont have the power to create meaning out of meaninglessness we cannot change the fact there is no meaning to this existence and making one up is only something to make enduring this meaningless life feel better

    • Islands Fuldkorn

      Islands Fuldkorn

      Dag geleden

      ​@finn Well yes, the subjective meaning we give things matters to ourselves. Whether or not I'm going to endure a meaningless existence is up to myself. If I create a meaning for my existence, my life suddenly has purpose based on the subjective purpose/meaning I've given my life. Whether or not this purpose inherintly exists in the universe is a different question, which seems to point to absence of purpose, in an objective manner. Maybe I just don't understand why a subjective purpose suddenly becomes irrelevant with regards to my existence. Whether or not my existence is meaningless is based upon my own thoughts about my existence, not on an objective foundation. Whats your point in this regard?

  46. Milkon Toast772

    Milkon Toast772

    3 dagen geleden


  47. Saltysweet


    3 dagen geleden

    close your eyes, count to one - that is how long forever feels. my favourite quote ever

  48. Jonathan Israelson

    Jonathan Israelson

    3 dagen geleden

    The unmesered part is the force

  49. Dwi Hokaiho

    Dwi Hokaiho

    3 dagen geleden

    isn't this is just existentialism?

  50. Lucas


    3 dagen geleden

    Without drawing a direct comparison, this seems a lot like Absurdism

  51. The Truth

    The Truth

    3 dagen geleden

    "That they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us" Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hears my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. Their is more to existence than just this life.

  52. Oscar Herden

    Oscar Herden

    3 dagen geleden

    So absurdism?

    • Islands Fuldkorn

      Islands Fuldkorn

      2 dagen geleden

      @Oscar Herden But they are intertwined in a lot of ways so it seems like you're just nitpicking now.

    • Oscar Herden

      Oscar Herden

      2 dagen geleden

      @Islands Fuldkorn okay but what you described before is existentialism

    • Islands Fuldkorn

      Islands Fuldkorn

      2 dagen geleden

      @Oscar Herden Nihilism (/ˈnaɪ(h)ɪlɪzəm, ˈniː-/; from Latin nihil 'nothing') is a philosophy, or family of views within philosophy, expressing negation towards general aspects of life that are widely accepted within humanity as *objectively* real,[1][2] such as knowledge, existence, and the meaning of life.[3][4] Different nihilist positions hold variously that human values are baseless, that life is meaningless, that knowledge is impossible, or that some set of entities do not exist.[5][6]

    • Oscar Herden

      Oscar Herden

      2 dagen geleden

      @Islands Fuldkorn thats not what nihilism is

    • Islands Fuldkorn

      Islands Fuldkorn

      2 dagen geleden

      NO. Absurdism suggests we live in a purposeless world, whereas nihlism suggests there is no objective purpose, but it is up to us to create our own subjective purposes.

  53. William Lazenby

    William Lazenby

    3 dagen geleden

    I watch this video every couple of months. It helps. It helps so fucking much. Kurzgesagt, thank you.

  54. Paco García

    Paco García

    3 dagen geleden

    Yes, finally some Nietzsche philosophy on my recommended

  55. Rugged Lemmings

    Rugged Lemmings

    3 dagen geleden

    Nothing is an absolute reality; all is permitted.

  56. Bushfriend27


    4 dagen geleden

    Its weird I’ve had that philosophy for quite a while but I haven’t quite put a name on it.

  57. Amma Yen

    Amma Yen

    4 dagen geleden

    I dunno why this came up in my recommendations and I dunno if it makes me feel happy or sad 😅

  58. Adada


    4 dagen geleden

    Thats how I was thinking about it for a long time, great video with simple, yet powerful message. Once you get out of the valley of dispair, of inevitable existational crisis, you’ll realise, you are free. Be free!

  59. Aliya M

    Aliya M

    4 dagen geleden

    I like this idea but the only thing I don't like about it is that some people really think it's okay to do whatever they want as long as they're not caught which causes the harm and suffering of other people and animals. That's the cost of not believing in some sort of outer accountability, we get people who don't fear anything except law (and some don't even fear that) and what is good and evil can be decided by each individual person.

    • Aliya M

      Aliya M

      2 dagen geleden

      @Islands Fuldkorn It doesn't sound nice to live in a world in which good and bad depends on each person's morals. A world like that would be a very bad place with some politicians believing it's okay to destroy other countries with nuclear weapons, some people believing that committing crimes against those they don't like is fine, some believing that abusing their children and spouse is alright etc. I honestly think it's better for people to believe in a lie and do good than not believe in it and feel free to do bad without being held to account for their actions

    • Islands Fuldkorn

      Islands Fuldkorn

      2 dagen geleden

      What do you mean when you say you dont like that fact? There is nothing good and evil, there is nothing objectivly immoral or moral. Sure one can control people if one gets them to believe in a made up indoctrinated belief system, and that could be rather effective, but it doesn't sound like a world that is actually pleasent to live in, cause youre living your whole life in a lie then, believing that the purpose of life is to be found within those parameters that have been placed in the forms of norms, rules, laws and expectations.

  60. Adam Teeple

    Adam Teeple

    4 dagen geleden

    Probably the best argument for atheism

  61. Adam Teeple

    Adam Teeple

    4 dagen geleden

    Finally a way to describe how I see the world

    • stankyrearend


      4 dagen geleden

      bud, i felt the same way. finally a name to how i felt.

  62. Aria M

    Aria M

    4 dagen geleden

    Pixar's new movie Soul made me feel just like this video did

  63. Pokepoke18


    4 dagen geleden

    I only used 14 years of- however long i live. And i will certainly take this video too heart

  64. Alex Tanell

    Alex Tanell

    4 dagen geleden

    Galatctic Empire It is then

  65. Gargar Bad

    Gargar Bad

    4 dagen geleden

    The Anti-Nihilist from TVTropes sounds very similar to this It literally helped me undo the years of depression I experienced, if only I watched this video sooner

  66. Danny L.

    Danny L.

    4 dagen geleden

    I'm 13 and this is deep

  67. Isayah Wheeler

    Isayah Wheeler

    4 dagen geleden

    In a few of my psych classes in college this was referred to as western humanism. I love this concept and it really keeps me from living an unfulfilled life. I only have data that concludes this is my one and only shot, so make it worth it

  68. Rishank Sharma

    Rishank Sharma

    4 dagen geleden

    If forever feels like a second after death then I think it's safe to say that universe dies with us when we die

  69. NoNameNeeded ToWatchVideos

    NoNameNeeded ToWatchVideos

    4 dagen geleden

    Making the galactic empire and even that of one person worth it, instead of a shame on the galactic scale and personal. confused ideology political idea leading to abuse over meaning cant be there for one. The one that should be ill leave blank as well (for you)

  70. Yo !

    Yo !

    4 dagen geleden

    We're gonna die anyway, what's there to lose. Just exist for now I guess.

  71. Rattatatacate


    4 dagen geleden

    This video gives me hope 💗

  72. James Blanchard

    James Blanchard

    4 dagen geleden

    Building a Galactic Human Empire... that’s a lot of pressure.

  73. Ammon Jessop

    Ammon Jessop

    4 dagen geleden

    Bonus points? Guess I'll go for a high score.

  74. Fritschi


    4 dagen geleden

    Im always coming back to this video for its incredible soundtrack.

    • Xenøphørm


      4 dagen geleden

      Just listen to it on Spotify or NLcameras Music LOL

  75. Surge


    4 dagen geleden

    As a man I once knew said, “Life without Death is Meaningless.”

  76. Carolina C

    Carolina C

    4 dagen geleden

    I wish yall would put the Optimistic Nihilism poster design on a hoodie.

  77. Aryan Srivastava

    Aryan Srivastava

    5 dagen geleden

    why can't i do more than just liking a video? i mean. how do i express gratitude in a better way? if any of the creators are reading this, thank you. You're doing a wonderful job.

  78. Demr


    5 dagen geleden

    The purpose of life generally is to reproduce. As human beings, since we're more intelligent than other animals we can understand that life is not all about reproduction (thanks to our beautiful brains), we have emotions and thoughts, those things are just made in our heads, that's why we're beautiful, we're like babies that imagine how the world works and how you pay bills, but unlike babies we will never grow. So at the end, the purpose of life is to have fun and make other people happy!

  79. ewoud van aalst

    ewoud van aalst

    5 dagen geleden

    “Close you eyes. Count to one. That’s how long forever feels” This line probably made me less scared of death if there is no afterlife

  80. doot poot

    doot poot

    5 dagen geleden

    "our videos cause existential dread in many people." ngl that's a bit understated.

  81. Dr Rabbity

    Dr Rabbity

    5 dagen geleden

    Kurzgesagt: bonus points if you make other people's live better. more bonus points if you make humanity into a galactic empire. Me and da boys: WE GOING FOR THEM EXTRA BONUS POINTS!

  82. Chance Hunsley

    Chance Hunsley

    5 dagen geleden

    ight well if the universe has no meaning and I can do whatever I want. then I'll just become a psychopath😂

  83. Kevin Randal Rulach

    Kevin Randal Rulach

    5 dagen geleden

    These videos are soo nice. I badly wanna give you guys money and make others invest in you all.. you all deserve a fair share in discovery science :-)



    5 dagen geleden

    We're the sensory organs pf the universe. That seems so right.

  85. Amos :P

    Amos :P

    5 dagen geleden

    I wonder what conclusion an Artificial Superintelligence would come to if it has the ability to feel emotion and they were asked this question

  86. Sunny Parkk

    Sunny Parkk

    5 dagen geleden


  87. Gabriel Dias

    Gabriel Dias

    6 dagen geleden

    That philosophy always help me to get out of my depressing thoughts.

  88. Risalah Al Hukmi

    Risalah Al Hukmi

    6 dagen geleden

    This is exactly what Nietzsche said. Nietzsche wanted to overcome Schopenhauer's pessimistic nihilism by promoting active/optimistic nihilism. (See The Gay Science and The Will to Power)

  89. Syed Nouman

    Syed Nouman

    6 dagen geleden

    I watch this video like at least once a week, is that normal?

    • Lightspeed


      5 dagen geleden

      No, it's neccessary.

  90. born to live

    born to live

    6 dagen geleden

    You gave my thoughts a meaning



    6 dagen geleden

    I don't think we're assigned to do anything here. Life just happens to us we gotta be thankful that we got this precious experience of living a life. Just do what you want without troubling your fellow "passengers", in the end you'll only remember the days that you were the happiest. That's my philosophy to life.

  92. Raheel Hasan

    Raheel Hasan

    6 dagen geleden

    Ah the videogames.. 🤔

  93. Shannon Nauman

    Shannon Nauman

    6 dagen geleden

    Wow, after a pep talk like that , I feel like I can reach the stars. I think nihilists, might be a bit inside to be able to to be able to carry on with purpose and our life is of no significance. This make me think of a hampster, happily running nowhere on his she'll. Crazy.

  94. Not Anonymous

    Not Anonymous

    6 dagen geleden

    i personally prefer Nihilistic Optimisim

  95. Not Anonymous

    Not Anonymous

    6 dagen geleden

    this kinda helps me understand school shooters more...

  96. Franker Z

    Franker Z

    6 dagen geleden

    this, rick and morty come watch tv scene and invadervie noscope meme all have the same vibe

  97. Watch The Social Dilemma

    Watch The Social Dilemma

    7 dagen geleden

    Hi. I recommend you watch the documentary "Processed People". I'm not a troll, just someone who wants to spread awareness. Why? Well, because: "A deadly global pandemic makes one thing abundantly clear: Your health needs to be a priority. Not just someday, but right now. Did you know... Obesity, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, type 2 diabetes, cancer, and other chronic illnesses are all fueled by diet and lifestyle choices - and they make infections more dangerous." This was a quote from the "Food Revolution Summit Website", which you can visit. Please just consider it, it won't cost you anymore than a little bit of time, and you could actually benefit from it. Thanks.

  98. Nicholas Pham

    Nicholas Pham

    7 dagen geleden

    I lost it when the pussy was kicked at 3:58.

  99. 64_bit


    7 dagen geleden

    3:44 if you liked this video, I highly, _highly_ recommend the book Cat's Cradle. it takes this concept and runs with it, deconstructing culture, religion, politics, identity, and every other social structure we cling to. it's super liberating to understand why we seek meaning in the things we do and how it impacts our identity and perception of others. personally, it made me much more accepting of other people's beliefs and ideas. (read the book as if it was a giant allegory, though; it's nonsensical asf)

  100. Daxos


    7 dagen geleden

    How stupid and promoting atheism