I appreciate the amusement of your condescension. It’s funny that you should say, “For those who aren’t so cynical there’s a lot more to be said.” In fact, a lot of that other stuff to be said was said by me — in the thousands of pages I’ve written that undermine your strawman simplification of my views.

For example, just last week I wrote, “Life’s Absurdity and the True Threat of Nihilism,” which argues against nihilism on the grounds that life does have meaning because of the inherent comedy and aesthetic properties throughout nature.

On my blog I argued at great length against R. Scott Bakker’s eliminativism (his view that we’re practically robots lacking what we think of naively as consciousness, reason, and freewill).

And I also showed the objective ways in which the universe is monstrous. (I just added a link to that article in the above Medium article, to clarify what I mean by “monstrous.”)

In short, I do think people have inherent worth, because of our potential to transcend nature’s monstrous absurdity, although our value should be understand mainly in the aesthetic terms of our anomalousness, novelty, and creativity.

Do I get to offer you a piece of condescending personal advice in turn? If so, I’d say you should do more research instead of just pretending you understand something.

Knowledge condemns. Art redeems. I learned that as an artistic writer who did a doctorate in philosophy. We should try to see the dark comedy in all things.

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