Optimistic nihilism (Is life worth living?)

Whether we consider our life worth living is indeed the ultimate existential question. And I am in constant doubt about the answer…

Existentialism is hard, imho, because we have to give meaning to our lives ourselves, but how do you do that if life is ultimately pointless? Albert Camus basically says: there is no point to life and if therefore you don’t think life is worth living, you might as well end it. Which can cause one to slip into dark nihilism: since everything is ultimately pointless, I might as well kill myself.

Now here’s this new video by Kurzgesagt / In a Nutshell, about optimistic nihilism. The video gives Camus’ message a kind of positive twist, saying: there is no point, but there is so much to experience and enjoy, you better have some fun and try to be happy while you are alive. Which sounds better than killing yourself…

So, optimistic nihilism seems to strike the right balance between existentialism (which is hard) and dark nihilism (which is dangerous). Still, it might be hard to do though…