On nihilism and enthusiasm

Nihilism and enthusiasm can manifest in association with both connectivity and freshness.

There is the nihilism to be found in too many inheritances, the burden of history, a tangled nightmare from which one tries to awake; and there is the nihilism found in isolation, alienation, lack of reference points, the terror of infinity.

There is the enthusiasm to be found in deep connections, multiple correspondences, a heady excess of relationships; and there is the enthusiasm found in an open road, the blue sky, the shedding of the weight of obligations and contact.

Any philosophy of enthusiasm that sides with either connectivity or freshness condemns itself to obvious shadows.