Whence comes nihilism, the uncanniest of all guests?
By Lou Keep
Friedrich Nietzsche was most famously concerned with the problem of nihilism. All societies, in his view, rely on implicit value judgments. If the foundations of these are lost, he predicts terrible consequences: widespread apathy or violent, fanatical attempts to reclaim a sense of purpose, or perhaps both. We talk about values a lot, and we know they do something, but we have little idea how. Compounding this is uncertainty over their loss. Nihilism is not a choice or intellectual commitment, but a thing that comes upon you. As Nietzsche put it in 1885: ‘Nihilism stands at the door. Whence comes this uncanniest of all guests?’
The Dying Art of Disagreement
By Bret Stephens
Let me begin with thanks to the Lowy Institute for bringing me all the way to Sydney and doing me the honor of hosting me here this evening.
I’m aware of the controversy that has gone with my selection as your speaker. I respect the wishes of the Colvin family and join in honoring Mark Colvin’s memory as a courageous foreign correspondent and an extraordinary writer and broadcaster. And I’d particularly like to thank Michael Fullilove for not rescinding the invitation.
Why You Should (and Shouldn’t Be) Monogamous
By Tauriq Moosa
Why should you only have sex with the person you are in a relationship with?
After all, there exist many successful relationships involving people having passionate interactions, of whatever kind, with people other than their primary partner. This is done with their primary partner’s knowledge and consent and, presumably, consenting to their primary partner doing the same.
“Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.” – Confucius
“Only the brave are free.” – Seneca
“You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Silence is true wisdom’s best reply.” – Euripides
“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” – William James
“I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self.” – Aristotle
“It is true and always will be true that virtue is the highest wisdom.” – Soren Kierkegaard