Which is why Nietzsche speaks of "overcoming nihilism", using Zarathushtra as "the originator of ethics" as his character, perfectly aware of what he is doing in "Also Sprach Zarathustra" (as Nietzsche consequently claims in his following work "Ecce Homo"). So Nietzsch'e historical achievement (in a European and post-Christian achievement) is REALLY the RETURN to the ethics of the original ethicist. How ironic indeed!
2011/9/26 Hampus Lindblad
Best summary I've seen or heard so far!!! So easy and yet so elegant. You overcome nihilism by first acknowledging it and then moving beyond it. Just like how taking a look underneath the bed is the only way for the child to dispel the lurking monster.
On Mon, Sep 26, 2011 at 1:25 PM, Special Kain
I think Zarathushtra's existentialist philosophy is anti-nihilism in the best possible sense.
We believe that there is something rather than nothing (Ahura). We further believe that this Something is made up of causes and effects (Asha). And we see ourselves as part of this Something and therefore as ethically obliged to educate ourselves and interact intelligently with and contribute constructively to this Something (Mazda).
Think of Nietzsche who treated ontology and epistemology as ETHICS!