The above description represents popular understanding of nihilism. But it is too simplistic to be worthy of philosophical discussion. Nihilism is not only a belief or doctrine. It is a way of life. It is a mode of existence, which is exclusively human. Its genesis lies in the human being's capability too see the inevitability of their deaths. Thought of death generates a sense of anguish in human beings. To be a nihilist means to see starkly into the bottomless abyss of human existence. Nihilism has become pervasive in the modern age. Because modernist ideology has succeeded in marginalising religion from public life which was giving meaning and worth to people's lives till then.
Two philosophers which has grappled with the question of nihilism are Nietzsche and Heidegger. The former proclaimed the death of GOD and the latter made us see the reign of technology as the epitomes of nihilism.
Now the question arises that why are we discussing such a disgusting and negative thing. The answer is this:
WE ALL ARE TODAY LIVING UNDER THE SHADOW OF NIHILISM MORE OR LESS.
What is reigning the world today is not capitalism or liberal democracy but it is the technology or the technological understanding of being as Heidegger puts it. Technology today has engulfed the entire globe. The reign of technology means that human beings are slowly being divested of their humanness. they are being treated as mere resources for economic production. In the future they will be most probably treated as waste materials.
One fallout of this phenomenon is that human beings are slowly becoming incapable of collective action. they are becoming more like isolated units. so, the question arises : what is the wayout for a community like SIKH PANTH whose every activity can only be done collectively? The ghost of nihilism must be subdued before PANTH can act in chardikala.