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Nihilism: East And West

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The 20th century, and now into the 21st century, has seen the fulfillment of both greatest desires and greatest nightmares, for it was the century of ambition. This is certainly true of the West, and expects the rest of the world to catch up, in wealth and perhaps in Faustian bargains as well. Thus Nazi Germany was in many ways a nihilistic Nietzchian state, while Imperial Japan of that era was merely an imperialistic one. The leaders of Imperial Japan of same era were also somewhat like Homeric warriors in their own ideals, yet whatever sadism they encouraged or overlooked under stress, the Rape of Nanking and the brutalities upon the evacuation of Manila come to mind, they seemed to produce more sins of omission than commission. The weakness of modern community is real, and doing nothing about it which is the modern American solution has its costs as well.

Keywords: imperial Japan; Nazi Germany; Nihilism



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