“To be a contented atheist you cannot believe in the truth absolutely, but must sometimes believe in lies.”
In an age when ideological divides are so clearly and ceaselessly widening, Ernest & Noble aspires to elicit the importance of human understanding and tolerance, by obliging the reader to reflect upon the fragility of their own ideologies. It shines a light on the gratuitous hubris of absolutist belief-systems, specifically militant atheism, and admits of the probable reality of moral nihilism. However, unlike the existentialists of old, it seeks to reveal a possible solution to these issues by evoking the significance and versatility of faith, resilience and compromise.
“Look, just as in order to live we tend to deny the reality of our impending and inevitable death, in order to live well we have to deny the meaninglessness of the universe.”
The idea that our lives are inherently meaningless terrifies us all. So much so that for decades the public consciousness has, possibly to its own detriment, repressed the very concept of moral nihilism. Yet, in our pursuits for meaning, we attach ourselves to opinions, projects and political ideals which, if moral nihilism is true, provide our lives with little more than illusory veils of meaning. These attachments of ours become obsessions, for which many of us argue dogmatically and for which some will even physically fight. In doing so, we stoke anxieties and inflict suffering for the sake of literally nothing. Others of us attempt to peek beyond the veil and when we do so, perhaps, we become philosophers. However, this can equally be fraught with difficulties.
Ernest & Noble is devised to both liberate philosophical atheists from nihilism’s labyrinth and to coax militant atheists in. Whoever you are, faith, resilience and compromise are undeniably necessary.