“Active nihilism valorizes only itself. This is always better than to end up tolerating the world. The passive nihilist is already a realist, packing his bags for the post and places of social fate. The active nihilist inherits nothing. HE NEVER BELIEVED, and therein lies all his strength. Unless he joins religious sects, through which he will leap to the most rancide products of belief, he is a traveler without baggage, whose only future is courage, and it is toward this courage that his anxiety guides him by the sureness of the real.”
– Alain Badiou, THEORY OF THE SUBJECT, originally published in France in 1982, English edition 2009.