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From: Parthasarati Dileepan (MFPD_at_UTCVM.UTC.EDU)
Date: Thu Jun 08 1995 - 13:50:05 PDT

For starters, nihilism also requires faith for there
is no proof of its infallability.  The existence of
god or the truthfulness of his promise in sarama slokam, etc.
cannot be proven by logic (yukthi) alone, thus we need
faith.  This faith, it seems to me, must be anchored upon
some principles/objectives.  For an individual it may be
peace of mind.  Faith in god and the promise of eternal
happiness at his feet is the source of happiness *here and
now*.  This in turn turns out to be good for the society as
well.  If the spirit of sri vaishNavam motivates all our
actions (easier said than done) not just the individual, but
the entire community benefits.  It will be difficult for me
to have faith in a system that promises everything in the
after life and none at the present.

-- Dileepan

p.s. The above is just some vague thoughts, not
     intended as answers.