What I relate is the history of the next two centuries. I describe what is coming, what can no longer come differently: the advent of nihilism. . . . Our whole culture has been moving for some time now toward catastrophe, with a tortured tension that is growing from decade to decade: restlessly, violently, headlong, like a river that wants to reach the end, that no longer reflects---that is afraid to reflect.
Friedrich Nietzsche, 1888