A revolutionary movement of mid 19th-century Russia that scorned authority and tradition and believed in reason, materialism, and radical change in society and government through terrorism and assassination took on the name “Nihilists.”
Most philosophers believe that Nietzsche (or as Samantha calls him: Freddy) was a philosophical nihilist. They are wrong. Freddy believed in freedom of the will and art’s ability to communicate or encourage free will.
His belief does have its basis in Nihilism. As per the Simpsons and Philosophy, “At it’s heart reality is so awful-a ceaseless, blind, driving, ultimately aimless, and therefore an unsatisfied and suffering will-that to see into this heart to understand the true nature of existence is debilitating… The curse of human beings is to be aware of their situation.”