Nihilism lacks any belief in moral values. Then, if taken to its extreme form, does nihilism prescribe to a belief in no purpose for existence at all?
If nihilism has no objective value system, does it mean that existence itself has no value for a nihilist? If we continue this reasoning, then, will such nihilist deny the value of his/hers life itself? Then, again if we continue on the same road, would this person be forced by his/hers value system itself (or to be more precise-the lack of it) to adopt a worldview where s/he can't defend his/hers own right of existence? Finally, will this mean s/he will be forced to admit there is no point in continuation of his/hers own life?
I'm asking this question to understand better the relationship between 2 concepts I have to admit I'm not very familiar with-that of nihilism and that of the reasons behind suicidal behavior. If someone adopts a fully nihilistic worldview and absolutely prescribes to the claims of nihilism would this makes the person decide to end his/hers life? What is the relationship between the 2-e.g. does the one immediately leads to the other, are they partially interlinked or are completely unrelated when viewed in the context of philosophy? Does the acceptance of nihilism leads to a suicidal behavior on an individual, cultural, social, national and even on Humanity as a whole scale? And is suicidal behavior explained by the adoption of extreme nihilistic views on either philosophy as a whole or only to a particulate part of it present in the life of the suicidal subject?
P.S. I think I can elaborate much more on the issue but for the sake of space this is enough to outline the issue. I think we can say many things about the relationship between extreme nihilism and suicidal behavior but what I'm really interested in is the question are there any serious investigations by philosophers on the issue and to what division of philosophy they belong to, what are their results and do they think nihilism can be a serious problem both for the individual and the society as a whole? I know about Nietzsche being always accused of nihilism and the connotation the decay of traditional moral values has with a predicted "death" of society by many people on the extreme right spectrum of political space, but my point is had some professional philosopher done any investigation on the relationship between the adoption of extreme nihilistic ideas and suicidal tendencies on both individual and social scale? If you could provide references behind your claims made in the answer section I will appreciate it! Otherwise, I fear we might get into yet another empty talk philosophy Q&A entry.