Telos has become a bad word amongst intellectuals and elites. It is code for “oppression” and “unacceptable compromises.”
But in the absence of telos, there is only nihilism. Everything becomes pure nihilism. Even the personal liberation for which the social justice warriors endlessly (and, I might add, misguidedly) fight. Pure nihilism.
There is only one thing that can valorize human life, and that is a teleological foundation. If we have killed god, it is time to build him again, or we will have to select from amongst the same unacceptable array of oppressions and unacceptable compromises, but without any means by which to choose between them, or to enable them to seem worthwhile.
Life without telos is hell.