While Nihilism and the Uposatha of the Jains lead to no prosperity at all (and is said to stand far from the Path), the Uposatha of the cowherds (cow-boys) is said to have still chances (that seems at first glance equal for both, but the context makes clear, i mentions the comments in other suttas an commentaries of the Arahats).
Given that Self-view is actually not included in the grave wrong views leading upward, maybe an argument that might help out of taking a stand.
Are the answers which could challenge: is a tendency toward hope of lasting self a far better bet and anchor for most? Without that hope might be people be cut off from the path, before they actually waking to it with sure ideas of no-self? What about vibhava-tanha?
There are some views of non-self which are actually wrong:
The so-called 'evil views with fixed destiny' constituting the last of the 10 unwholesome courses of action (kammapatha), are the following three:
- (1) the fatalistic 'view of the uncaused ness' of existence (ahetukaditthi),
- (2) the view of the inefficacy of action' (akiriyaditthi),
- (3) nihilism (natthikaditthi).
Maybe this is a reason why the Buddha never really taught the higher Dhammas to "householder"(1), not beyond holding on world?
What is taught at large where you dwell? And to whom from whom?
When ever possible, try to answer without getting caught in papanca and self-defense, holding a stand, as a householder. Refuge first might help, or the other recollections if available.
1) Housholder means a person who has not left the sphere of six sense and has not come to a borderland (i.e. accessconcentration). Discussions whether an othwardly householder can access the Dhamma or not are useless and it's known that Dhamma is taught in steps, i.e. amount of ones release/liberty of mind and never the Dhamma of the Arahat has been taught to housholder, standholder, since they can not understand it right at all. The Ariya Uposatha serves exactly this purpose but of cause need refuge first and not the ironic approach of the modern Jain "Make your self an island", yet drifting away on an island build of conceit "I am not, I am nothing...".
[note that this is not given for trade, exchange, stacks or ;uddh-ism, but simply for a tiny door to liberation]