“Accepting the absurdity of everything around us is one step, a necessary experience: it should not become a dead end. It arouses a revolt that can become fruitful.”
Albert Camus, Three Interviews
Morty Sums Up Absurdism Beautifully
Absurdism is one of those terms that has become trendy to talk about. To sum it up briefly it is the concept that the universe has no meaning and rather than being depressed about that (Nihilism) we should embrace that fact and enjoy our meaningless existence, not wallow in it. Now let’s get to Rick and Morty.
Rick and Morty might be one of my favourite TV shows of all time. It’s witty, clever and absolutely fucking hilarious in it’s approach to science, life, love, death and watching TV and it’s that last point we’re going to focus on.
Half way through the first season Rick and Morty makes its sharp turn into being a “dark” TV show. In the episode Rick Poition #9, Rick creates a serum that accidentally turns everyone on Earth into horrible monsters. Instead of trying to fix the problem Rick abandons that universe and takes him and Morty to another reality where not only was the problem solved but that realities Rick and Morty are both dead.
Our Rick and Morty arrive just as the others die, they proceed to bury their alternate selves in the back yard and replace their counterparts unnoticed. Two episodes later (Rixty Minutes) Morty’s sister Summer is threatening to run away because she was an “accident” and decides her existence therefore is pointless. She wasn’t planned so how can she accept her existence when all she’s done is “make her parents’ lives miserable”.
Morty then tells her the truth of how he and Rick came to be in this universe and it may be one of the most philosophically brilliant moments of television wrapped up in a great joke.
If you can’t watch the video then here is the poignant bit I’m talking about:
“Nobody exists on purpose, nobody belongs anywhere, everybody’s gonna die… Come watch TV“
Morty, Rixty Minutes – Season 1, Episode 8
This is why I love Rick and Morty, it isn’t afraid to tackle some really big questions and all the while it’s entertaining and brilliant. If you’ve not watched it yet I highly recommend that you do… or not, it doesn’t matter either way 😉 .
See you guys next time, feel free to check out other things I find awesome. Until then, take care of yourselves. Peace.
The Machine of Unspeakable Doom!!!