“Nobody exists on purpose, nobody belongs anywhere, everybody’s gonna die. Come watch TV.“
It should be no surprise at this point that I’m praising something Dan Harmon is (at least in part) responsible for. It’s time to get past my mythologizing of him, right? Or does my awareness of it give me a reasonable excuse for its perpetuity?
Regardless, this particular moment of brilliance comes from the Rick and Morty episode, “Rixty Minutes.” In 13 words, Morty manages to reduce all of humanity’s teleological and ontological doubts to nothing, casting them away in the face of inevitable death and ushering in the hedonistic salvation of television. Purpose? Belonging? Who cares? Sit down, have a laugh, and relish life’s infinite jest. If there is more to life than that, you can probably laugh about it later.