We know most of the lessons in Rick and Morty aren’t great but… you know what, there’s no upside to this.
There’s a point in all of our lives when we ask ourselves “Why am I here? What is my purpose? What is the meaning of life the universe and everything?!”
Some find comfort in the idea of a greater meaning to all of this… and some revel in the nihilistic forfeit that “nobody exists on purpose, nobody belongs anywhere, everybody’s gonna die.” So it’s probably best to just watch TV.
For this reason I say, Rick and Morty is a love letter to nihilists everywhere and we’re just tickled pink! Sure there are casual watchers of the on-going masterpiece (probably), but for the super-fans of the dysfunctional duo, Rick and Morty is an amalgamation of physics, cynicism, and satisfaction for that pesky part of our brains that finds the perplexity of existence just baffling enough to laugh at.
Here are the Top 5 times Rick and Morty unleashed devastating life lessons that made us swoon.
5. Rick creates a sentient robot to pass the butter.
Season 1 Episode 9 “Something Ricked This Way Comes”
Rick and Morty taught us no one has an objectively meaningful purpose and enabling stupid people to remain stupid, in an attempt to spare their feelings, is about as pointless as passing butter (what a relief!).
4. Rick creates a Saw-esque trap to prove that the Vindicators (the galaxy’s greatest heroes) are worthless.
Season 3 Episode 4 “Vindicators 3: the Return of Worldender”
This week on Rick and Morty we learned no one is “very special or different” and maybe the fact that we pretend people are is the reason for a lot of the problems in the world. Maybe if we were all a little more like Noob-noob, and knew how to laugh at the expense of our heroes and ourselves, the world would be a better place (spoiler alert: it could also have very little effect).
3. Morty lives an entire lifetime as someone else… and it was meaningless.
Season 2 Episode 2 “Mortynight Run”
The moral of this episode of Rick and Morty is this: people are bound to do what they’ve always done. There are those who kill and those who will always return to the carpet store, regardless of opportunities to do anything else, because people are predictable. But when you stop worrying about the actions of others, you just might take Roy off the map and find yourself doing something unexpected (or not).
2. The Citadel makes delicious wafers… flavored with lies.
Season 3 Episode 7 “The Ricklantis Mixup”
Come home to the unique flavor of shattering the grand illusion. Come home to simple Rick. In this episode of Rick and Morty, we learn we live in a world of artificial freedom and individually packaged happiness produced on a mass scale which we support with our consumerism (but hey, at least we have cookies.).
1. Rick and Morty go to an alternate reality… because they destroyed theirs.
Season 1 Episode 6 “Rick Potion #9”
Currently, according to Superstring Theory, science has evaluated the possibility of 10 dimensions (with a potential for many more). We perceive the first three and can conceptualize the fourth but once you get to the 5th dimension things get pretty sci-fi. With the possibility of “other worlds” ranging from slightly different to completely unrecognizable to our own, chances are you’ve died, a lot… or you never existed at all. Maybe just don’t worry about it because, as Rick and Morty teaches us, “Nobody exists on purpose, nobody belongs anywhere, everybody’s gonna die” (so it’s probably best to just watch Rick and Morty).