The Philosophy Of Rick And Morty
Start writing a post

The Philosophy Of Rick And Morty

Wubba Lubba Dub Dub.

The Philosophy Of Rick And Morty

"Rick and Morty" is an ongoing animated series that follows the adventures of Rick Sanchez, a super genius/alcoholic mad scientist, and his less than average grandson Morty. They frequently travel to alternate realities, other planets, and once, into the body of a homeless man (episode: Anatomy Park).

Along from being extraordinarily funny and interesting to watch, the show also explores very deep philosophical ideas, making it all the more awesome.

The overall tone of the show suggests that when it comes to existentialism, life is generally pointless. Rick is obviously aware of this and apparently accepts it, as depicted through his reckless behavior, binge drinking and a basic disregard for the consequences of his actions.

The most prominent example of this was the episode where Rick creates a love potion for Morty to use on his crush at the school dance, but it goes terribly wrong and ends up turning everyone on the planet into mutated monsters. Unable to reverse the effects, Rick and Morty just up and leave that reality behind because it was too screwed up and step into a new one where versions of themselves had conveniently just blown up.

If you really think about it, that is terrifying. To literally leave behind one reality and trade it for another shows just how insignificant Rick believes our existence really is. Apparently, it makes no difference to destroy one version of humanity on Earth because there are infinite versions of ourselves and the rest of the world anyway.

Now, Rick not only understands that life is pointless and meaningless, but also the horrifying truth that the universe simply does not care whether we exist or not. This is exemplified by the episode where the giant heads come to Earth and tell the humans to “show them what they’ve got”, meaning put on an exciting musical performance or be disintegrated. The episode follows the US government panicking and doing everything it can to prove their worth and save the planet, yet the heads continue to disintegrate other unsatisfying planets one by one anyway, proving the helplessness of it all.

Many online threads have associated the philosophy of Rick and Morty with Albert Camus’s Absurdism, the belief that human beings exist in a purposeless, chaotic world. Naturally, this makes sense, given the examples above. Rick knows that it is completely absurd to try to scramble about and find meaning in a world or universe or multiverse that clearly does not give a damn whether you exist or not. And yet that is what humans do anyway. "Rick and Morty" depicts how humans desperately try to find a purpose in their lives, even though it seems pretty clear that it doesn’t matter on the grand scale whether we do or not.

In the words of Morty, “Nobody exists on purpose. Nobody belongs anywhere. Everybody dies. Now come watch TV.”

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

The Boyfriends Of The 2000s

Thank you, J14, for the Posters

J14 magazine

Every girl remembers her first crush. Even if your first crush was the boy in your kindergarten class that ate crayons, your first true love will always be the one that holds the key to your heart. Growing up in the 2000s, everyone knew who your dream guy was. Your family probably still give you grief and your best friends probably still reminisce, so it is impossible to forget your first celebrity crush. You bought a Tiger Beat magazine every chance you could just to read up about what your favorite celebrity was doing. Your room was fully decorated with posters of them, and it wasn't unusual to have fights with your best friends over who was going to marry him. If you were a 90's baby, lucky you because the 2000s were full of boys that were easy to love. I hope you enjoy a walk down memory lane and quickly realize that Bieber was definitely not the first guy with that hair cut. Here are 15 90's baby's first boyfriends.

Keep Reading... Show less
Student Life

20 Things I Learned By The Start of My 20s

No one expects you to have your life together by the time you're 20, because honestly, they didn't either.

Allyson Foutty

We are all often faced with many life challenges throughout the time leading up to our 20s. Before this time, and throughout it, we often look back at the things we've learned and how they've influenced who we are as people today. Some of my biggest influences were some of the challenges I've faced, but they've taught me 20 important things by the start of my 20s.

Keep Reading... Show less

The Boyfriend Recipe

The ingredients to build a relationship are a little more complicated than just a bouquet of flowers and a box of candy.


Relationships. Long distance or not, significant others are much more than just that. I would be lying if I said I did not love the sweet gestures that only a boyfriend can give. The flowers, funny phone calls, hand holding, breakfast dates, and tight hugs are special but my relationship and many others out there exist on much more than just these little gestures. It is a tricky concoction that consists of one part boyfriend and two parts best friend and would not work without one part or the other. While having a relationship may not be quite as easy as baking a batch of cookies, it has its own recipe (with a few variations for flavor) to follow for a good match.

Keep Reading... Show less
google images

Fashion just keeps growing and changing and old trends are made new! Now, I'm no beauty guru, just a beauty guru wannabe, but personally I have compiled some stylish wardrobe must haves! These can be cute assets to go back to school or just to catch up on some of the latest trends...

Keep Reading... Show less
Student Life

There's More To A Relationship Than Netflix

Summertime is only 93 days of the year, Find something to do!

Tallie Ammar

Summertime is ideal for more than just hanging out and binging your favorite TV series with your friends. Although summer does bring rain and thunderstorms which is perfect for those binging days, take advantage of those nice and sunny days. There is so many opportunities to get out of the house and enjoy the season before the snow starts to come back. Here are 25 interesting dates that are doable almost anywhere for any age.

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments