For those who haven't heard of the show, "Rick and Morty" is an animated American sitcom that explores the world of sci-fi through the use of raunchy and dark humor. While the show provides hilarious jokes and a deeper look into the issues in a seemingly "nuclear family" — consisting of two parents and two children, the sitcom also explores deeper themes on the root of existence and life itself.
From the beginning of the show, the audience is exposed to the two vastly different and unique personalities of both Rick and Morty. Rick, a drunken genius and scientist, drags his insecure 14-year-old grandson along with him on adventures throughout the multiverse. Immediately, the audience is exposed to the highly imaginative animation which explores possibilities of different planets and dimensions. Throughout the show, Rick constantly reinforces the fact that there are millions of different versions of ourselves scattered throughout the multiverse. Parallel dimensions exist everywhere — in which every possibility of ourselves is lived out in another world. The idea that we are only one of the millions of versions of ourselves brings about the concept of apathy and indifference for our own existence. In the show, Rick is seen as a highly functioning sociopath due to his tendency to express insouciance for the world and people around him. However, this mindset only stems from his vast knowledge of the multiverse; our existence is insignificant relative to the boundless copies of ourselves scattered throughout different dimensions.
In contrast to Rick's mindset on the world, Morty's perspective on life provides as a more relatable point of view for the audience. As a 14-year-old, Morty is constantly affected by comparatively trivial problems in his life — including crushes on girls in his high school, or the effects of his parents' troublesome marriage on his daily life. This worried and self-centered mindset is more recognizable to viewers in which it sheds light on our own tendencies to center our world around the problems that we encounter throughout our lives. However, as the series continues, Morty begins to develop a new perspective on life through his adventures with Rick. Without even realizing it, the audience begins to develop an admiration for Rick's blunt and staunchly arrogant attitude but builds a personal connection with Morty's selfish tendencies and attempts at bravery in the face of adversity.
The stark polarity between Rick's big picture mindset on the insignificance of existence and Morty's worried perspective on the small details of daily life allow the audience to settle to a conclusive middle ground between both viewpoints. The recurring theme of the insignificance of our own lives allows viewers to recognize that true contentedness is achieved by a mixture of both a healthy awareness of our own existence and concern for our daily problems. With the billions of people in the world, our small problems are insignificant and shouldn't affect our mental state too greatly, however, a stubborn indifference to our problems only dehumanize us. On the other hand, a worrisome state of mind only causes us to react to situations in a selfish manner- only stressing us out further. In exploring the potentialities of existence in a humorous manner, "Rick and Morty" introduces the flaws in the human perspective.
Who knew cartoons can teach adults about the world, too?