On Rick and Morty’s Nihilism

The knowledge that nothing matters, while accurate, gets you nowhere. The planet is dying, the sun is exploding, the universe is cooling, nothing’s gonna matter. The further back you pull, the more that truth will endure.

But, when you zoom in on Earth, when you zoom to a family, when you zoom into a human brain, and a childhood, an experience, you see all these things that matter.

We have this fleeting chance to participate in this illusion called ‘I love my girlfriend,’ ‘I love my dog’–how is that not better?

Dan Harmon, creator of Community and co-showrunner of Rick and Morty