>I think human consciousness is a tragic misstep in evolution. We became too self-aware. Nature created an aspect of nature separate from itself. We are creatures that should not exist by natural law... We are things that labor under the illusion of having a self, that accretion of sensory experience and feelings, programmed with total assurance that we are each somebody, when in fact everybody's nobody... I think the honorable thing for our species to do is to deny our programming. Stop reproducing, walk hand in hand into extinction; one last midnight, brothers and sisters opting out of a raw deal.
You know, this here quote has been raped almost as hard as the entirety of Rick and Morty, it's the "go-to" quote for edgy young adults (the evolution of the regular edgy teenager) who want to look smart and dark while dropping some sick truth bombs on simple-minded normies. True Detective (despite being a top-notch show) has become the one show that the "intelligent, nihilistic, with a wicked sense of humor" faggot uses as a badge of how dark and smart he is (even The Conspiracy Against the Human Race and Thomas Ligotti, hell, the entirety of philosophical pessimism, got that treatment). I feel like the fact that these kinds of loud pseudo-intellectual idiots go around gawking on and on about "le humans are le mistake" makes people think that there really is no substance behind anything the show has to say about life, it makes it easier for people to dismiss the show and everything related to it as "edgy" (everyone's favorite buzzword thought terminating cliche non-criticism). And it's not like the fans seem to really get the hang of the message beyond parroting quotes from the show or pretending they see the world the same way Rust does to let everyone now how cool they are.
I think something similar happens with H.P. Lovecraft, you have these stories with some very obvious symbolism alluding to very horrible aspects of human life, yet most people I know who are into Lovecraft don't really seem to think about anything the book has the say beyond "i am gultist of gutuhlu :-DDD gutuhlu ryle".
The point is, most people watch True Detective or Rick and Morty or what have you, and they hear these unpleasant grand declarations about life and they either swallow it or flat out cover their ears and go "edgy edgy edgy!", or simply don't fucking process them at all. And the ones that swallow it up go around acting lik