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The Philosophy of Rick & Morty: Szechuan Ricksauce

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Recent events with McDonald’s and Mulan Szechuan sauce have steered me down the philosophical path and I feel that a post on these events might be in order. I myself have been feeling like Rick Sanchez C-137 lately and I think a lot of that has to do with the state of the world today. Another reason is really kind of encapsulated in Rick’s comments to Beth in SE03E09 of The Adventures of Rick & Morty. To wit my “I drink and know things, because I know things I drink” moment.

Beth:Am I evil?

Rick:Worse. – You’re smart. – When you know nothing matters, the universe is yours. – And I’ve never met a universe that was into it. – The universe is basically an animal. – It grazes on the ordinary. – It creates infinite idiots just to eat them, not unlike your friend Timmy.

Beth:Tommy.

Rick:Yeah, it hardly matters now, sweetie. – You know, smart people get a chance to climb on top, take reality for a ride, but it’ll never stop trying to throw you. – And, eventually, it will. – There’s no other way off.

The whole kerfuffle with McDonald’s and the McNugget sauce being in scare quantity while not even being connected to the show formally kinda rides on the whole Nihilist precepts that Rick holds himself. What’s even more interesting is that most of those who were flocking to Mcee Dee’s to get the sauce had no clue about the meanings behind the whole first season three first episode of Rick and Morty at all because, and this is my Rickian opinion here, they are all the idiots that the universe grazes on.

You see kids, I tend to ascribe to Nihilism/Absurdism/Existentialism myself and lately, oh, since about January 2017, have been sucking on that Nihilist teet tenaciously JUST to survive each fucking day in this universe. My worst fear of late is that I would invent a portal gun and find that in every universe Trump is actually president! But I digress …Ok so yeah, the show, Rick & Morty is densely populated not only with scifi and humor but also philosophy and the kids who are watching it by and large I fear just aren’t hip enough to get that. I could be wrong though, I mean storming the McDonalds for Mulan Rick & Morty sauce only to be told that there is none is kinda really absurdist poetry to me. I somehow doubt though that Mcdonald’s marketing folks really grokked that when they pulled this stunt though.

When the masses of zombie like Rick & Morty fans began to get violent over their lack of Mulan Szechuan sauce and everyone began to pile on McDonald’s it became clear that too many people are just mindlessly watching Rick & Morty not getting the whole cosmic joke that there is no sauce to be had really and that it was not on offer everywhere. I personally would have just laughed and given a hearty belch at the whole thing but then again, I drink and know things right? What the whole episode did for me was finally push that one small piece of belief from my gray matter into a complete state of nihilistic bliss.

If you watch and actually pay attention to S03E01 at the end you see that Rick say’s it all:

 

Nothing matters, so I did it for the sauce.

Nothing will change.

Entropy will win out.

The universe is an absurdist play and you can all play your parts.

Or more like Morty…

“Nobody exists on purpose. Nobody belongs anywhere. Everybody‘s gonna die.

Enjoy the fuckery kids.

Dr. K C-137

Written by Krypt3ia

2017/10/16 at 13:06

Posted in Philosophy