TRUE DETECTIVE and the funny side of pessimism

March 16, 2017

 

"[the cross] that's a form a meditation. I contemplate the moment in the garden, the idea of allowing your own crucifixion.."

 

"I consider myself a realist, but in philosophical terms, I'm what's called a pessimist"

 

“I believe human consciousness is a tragic misstep in human 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 labour under the illusion of having a self.

The secretion of sensory experience and feeling, programmed with total assurance that we are each somebody, when in fact everybody is nobody.

I think the honourable thing for our species to do is deny our programming: stop reproducing.

Walk hand in hand into extinction.

One last midnight, brothers and sisters, opting out of a raw deal” 

 

[so what's the point of getting out of bed in the morning?]

I tell myself I bare witness, but the real answer is that is obviously my programming... and I lack the constitution of suicide.*

 

 


There is something about True Detective, that I didn't quite notice the very first time I saw it. it's not the acting, off the charts, from both Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. It's not the picture, this sense of place, colours that extend and lay over an infinite, - yet clearly circumscribed small town-universe. It's not the monotone, deep, stream of consciousness that defines the Rustin Cohel character neither. 
A philosophy that goes back to Schopenhauer, Wittgeinstein and Nietzsche, and Cioran. You get all this right away, as soon as you step in to the first episode, - and waved proudly , for good reason. 
That is all blunty spat on your face since the beginning.

Not even: Its high-class cinematography, its almost mystically engaging  soundtrack. Clearly that something as obvious as delightful.
But what I'm talking about is something more underground, just between the lines. 

 


It's refreshing and indubitably as clever as powerful.
the awkward, heavy silences, the edgy humor and inside jokes. the raw representation of violence and insanity - extreme of the human nature.

The whole comic part I kind of overlooked the first time.

And if you do think about it - it could have not be otherwise.

True detective showcases in front of our faces traits of humanity that we'd rather ignore (nothing new under the sun, -yet..) such as murder,  sexual exploitation (mostly of minors), religious fanaticism, - and ignorance and poverty, don't forget. 

The idea that the only possible way to get trough this existence is by laughing at our own misery,  at the pathetic belief we are so self-important.

Laughing is catharsis, is self-protection.

"Me, me, me..." shouts McConaughey a at one point,  staring at the ceiling and beyond.

Two path in front of us, we can pretend this is all real and making sense, be a God-fearing, family-man, hard-worker Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson) - unable to admit even to himself his weakness and that justifies an affair with a young girl as in the best interest for its family well-being. Or you can step into the path of self-destruction along side 

Rustin Cohel (Matthew McConaughey ) a man that despite what he became, at one point had a proper family and most likely the same aspirations of colleague Martin Hart.

But you see, it doesn't matter, eventually. 

"time is a flat circle", remind us Cohel, quoting  the Nietzsche 'eternal recurrence' theory.

It doesn't matter 'cause it just keeps repeating itself. 

Whatever you choose, don't take it too seriously. 

Smile, when you realize that beginning and end coincide.

 

 

TRUE DETECTIVE - Rust & Martin Car Conversation Scene (HD)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8x73UW8Hjk 

 

 

 

 

*Rustin Cohle, TRUE DETECTIVE, Episode 1: The Long Bright Dark.

 

 

* All images, videos and copyrights belong to their respective owners. 
   I do not own the rights to them and they've here been used for the solely purpose      of philosophical debate. 
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