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Disciplines

Philosophy

Publication Date

2018

Document Type

Article

Abstract

Absurdism is a default thought of cosmic meaninglessness that society is continuously trying to solve to avoid depression and live with some ascribed meaning. Two parody science fiction series, Hitchikers’s Guide to the Galaxy and Rick and Morty, display similar outlooks on the answer to this social phenomenon. Both series explore the possible answers offered by religion, science, and philosophy as well as the inevitable failings of the three. Ultimately, both series agree that our pursuit of distractions, which hold personal and societal meaning, is the only answer because it is impossible to find meaning on a grander scale. The search is as meaningless as meaning itself, and the only solution is not to worry about it.

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