I’m currently off work for a few days and without something to concentrate on, my mind wanders to crazy land so I have to reign it in by occupying it. I have done so by diving in to the world of TV (top marks for originality). I have been watching True Detectives and I must say it is truly great TV (HBO know how to make dem shows, they know how to make dem shows).
It stars Woody Harrelson (yay!) as the typical masculine cop bloke overflowing with testosterone and Matthew Mcconaughey (double yay!) as his troubled/introverted partner. I’m not sure if you agree with me, but I think there is something about an introverted detective that is just so watchable (think BBC Sherlock, don’t think Elementary… never think Elementary). This is more than just another serial killer show, it has grander aims than that. It offers a critique on masculinity, obsession and best of all the human condition. This is demonstrated by one of Matthew Mcconaughey’s monologues, that he delivers so effectively in a drawling Texan accent. Here is the ONE that really got me going:
“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; an accretion of sensory, experience and feeling, programmed with total assurance that we are each somebody, when in fact everybody is nobody. Maybe the honorable 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.”
He’s a very troubled man (and I have to remind myself that this is a make believe TV show), but I find this sort of stuff sooooo interesting (plus he’s a big digress-or and if you’ve read any of my previous posts you’ll realise that I’m a huge fan of digression). I think some people might be quick to write him off as a lost cause (some people eh?), say that he’s damaged beyond repair, maybe even label him as psychopathic, but I think he makes an interesting point. Is the ability to think about the bigger picture actually counter intuitive? If we only have one spin on the merry-go-round then maybe it is (ignorance is bliss after all and thinking about this stuff never leaves you with a warm happy glow inside does it? Watching Rom-Coms does, but that’s for another time).
Whenever I personally start thinking about the big questions my head always starts to feel a bit clouded like my brain is trying to say ”no no Philip, I’m not letting you go down that road”. Well screw you brain, I like thinking about this stuff, basically underneath it all I’m a huge fan of navel gazing and this show gives me the opportunity to indulge myself.
To lighten things up here is a wonderful tracky from none other than the King:
See ya’ll later,
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