Death in Rick and Morty | A Philosopher Reacts

Feb 19, 2021
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Can Season 4 of Rick and Morty help us learn.. how to die?
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The recent season of Rick and Morty taught us about the value of snake jazz and a good heist film, but can Morty's unhealthy crush and Rick's private toilet planet teach us anything about the inevitability of death? Let's find out in this episode of A Philosopher Reacts to Rick and Morty Season Four.

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Comments
  • what course did you take ???

    Civilian DavidCivilian David8 hours ago
  • Tokyo ghoul next

    Frankie StevensonFrankie Stevenson10 hours ago
  • Rick did learn something though. He realized as he was sitting there that he was everything that he thought Tony was. In season 4 we see that rick is the saddest loneliest person alive. Personally i think he is cursed and no matter what happens to Rick C-137 he cannot truly die. His mind and memories will just transfer to another vessel even if it seems impossible, or something will happen to just outright prevent it. Prove me wrong.

    James JeffriesJames Jeffries11 hours ago
  • Ive been using the shy pooper line ever since the episode dropped. Its pure gold and not the kind that gets crapped out by a sentient cloud.😂

    James JeffriesJames Jeffries11 hours ago
  • I feel so bad that the script made him say “kierkegaard” so many times. You nailed it tho 👍🏼

    Kellen StewartKellen StewartDay ago
  • Someone told me there was Kierkegaard here, son cam was soon as I could.

    Sarah RackowskiSarah Rackowski2 days ago
  • "when you're trying to avoid death, you are also avoiding life" hah..well...welcome to our new 'rona reality 🙂😭

    javannajavanna3 days ago
  • 12:27 ok so I zoomed out near the end and at this point I start listening again and was like wowowwowwwo backup .. ... shit

    Jeff The WizardJeff The Wizard3 days ago
  • 8:07 excellent

    Jeff The WizardJeff The Wizard3 days ago
  • Heidegger is a Nazi. Saved you a Google

    Cameron BCameron B3 days ago
  • Got me with the Chicken Fry for a minute..

    A Bit of RandomA Bit of Random4 days ago
  • I just finished watching season last night.

    Uncultured WeebUncultured Weeb4 days ago
  • "Why would you fear death if youve never experienced it" Me: A friggin wood chipper

    Jasen WestallJasen Westall4 days ago
  • Shy pooper here👋🏼 You sir, just earned my like 😁

    ReNu MindReNu Mind5 days ago
  • That Burger King thing scared me, until I realised I’m hardcore vegan and would NEVER eat an unlubricated nugget, whatever that nugget may be. God it drives me insane when i see people eating chips or whatever without sauce, why did you have to bring that up?😂

    Lloyd DaviesLloyd Davies5 days ago
  • I’ve been stuck in love with my ex girlfriend of like 2-1/2 years together and I keep focusing on us never getting back together or getting back together and constantly stressing over it and running through countless scenarios in my head of us ending up / not ending up together and it’s really depressing and i really needed to see this video tbh to stop worrying ab getting her back and just live in the moment and work hard on becoming a better me. Tysm for getting a useless degree in philosophy bc Im dead ass when I say you really helped me bro.

    Kalvin CochranKalvin Cochran5 days ago
  • A way to stay humble

    Subject OR36942Subject OR369426 days ago
  • "We are most alive when we are closest to death."

    Danyal AGDanyal AG6 days ago
  • Yay I love finding new channels to sub to!

    Chris LangChris Lang6 days ago
  • Death is not the end .Our body dies but we go on living . Why should anyone fear death unless you are going to be stabbed to death in which case would painful and the worst part about it .

    ryan derksenryan derksen6 days ago
  • “It’s kind of Sioux to be afraid of death, how can you be afraid of something you haven’t experienced” Religious trauma has entered the chat.

    Kristen JohnsKristen Johns6 days ago
  • Here's a philosophical bit for you: how capitalism Is economical cannibalism.

    Gregory SamsaGregory Samsa6 days ago
  • We consume each other, and then the earth consumes our shit, and eventually we die, and become some other shit, but really we're always the same shit. Seems pretty philosophical to me.

    Dan HessDan Hess7 days ago
  • "We're all gonna die, hopefully painlessly and in our sleep" Speak for yourself. I was born naked, screaming, and covered in blood and I plan to die the same way.

    Nymaz from TexasNymaz from Texas7 days ago
  • *cough* covid craze *cough*

    Onore!Onore!7 days ago
  • Rick and Mortys is a great reason to be alive!

    Scott ShaferScott Shafer7 days ago
  • The only thing I learned from this was what a chicken fry is lol

    RealityReality7 days ago
  • The chicken fry bit killed me.

    KCRDAKCRDA7 days ago
  • Wow, I thought Rick just had a change of heart and decided to let Tony have the toilet to be generous!

    Pickle RickPickle Rick7 days ago
  • "In trying to avoid death, you end up sacrificing your freedom." A good description of our pandemic lockdown.

    Pickle RickPickle Rick7 days ago
    • Lockdown wasn’t really about avoiding death.

      Kristen JohnsKristen Johns6 days ago
  • The scariest part of life is not the end for us ourselves but the end of our loved ones before it is our time to go and being stuck here in this world without them. At least for me...but yeah, shy pooping...

    Los T'sLos T's7 days ago
  • Jesus Christ that Burger King bit was about me

    Patrick AthridgePatrick Athridge7 days ago
  • I think overthinking for a long time jus becomes normal and doesn’t increase our drive. It allows you to see but doesn’t not mean ur life will get better. Think that comes with time knowing urself with age and being true. (Not a philosopher jus my thinking)

    Jacob NeddoJacob Neddo7 days ago
  • -them: hi welcome to burger king how can i help you -me now: hey, yeah can i get an order of chicken fries with literaly all the sauce you have -them: what? -me: YOU HEARD ME! I NEED IT ALL. EVERY OUNCE, EVERY DAMN DROP PLEASE IM BEGGING YOU DONT QUESTION IT JUST DO IT!

    jean-marc thibodeaujean-marc thibodeau7 days ago
  • What ever happened to jared?

    HSol lHSol l7 days ago
  • The Toilet. Every man has their own throne. It's also one of the first places that we get to be alone with our own thoughts in life.

    cal cancal can7 days ago
  • I dont think that rick hasnt learnt from tony, but has already done almost everthing a human being could possibly do and is just bored with everything

    Mladen StevanovicMladen Stevanovic7 days ago
  • No

    PaulPaul7 days ago
  • Do not agree that there's no philosopical underpinnings concering death with regards pooping. A trip to the loo is a major death-reminder according to Ernest Becker ;-)

    Andreas NordstrandAndreas Nordstrand7 days ago
  • no to both i was just as uncaring b4 i knew about death as i was after death is peace either for it to all go dark and no more anything or some after life does not matter dying is happy thing not a sad one we take it as sad because we cant see some one any more or because it seems painful thats all

    Joey idcJoey idc7 days ago
  • Math: not even ones.

    Skyler GuisasolaSkyler Guisasola8 days ago
  • 13:10 He's right, jake if your reading this comment stop being a fatass and chew

    Theunknown GoonTheunknown Goon8 days ago
  • this is why I like to ride my Motorcycle = If I am going to DIE ~ I want to have a lil fun & look good doing it :)

    Lord BaccusLord Baccus8 days ago
  • Don’t know why he gives me “cool Sunday school teacher” vibes but that’s just me

    Bryan HallBryan Hall8 days ago
  • Rick and Morty illustrates the absurdities of the extremes of many different philosophies in much the same way it challenges our meager understanding of reality by extending elements of modern physics into often silly or mundane but Sci-Fi scenarios: it takes them at face value. I think that a very popular underlying message of the series is that knowing more doesn’t necessarily translate into understanding more. Therefore, no amount of knowledge of philosophy (natural, theological, or theoretical) will change your ability to resolve your unhappiness because that ultimately depends on how well you feel you have an understanding of why you are unhappy (correctly or otherwise).

    Scott AntonilleScott Antonille8 days ago
  • Michael: Shout out to shy poopers, we see you and we respect you. Shy Poopers: HE'S WATCHING US!!!!

    Carl RichardsonCarl Richardson8 days ago
  • I wanted to downvote this. Not because I don't like the video, I actually do like it. But I won't upvote it either, purely for the fact that I had to watch so many ads. Everyone hates the ads, especially when they're un-skippable. Everyone watches more ads than videos now. It's pathetic, and content creators need to stand up to USworlds as well. People used to post videos and create content because it was fun. Now, it's become all about the money. The content is still there and sometimes it's better than ever, but it's constantly ruined by interruptions that ultimately just piss you off.

    Joshua JoynerJoshua Joyner8 days ago
  • I wish he did a philosophy on adventure time

    Brian KamBrian Kam8 days ago
  • Kirkegård means graveyard...

    Emil EvjeEmil Evje8 days ago
  • AT LAST I've found another yt video to binge watch

    swephtswepht8 days ago
  • I think one of us missed something in Rick’s big reveal. Tony DID get through to Rick. Rick never does anything except to benefit himself. He can’t show the vulnerability required to build a real friendship. So he built a giant humiliation toilet scene ready to harass Tony. He put time and energy into it, something he just doesn’t do for other people. That’s why he went to the trouble of delivering food that would make Tony super poo. That’s why he went to Tony’s funeral. That’s why he sat alone mournfully on the throne of loneliness he created for Tony.

    Joshua RichardsJoshua Richards8 days ago
  • i always found it to be very intriguing that so many philosphers asked what comes after death.....but never "what was before life"

    Mr. Tea-yagiMr. Tea-yagi8 days ago
  • what do you mean by "our freedom'' and whats the best reason that you believe or know we have it ?

    HellBent4TruthHellBent4Truth8 days ago
  • the format is more intimate, but the content is more textbook-like. i like Michael, but miss Jared and Greg.

    Ramon GomideRamon Gomide8 days ago
  • the act of death is not scary it is the simple fear of the unknown we fear.such as something worse on the other side of death.a rather crude example of this if your religious is hell or a afterlife of torment and to be fair I feel fear of the unknown is probably one of the oldest and most basic fears around I do not agree with saying do not be afraid of the unknown however I do agree with the simple fact that so far we as a race have not conquered death and I feel until we do so we all may as well be children playing with fire trying to hold onto ideas that ultimately mean vary little in the end.I mean no disrespect to religious people but even if a religious view was right no matter witch one I have to ask a vary simple yet important question.who gives a fuck?not being a ass hear but honestly who cares as if you provide a answer then it’s no longer religious it’s fact making blind faith witch by the way I hate the idea of basically pointless as everyone would right away at lest try to go with the former religion that’s now universally fact.nothing is impossible but I feel until we as race learn to stop repeating the past endlessly with different tools we may as well just accept that life is simply what you make it and just say”fuck it my body will feed the worms same as everyone else’s until they can unfreeze my brain from that jar I got ages ago that someone will probably fuck up anyway.”in short just be responsible and think before you act or open your big ass maws.thank you all also fuck it life’s short I’m going to eat some chips now.

    Me too I like pieMe too I like pie8 days ago
  • Death is the single greatest moment of catharsis.

    Andrew Lui RobinsonAndrew Lui Robinson9 days ago
  • 😂 Death makes life worth living...

    Changing Times MusicChanging Times Music9 days ago
  • My pov was that rick actually wanted a friend, remember how he has lost almost all of them trought the series, and how he is always teasing people he likes, i think that he actually liked him and wanted to know more but, something didnt allow it (maybe ego?) So he internalized it in the last joke at the toilet, was actually directed at himself, that moment in the toilet was the realization kicking in and sad af, rick had the oportunity to have a real friend but the ego ruined it and he feels miserable about it

    LordgrimmLordgrimm9 days ago
  • What about "Upload", a series where wealthy escape death by uploading their consciousness online. From there, they are immortal as long as they pay the monthly fee. But soon regret this decision and willing to pay a hefty price to regain their body through experimental means. Also question as to if they still have soul. During their new "life" its discovered to be limited base on how much you pay for their home, plus they are forbidden to have a romantic relationship with the living, except for their spouse/widows

    [Blank] Blanker[Blank] Blanker9 days ago
  • It is really weird to say, but honestly that Death Crystal episode actually was super good therapy for me since I was going through a bit of an existential crisis at the time. Rick just simply said what I needed to hear.

    Kirk GrahamKirk Graham9 days ago
  • Man, Johnny Sinns is smart

    Joel PantaloneJoel Pantalone9 days ago
  • Shit the hair

    Bari MartinBari Martin9 days ago
  • Philosophy courses are like drugs. You take it, for a while you look cool and you feel good but no actual usable substance to it in itself unless you use it in conjuntion with something that is actually useful.

    Genie Le BottleGenie Le Bottle9 days ago
  • WHY IS THERE MUSIC IN THE BACKROUND WHEN HE SPEAKS?

    LudvigLudvig9 days ago
  • damn i missed this type of youtube content. very entertaining. hope more of this happens

    glormp glormpglormp glormp9 days ago
  • I find peace in the impermanence of life. Eternity would eventually be hell under ANY circumstance given long enough.

    isthisoneunavailableisthisoneunavailable9 days ago
  • I think I’m the one that’s gonna choke on my chicken fry

    Christian HunterChristian Hunter9 days ago
  • 13:08 LMFAO XD

    Creamy GoodnessCreamy Goodness9 days ago
  • my friend told me his aunt's boss died one night bc he choked on a hotdog after he tried to eat it really fast

    Do JoDo Jo9 days ago
  • OH MY GOD IM IN A BURGER KING PARKING LOT HELP HELP

    CholeslawCholeslaw9 days ago
  • 00:07 the wind blows then you hear in an airy voice say..............loooooooosssseeeeeeeeeeeeerrrrr. Just kidding. Great video!

    Paul SackettPaul Sackett9 days ago
  • Truly knowing your death does not lead to, but varies around it. Suppose you know that you’ll die later today through an accident, you would then act through suicide if you don’t do anything about it. Unless you know mere moments before hand.

    Jonathan SantiagoJonathan Santiago9 days ago
  • I lost it when he called Rick a Cold cosmic Nihilist. But in the end rick knows everything and continually punishes himself by living.

    7Brokenpieces7Brokenpieces9 days ago
  • somehow this season is the most positive of the show so far 🤔

    ZI SAZI SA9 days ago
  • If you are into video games, you have to play NieR:Automata it has a lot of philosophy in it.

    Patrik KisgergelyPatrik Kisgergely9 days ago
  • These are the best videos when I’m stoned

    Pettingell FilmsPettingell Films9 days ago
  • Explain - Plato's Republic and modern politics, both in the US and around the world. Please!

    Earwaxfire909Earwaxfire9099 days ago
  • 0:25 ..... at least i am not the only one who wasted their twenties. good to know.

    DeVernePersonalDeVernePersonal10 days ago
  • Great now i can never eat chicken fries in a burger king parking lot

    Harry BarlowHarry Barlow10 days ago
  • You should try some DMT

    Panic DispenserPanic Dispenser10 days ago
  • I liked this video simply because he said “most of my favorite philosophers are miserable pieces of shit” and ahhhhh same.

    Anguelo AAnguelo A10 days ago
  • The big shleep... im not scared, im excited!

    TutzySugarBergTutzySugarBerg10 days ago
  • Rick was projecting

    Carlos Powell Jr.Carlos Powell Jr.10 days ago
  • Marijuana is the death of despair - Patrick

    Patrick ConnellPatrick Connell10 days ago
  • so who's down to watch the best Rick and Morty episodes while taking a $h!t lolll

    Davidoff KingDavidoff King10 days ago
  • Don't count the days, make the days count🔥💯

    GoldenBear23GoldenBear2310 days ago
  • Dude, there's merit to that "2 beers before breakfast" cliche you mentioned.

    Thirst FastThirst Fast10 days ago
  • Most of your friends will experience savage divorces and lose said houses. Cheer up.

    Armand DiErricoArmand DiErrico10 days ago
  • I particularly loved that Tony died doing something (presumably) very risky once he acknowledged his mortality and chose to start "Living". Understanding your mortality in order to live doesn't mean you shouldn't understand "risk mitigation" too. Balance in all things.

    David KuhnDavid Kuhn10 days ago
  • *TAKES SNIFFY BREATH*

    Zak hassanZak hassan10 days ago
  • Although I have enjoyed the prior seasons of Rick and Morty, season four offered a great alternative to the infectious nihilism of prior seasons.

    Jeffrey CarmanJeffrey Carman10 days ago
  • Watching Poop of Throne made me think I'm too easily entertained.

    Derek FullerDerek Fuller10 days ago
  • Long miserable life is better than happy but short one. Its easier to accept death when you are fed up with life.

    polterghostpolterghost11 days ago
  • The way I view death is reverse birth. I was already "dead", by which I mean I didn't exist, for about 13.5 billion years. Then I was born, I'll live however long I live, then I'll return to the same non-existent non-state when my frail body's equilibrium can no longer sustain itself in a way that allows me to be aware of "me". It's a purely natural state for the vast majority of amalgamations of matter in the universe. And once I no longer exist, I won't be around to complain about the fact I don't exist, so it's not really all that scary. I won't exist to experience fear. Unless there's an afterlife, but if there's an afterlife, there must've also been a before life, and there will be an after-afterlife, and so on. But I think the most simplest explanation is death is the end of existence and experience. It's an eternity going by in an instant. But I'm still happy to enjoy existence while I can.

    Sunk Cost FallacySunk Cost Fallacy11 days ago
  • Your obsession about Death got you missing the whole point of this episode. Yes, death is an undertone, a plot device which allows the story to come to a conclusion. But the whole point of this story is to highlight Rick’s inability to connect with others and get in touch with his own loneliness. By the end of the episode, once he goes back to the toilet, he finally knows what it’s like to have nothing, he learned to recognize the feeling, and every word spoken by his holograms now hit him differently. While originally not meant for him, the words perfectly mirror the way he feels, and the mockery meant for another is now meant for him. Rick learned a lot throughout this story, and the last scene reflects that best by superimposing the old Rick’s hypocrisy with the new Rick’s vision of the universe, and his own loneliness within it. Rick isn’t scared of death, he just found out that he fears abandonment. Subconsciously, he was seeking a connection. When he lost it, he realized he had no one.

    Sir SeptimosSir Septimos11 days ago
  • wait what? Rick made that hologram for the shy pooper before he died. After his death Rick goes back there to remember him, also to contemplate whether the shy pooper found more happiness before death than he currently has; illustrated by the big holographic show for someone that will never see it because he grew past it.

    BubdigliBubdigli11 days ago
  • Time to avoid burger king v,v

    Marco ChavezMarco Chavez11 days ago
  • If they say the word nihilism I'm leaving.

    John BarrellaJohn Barrella11 days ago
  • I am sure death is terrifying. I have had terrifying moments, before. Moments pass, and death will pass more quickly than many other terrifying moments. Some of my terrifying moments took years.

    Corey McGuireCorey McGuire11 days ago
  • 13:10 me at first: fuck „In an Burger King parkinglot“ oh good thing I don’t go to Burger King so I won’t die in that way.

    Bernd KirchnerBernd Kirchner11 days ago
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