There is an idea out there that the Aqua Teen Hunger Force is a show for stoners. While very funny, the show is ultimately understood as lowbrow. I wholeheartedly disagree with this understanding of the show. In all honesty, I have found some serious pearls of wisdom in the aqua teens.
In one episode Carl and Mastershake had gone in havsises together to purchase themselves a mail order bride from
But therein lies the point. In that moment of Zen like calm and brevity Carl offered us all a timeless piece of wisdom. The absurdity of his situation reminds us of the absurdity of our own situation. What are you upset about, what is really getting to you, as my good friend Dan would often quip, “sometimes its hard… living in
The way he said it is not to dismiss all meaning, but instead to question the value of that meaning. Clearly he was caught up in a particularly absurd series of events but it only reinforces the need to reexamine your own situation to consider what does hold meaning for you and whether or not it actually should matter. When I watched this episode for the tenth time, after I had laughed Carl’s words still stuck with me. When it all seems so bogus, when I wonder what the point is. I just remember “It don’t matter… none of this matters”