There is a long and illustrious history of writers taking drugs in order to better document the human experience. So it should come as no wonder that people in the modern era are still taking drugs in its attempt to get a different slant on popular culture.
While the likes of Jack Kerouac sought to showcase drug addled cross-country trips, Reddit user doubleschnauzer attempted to get under the skin of the popular TV series The Simpsons. Not quite the same thing, but I’m intrigued…
The intrepid user spent two whole days eating LSD in the hope of finding a hidden truth to the series. It’s safe to say his conclusions are wild, but pretty insightful.
This is his conclusion: “The Simpsons is the greatest comedy show ever made. The Simpsons is the story of all of us. When the Martians come down and ask for our history, I’m handing them all the seasons of The Simpsons on DVD, or whatever they watch stuff on.”
“We are all Bart – we all feel unappreciated, because people decide to focus on our flaws instead of our talents. We’ve been influenced by bad people, and been a bad influence. We all seek thrills that hurt us and those around us.”
“We are all Lisa – we all feel unappreciated when we try to be the voice of reason and intelligence, and the people we love ignore us. We all feel like were getting nowhere, despite her gifts. We all feel like were trapped with people that will never get us.”
“We are all Marge – we all feel unappreciated when we tried to voice concern, and the people we love write us off as a nag. We all feel like we are being smothered by our loved ones, to the point that will never develop our own personality.”
“We are all Homer – we all feel unappreciated when we don’t deserve to. Were all mercurial and willfully ignorant. We all try to numb the pain of life that I’ll never satisfy us, to the point of hurting our brains.”
“We are all Maggie – we all feel unappreciated because we feel unheard and easily forgotten. We all have talents that we feel no one can see. And, if you do as much drugs as I do, you probably fall down a lot.”
“They all never quite fit in, no matter how hard they try. They’ll all never change. We all have bad parents, we’ll all be bad parents, and we all find romance in codependency. Springfield is a human brain. Each inhabitant is a perfect representation of another piece of us. Shelbyville is another human brain. We hate each other for no reason, even though were exactly the same. The Simpsons evolved American society. They got us talking about corruption on both sides of American politics, gay rights, good and bad parenting, good pet ownership, the ethics of vegetarianism, the tropes in our entertainment, and just about everything else.”
“The best animators and the best comedy writers worked on The Simpsons, so their template acts as a perfect example of how to write comedy and animate – to the point that everyone’s ripped them off. But the beauty of the Simpsons is that they ripped off everything they did. The beauty of The Simpsons is that we are all the same, and everything’s been done before, so you might as well create and express yourself freely. Drop acid and watch The Simpsons everybody. Now is the time of The Simpsons. God bless The Simpsons.”