I HAVE AN IDEA. It might not be an original idea (I think it is, but then again, it might not be) but I gonna say my maybe-not-original idea anyway. Here it is:
Wait. First, a question: do you know that show Drunk History?
No? It’s on Comedy Central. You should check it out.
Ok…back to my idea…
This might take awhile, so hear me out, here.
Well, on the show Drunk History, a famous person (or kinda famous person) gets drunk and tells…history.
You see, the point if the show is that they tell the story of a historical event… While they’re drunk!
It’s supposed to be funny
It often is.
That’s because binge drinking is funny.
So…that said, here’s my idea: HIGH PHILOSOPHY.
It’d be like drunk history, but instead of drunken famous (?) guests recollecting historical events, people get high and talk about… philosophy.
Picture this: a half-hour of professional, recreational, and armchair philosophers telling tales of great people and events in philosophy– ON WEED.
Everyone would watch it, right?
It’d get higher ratings than that M*A*S*H finale, man.
…and higher guest stars.
ALRIGHT…I want to clear up something before I go any further with this: I’m not talking about people getting high and pontificating on things. We’ve all either done or seen this enough times already. And I’m not talking about a bunch of dudes getting high and talking about dumb shit like what kind of dog is Goofy.
Conversations like that sound deep and philosophical but they’re not.
And I’m not talking about any body using hard-core drugs.
Although the idea of watching someone tripping on acid while talking about Diogenes is beyond appealing.
What I am talking about is a couple of dudes getting high (on marijuana – in a state where it’s legal) and talking about philosophy.
It may not seem like it, but this actually is a great idea.
For starters, the philosophy market is wide open. Virtually NOBODY is doing philosophy outside of academis, and no one is doing it on tv.
The Good Place is in its last season, folks. Once it’s off the air, no more prime-time philosophy.
Secondly, there are some pretty interesting characters in philosophy.
Zizek already is a household name.
I mean, come on… just looking at David Chalmers, don’t you want to hear what he has to say about the Kalaam Cosmological Argument?
What’s more, being in a state of high places an individual in a philosophical state.
The likelihood of pontifications on the meaning of life are increased almost ten-fold if an individual is under the influence of mind-altering substances!
Most folks wouldn’t think so, but there are plenty of partially amusing stories in philosophy that could be made marginally more interesting if told by someone who is under the influence of The Pot:
- The Death of Socrates
- Descartes’ method of doubt and his cogito argument (all that evil demon stuff — evil demons are funny if you’re high)
- Nietzsche dies of a venereal disease…maybe
- Kierkegaard and Regina
- Schopenhauer vs. Hegel
- Bertrand Russell’s amazing sex life (at least I hear he had an amazing sex life…who cares, they’re high, right?)
- Diogenes of Sinope
- Sartre and de Beauvoir
- Sartre’s amazing sex life
- Why Camus is the Ryan Gossling of philosophy
- Anything about Zizek, probably
If nobody has already done this show, somebody needs to whatever the not-porn equivalent to Rule 34 is to this idea and make HIGH PHILOSOPHY: the series happen.
Oh god, Rule 34 philosophy is an even better idea!
I mean, Kant already sounds like a dirty word…