Why True Detective season one is counter-cultural

NOTE: This post contains thematic spoilers related to character development.

Living with the anxiousness of our current predicament[note]You know what I mean…alienation, “fear of missing out”, creating our own special identities, etc. [/note], what type of person can  claim to simply enjoy life? It is a frequently recurring question in contemporary philosophy, seeing as how the great ethical imperative of our time is “Enjoy!” but no one seems to ultimately derive any lasting enjoyment from the world we’ve created for ourselves. So who is it that has stripped away their illusions – has stopped deluding themselves about work, success, love and sex – and can now really enjoy the pleasures of life without contradiction and anxiety? Who can lay claim to the naive (in the best sense of the word) and childlike vision of life? 

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The chronicles of coincidence: institutions thousands of years old all reach the same conclusion when it becomes popular to do so

buddhist monksDespite comments made only a few years ago denouncing homosexual acts, the Dalai Lama has now come out in favor of gay marriage. It seems like an incredible coincidence; after 2,500 years of Buddhism, he just reaches the conclusion now, when it happens to be such a popular position to hold? And at the same time that the Supreme Court found a constitutional right to gay marriage in our 228-year-old Constitution, too!

Now, Buddhism has always had a fairly hands-off approach to marriage, oftentimes regarding it as a mere social convention. But that hasn’t stopped plenty of leaders in the community, including the current Dalai Lama himself, from denouncing “sexual immorality”.
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