In South Park episode 402, “Tooth Fairy Tats 2000,” Kyle Has an Existential Crisis

The first few episodes of season four – and even episodes later in the season (410, 411) are about Cartman’s attempts at earning 10 million dollars. One such idea includes becoming the Tooth Fairy and stealing all the money that parents leave their children for their teeth. But that’s not the fascinating part about this episode.

When Cartman learns that the Tooth Fairy isn’t real, he also questions the reality of Santa Clause, and, more interestingly, Jesus. It’s a natural leap. So too is the conclusion that Kyle draws when Cartman reveals the truth to him. Are Moses and Abraham real, he asks his father. The best answer Mr. Broflovski can muster is, “probably.”

This sends Kyle spinning into an existential crisis, wondering what reality is, what truth is, and what he can believe that his parents have told him. He starts reading numerous philosophy books, one of which is about Buddhism and Taoism. He starts wondering if real and not real are the same thing, and about more fascinating enigmas until he realizes that he controls his entire reality and causes himself to dematerialize.

Upon rematerializing, Kyle concludes:

“You see, the basis of all reasoning is the mind’s awareness of itself. What we think, the external objects we perceive, are all like actors that come on and off stage. But our consciousness, the stage itself, is always present to us.”

Great stuff. Did you like this episode? What was the best ‘philosophic’ moment?

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One Response

  1. Wow, so happy when I found this….its exactly the quote I was looking for!!!!!

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