Thanks to reader Jacob Horner. Here's a partial transcript of this True Detective video.
I'd consider myself a realist, alright? But in philosophical terms I'm what's called a pessimist... I think human consciousness is a tragic misstep in evolution. We became too self-aware.
This is correct if our consciousness is a misleading trick. After all, the Buddha was right to say life is suffering. It's a raw deal (see below). Raw awareness of the human tragedy is very painful. In Flatland, by definition, self-awareness is limited. This fundamental incapacity to grasp our true condition makes human life, such as it is, possible.
On the other hand, one might turn this around and argue that we do not have enough self-awareness. More self-awareness might beget true self-knowledge (i.e., wisdom) leading to better outcomes and less human-caused suffering, whereas limited self-awareness is an unmitigated disaster. There's are paradoxes here. For example, our limited self-awareness fools us into believing we are outside nature, whereas we never left behind our natural origins and evolutionary baggage.
Nature created an aspect of nature separate from itself — we are creatures that should not exist by natural law... We are things that labor under the illusion of having a self, that accretion of sensory experience and feelings, programmed with total assurance that we are each somebody, when in fact everybody's nobody... I think the honorable thing for our species to do is to deny our programming. Stop reproducing, walk hand in hand into extinction — one last midnight, brothers and sisters opting out of a raw deal.