HART: So what do you believe?

COHLE: Look, I consider myself a realist, alright, but in philosophical terms I’m what’s called a pessimist.

HART: Uh, okay, what’s that mean?

COHLE: Means I’m bad at parties.

HART: Let me tell you, you ain’t great outside parties either.

COHLE: I think human consciousness was a tragic misstep in evolution. We became too self-aware. 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, this accretion of sensory experience and feeling, programmed with total assurance that we are each somebody, when, in fact, everybody’s nobody.

HART: I wouldn’t go around spouting that shit, I was you. People around here don’t think that way. I don’t think that way.

COHLE: I think the honorable thing for our species to do is deny our programming, stop reproducing, walk hand in hand into extinction, one last midnight, brothers and sisters opting out of a raw deal.