— I mean, can you imagine if people didn’t believe? What things they’d get up to?
— The exact same thing they do now, just out in the open.
— Bullshit. It’d be a fucking freak show of murder and debauchery, and you know it.
— If the only thing keeping a person decent is the expectation of divine reward, then, brother, that person is a piece of shit. And I’d like to get as many of them out in the open as possible.
— Transference of fear and self-loathing to an authoritarian vessel. It’s catharsis. He absorbs their dread with his narrative. Because of this, he’s effective in proportion to the amount of certainty he can project. Certain linguistic anthropologists think that religion is a language virus that rewrites pathways in the brain, dulls critical thinking.
— Well, I don’t use $10 words as much as you, but for a guy who sees no point in existence, you sure fret about it an awful lot. And you still sound panicked.
— At least I’m not racing to a red light.
True Detective, S01E03, 05:00