Everyone’s Moral Duty to Kill Themselves

Everyone’s Moral Duty to Kill Themselves

It is not often I sit still and watch a TV series. I have so many things that require my attention, massive action and it hardly can happen while sitting in front of a TV screen with my feet up.


However, as recently as Friday evening, last night to be precise, I thought I’d change my ways momentarily. I selected a series on Netflix to view.


After Life. Ricky Gervais.


I didn’t hold much hope for it capturing my attention to the end of a first episode, at first. As I’d visited most places in Hampstead where parts were filmed, I thought I’d appreciate the familiarity. Also, Gervais is only great in small doses, if at all.


Well, a poignant humorous 30 minutes turned into another and then another. I couldn’t stop. Okay, my lids slipping over my eyes towards the end of the second last episode stopped me. I didn’t want to miss a word. One episode left to watch. No! How can that be! I feel breathless having to wait for the next season to air.


He’s so rude to people, it appears impossible for anyone to like him or for him to be likeable. He has every right… He lost his life partner. The one person he loved. His anger soon begins to melt because of other people’s goodness and sadness for him… I will say nothing further. No spoilers in sight!


This is the best production, both acting and scripting Gervais has ever created. The intelligence in this series is outstanding in the way grief is depicted and how a man is so angry, threatens to end it all but allows hope to seep in and make him cling on…


A few of Gervais’s best quotes from After Life, according to Cressida, of course.


“Here’s what’s what: humanity is a plague. We’re a disgusting, narcissistic, selfish parasite, and the world would be a better place without us. It should be everyone’s moral duty to kill themselves. I could do it now. Quite happily just go upstairs, jump off the roof, and make sure I landed on some c*** from accounts.”







“It’s no one’s fault what happened. Don’t go blaming the world.”


“I’d rather be nowhere with her, than somewhere without her.”


“Happiness is amazing. It’s so amazing it doesn’t matter if it’s yours or not.”


‘You believe in God?’


‘Oh, which one? Zeus? Hades? Jupiter? Mars? Odin? Thor? Krishna? Vishnu? Ra?…’

‘Just God. I only believe in the one God.’

‘Well then, you’re nearly as atheistic as me. I don’t believe in 2,870 gods, and you don’t believe in 2,869.’


One as himself… You’ve got to love it!


Remember, when you are dead, you do not know you are dead. It is only painful for others.
The same applies when you are stupid.

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