During the third episode of the HBO show "True Detective" the following dialogue is exchanged:
Cop 1: "Certain linguist anthropologists think that religion is a language virus that rewrites pathways in the brain; dulls critical thinking."
Cop 2: "Well, I don't use ten dollar 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."
Cop 1: "At least I'm not racing to a red light."
I had not heard this phrase before, and am curious of its origin and meaning?
EDIT: Before transcribing the dialogue, I had written the phrase as "racing to a stoplight."
You can find the full dialogue here