There are always at least two sides and perspectives to every choice and crossroads we come to. Very rarely do we encounter a situation where our decisions have no consequence and ripple effects. In life all individuals come to an intersection and depending on the direction taken, it will have a life long impact on how we filter and decipher information. This information determines the course of our lives and subsequently, the level of our delusion. This significant choice that we will be faced with will come to all of us and for most, they will not even have realized it.
The choice or direction we choose to go at the crossroad will be referred to as the blue pill or the red pill. The blue pill or the pill of blind ignorance, or as the old saying goes, “Ignorance is bliss”, is the most popular choice, for its path is part of what seems to be the safer bet with the lowest variance in outcome. The blue pill doesn’t rock the proverbial boat. It seems to represent the known or a more predictable outcome, a security blanket that protects oneself from hard realities in everyday society. For most the truth is too much to bear.
The red pill or the pill of truth involves more risk but carries a higher potential for understanding and spiritual growth. The red pill is the sun that chases the shadows away and overpowers the darkness. Through reason and logic and also sense perception, the choice of which pill to take should be clear. Albert Einstein once said, “Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death”. The blue pill acts like a callous over the soul that doesn’t let in anything of significance, just a constant pursuit of simple pleasures.
Ultimately acting as a futile pursuit. The intellectual growth Einstein speaks of can only be achieved by means of the red pill. The red pill strips away the callous and allows the spirit to unveil itself from the shadows of deception and commences on the path of gaining truth. Although the journey may be difficult and the consequences may be painful and difficult to manage, I rely on an old adage, “No pain, no gain! ” We humans share so many of the same characteristics, the difference is how we process and filter information.
We are endowed with a brain that is always processing and analyzing our surroundings and depending on our life’s experiences- determine how we interpret our environment. Matt Doran playing Mouse said, “ To deny our own impulses is to deny the very thing that makes us human”. As the human race intellectually grows, the impulsive thing to do is to be curious and want to recognize the unknown. Without this natural urge, there would be no more discoveries about even the simplest of commodities.
Sense perception is classified as one of the basic methods of reason. The other two, subsequently, are logic and the formations of different concepts. The commonplace trait of all these processes is that they allow humans to receive and analyze information in the brain. By using different concepts and logic, an individual can interpret the natural inputs received from the individual senses. An individual could argue that our senses are considered to be “wrong” all the time.
If our senses were not, then the saying, “my eyes are playing tricks on me” wouldn’t be apart of conversations today. We perceive things like illusions, mirages, and things that aren’t there in general. In order to give something the title of an illusion or mirage, one has to presume that they know the true nature of it is different. Otherwise it would be called by what it is thought to really be. The choice of the blue pill or the red pill has been played through out all the ancient myths.
Hercules, Zeus, Neptune, and Jason and the Argonauts all in some way relate to the tearing down that which enslaves them. These are the battles that lay ahead for the ones who seek truth. One must remember that, with great risk comes great reward. Moses, who led the Israelites out of bondage from Egypt, sought truth. It was freedom to seek truth that led Moses into the desert and out of the Pharaoh’s plush house. It was Jacob whose name was changed to Israel, for it means, “one who overcomes”.
In this case, overcoming spiritual bondage. The choice one makes is largely related to how much consequences one is willing to bear. With the blue pill life continues as one imagines, whether grounded in reality or not. These are the people that typically are attached to their delusion and will fight to preserve their personally altered reality. These people argue that it is the logical choice to take the blue pill because why would they want to risk their cushy life-style for something that they know nothing about?
The reasonable answer would be, to not. But naturally and impulsively, the picking is of the alternative. For the red pill takers, these are just more risks added to the list of consequences they must face. Many historical figures have been burned at the stake (both literally and figuratively) for trying to tear down falsehoods. How many great scientists had to hide their discoveries until after their death, for fear of the blue pill takers coming to take them to their premature death?
Someone once said, “for any idea or concept that’s not tangible to the appeal of the masses, the truth in it gets left by the way side for the idea has to be contorted and manipulated for it to gain wide appeal”. For the path to destruction is wide and well worn. In the words of the lyrical poet, Bob Marley, “Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds” relates to Morpheus’ philosophies perfectly. When speaking to Neo, Morpheus says, “I’m trying to free your mind, Neo. But I can only show you the door.
You’re the one who has to walk through it”. One in favor of the blue pill may argue that, it isn’t slavery if the imprisoned is not conscious of it. Slavery is slavery, no matter if it is known or not. This is why mental slavery is so dark and dangerous. The red pill allows the captives to free themselves from this and as said by Morpheus, “Unfortunately, no one can be told what the matrix is. You have to see it for yourself”. My beliefs and morals set me up to accept the red pill and all its consequences, because in the end “the truth sets you free”.