Saturday, February 6, 2010

Red or Blue


Even people, like myself, who are familiar with the story/movie "Matrix," benefit from reflecting on the matter of red and blue pills.

The question is not about pills, but what they represent about reality. The question is asking us whether honesty is worth pursuing. The blue pill will leave us as we are, in a life consisting of habit, of things we believe we know. We are comfortable, we do not need truth to live. But, some people in this state realize it's a dream.

The red pill represents an awakening. A realization of harsh realities, inequities, power structures, unsavory histories, hypocrisy, manipulation, of bad faith masked in supposedly democratic processes. These stark realities penetrate your heart with discomfort, like guilt. Your conscience compels you to change, to challenge the unfair elements of the established structure, to help right the wrongs.

... or is that "write the songs"? Probably both.

"There must be an awakening to the crisis, followed by action"
--W Edwards Deming

Sources:

Blue Pill credit to Matrix Philosophy. aarod.co.uk

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