Do You Take the Red Pill or the Blue Pill?
“You take the blue pill – the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill – you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.” -Morpheus (from the film The Matrix)
You have to take the red pill.
So saying I have never read “Alice in Wonderland” despite several attempts. But I think it is important to know how deep the rabbit hole goes.
I did see “The Matrix” years ago, but felt that I had already been down that philosophical road before. When Neo, at the end, sees the matrix and stops the bullets – I thought, like, yeah, duh, why didn’t he do that before? – given that it is all not real.
In real life, I often used to wonder, what if this is all an illusion and I am a brain in a jar somewhere being stimulated to make me think I was living this life I think I am?
On the one hand, so what? But that’s a blue pill attitude.
I’d take the red pill. That’s because I am a strange beast: I believe in absolutes. The blue pill person is happy to believe whatever they want to believe. I am impatient with subjectivist randomness.
I think that somewhere out there is a (metaphorical) cosmic envelope containing the truth. Things are or are not. Truth exists, whether or not it can be known.
Would I want to know?