The Cruel Irony of the Blue Pill
Disclaimer: If everyone else knows this and I’m just the idiot that never caught on, you’ve been warned.
Anyways, we have to start with the red pill. What the hell is it?
Obviously there is the famous relation to The Matrix, though a little red pill also made an appearance in Total Recall in 1990 (thanks, Wikipedia!). Neo was told the red pill would lead to his “escape” and live the “truth of reality”:
This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill—the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the redpill—you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes. Remember: all I’m offering is the truth. Nothing more.
In the real world there is no literal escape; all of us are on Earth and will remain so until our dying days. When you find the red pill, there is no technical escape of the “real world” – life gives you lemons, you make fucking lemonade. Hollywood obviously takes this a step farther by bringing machines, hacking, and martial arts into the mix. Looking past the pop culture references though, the red pill stands for far more than that. It’s a symbol of a movement, some might classify them as rebels.
If you want to dig even further into the symbolism of it, the red pill stands for hope.
On the flip side, the blue pill is a symbol for those who are simply cowards. If we’re being realistic, one cannot be blue pill if they’re not aware of the red pill. Sure, you could say that they’re just zombies in the matrix, but to classify them as having made a functioning choice to not accept the realities of the red pill is foolish. The Matrix had a clearly defined choice that Neo had to make. I have friends who are blue pill, and, to be frank, they don’t really have much of a choice – despite the fact that they have me influencing their lives. That’s because it’s not a Hollywood movie with two paths, one of which is clearly good and one is clearly bad.
I do say things along the lines of, “You can keep being single and miserable, or you can listen to me how to turn your life around.” That’s not an easy statement to take. The path is not as clear as Neo had it.
I’m sure most of you reading this have owned a television at one point in your lives, and seen commercials for prescription medicines. There is one specific medication I’m talking about here. You’ll often see the commercials for it on sporting events, specifically targeted for men. It’s a cure for impotence.
Of course, erectile dysfunction isn’t a joke, and I’ll probably end up suffering from it now that I’ve gone and published this post. Just the sheer irony though, that a tiny little blue pill literally cures impotence. If only getting all young men to accept the truths of the red pill was as easy as making them swallow a tablet a day with their breakfast.
That’s what this blog, and so many others, are here for. The truth.