What if

it is all one big lie and that everything you’ve taken for granted is complete bullshit? What if you could take a red pill and see the lie for what it is?

I think most people would say they’d take the red pill. After all, you then get to wear sunglasses and look cool in leather. Plus you might be able to do kung-fu.

But it’s a false choice.

What does taking the red pill actually mean? How can you be sure that you haven’t just swapped one big lie for another big lie? The matrix could very well be an infinitely nested sequence of recursive dreams.

If that’s the case, the real question is this: After having taken red pill after red pill, when do you choose to take the blue pill?

9 thoughts on “What if

  1. Red pill, blue pill, no idea what this post is about. Why do you get to wear sunglasses when you take a red pill? I just don’t get it. At all. But no matter, great to see that you have your own blog now, it looks really nice. I will make sure to visit often.

  2. Darn, I wish I were more worldly, but you are right, I never saw that movie. But I definitely remember hearing of it! Now I feel so unhip. Hip, that’s probably another dated term. I should just shut up, I don’t belong here. I don’t know how to make those emoticons either.

  3. Nice looking blog mate.

    I hope you don’t mind lurkers!

    Can’t comment yet, but I’ve got The Matrix in # 1 position in my Netflix queue and will get back soon.


  4. Of course, you may never know how accurate your understanding is after taking the red pill. (And taking it again. And again, etc.) But, I think that willingly taking the blue pill is intellectual suicide.

    I suppose one way, besides simply following the best evidence, to decide what is likely to be reality is to pay attention to what it tells us about ourselves and our place in the universe. If it’s not what we would want to hear, not flattering, then it’s less likely to be self-delusion, I suspect.

    1. Intellectual suicide or “commitment”?

      One of the common things I’ve seen crop up in different traditions and practices is the concept of commitment, that after a certain amount of exploration, in order to advance one must commit. Personally, as a commitment-phobe I tend not to be into that.

      The other area is that of ideology and the slippery slope from status-quo questioning into conspiracy theory. But then, some of the stuff that emerges in the light makes conspiracy theories look grounded.

      I don’t have any answers but I suspect that on the ideological level, I’ve long ago taken the blue pill. Which doesn’t mean I can’t take the red pill again.

  5. I don’t see that there’s any necessary contradiction between whole-heartedly committing oneself to a practice while remaining honest with oneself about how likely any particular belief may be. Stephen Batchelor immediately comes to mind as someone making such an attempt. I like to think I do my best to do so, as well.

    I suspect conspiracy theorists represent a different sort of questioning altogether. While they seem hyper-suspicious of the “official story”, they are simultaneously absurdly credulous when it comes to paranoid, post hoc schemes about nefarious forces at play behind the scenes.

    I think maybe Hume said it best: “The wise man proportions his belief to the evidence.”

    1. I’m in the process of questioning the ideology (whether explicit or implicit) within my practice. It seemed to me that one of the less desirable outcomes of my practice was a kind of body-comfort / mind-numbed complacency. Sure, I’d been focusing on my compassion practice the last few years but it never really actually transformed into anything more than some donations to Kiva.

      As a result, I’ve taken a bit of a break from internal type practices – one of the results of that is this site, and the other is a bit of casting around to get more engaged on a societal / political level. My latest post – Bear it don’t wear it – is mostly about that.

      Anyway, that’s just me.

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