The concept of the Red Pill vs the Blue Pill has plagued humanity for an abundance of years. However, the idea of the ability to chose one of the two fates through the means of a pill originated from the 1999 science fiction movie The Matrix starring Keanu Reeves , Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, Joe Pantoliano.
The movie highlights a considerable challenge human have faced for centuries:
Red pill – uncomfortable truth
Blue pill – a false reality
Do we continue to live comfortably in our reality enslaved by our minds and blinded by the truth as Morpheus tells Neo, to the matrix we could perhaps say is inherent to the social ages we have inhabited? Or do we rise above it and break through the barriers and social constructs we are surrounded by?
Why is it that Neo (Keanu Reeves) believes that the answer to his question lies in Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), an elusive figure considered to be the most dangerous man alive. Why is he dangerous? Just like the fruit from the Forbidden Tree, he destroys all norms and comforts of the world we live in.
After swallowing the red pill, his reality disintegrates and Neo awakens, naked, weak and hairless, in a liquid-filled pod, one of the countless others connected by cables to an elaborate electrical system. He is rescued and brought aboard Morpheus’ hovercraft, the Nebuchadnezzar– parallel to the Bible’s King Nebuchadnezzar who was king of Babylon and had the longest and most powerful reign of any monarch in the Neo-Babylonian empire. The book of Jeremiah – Jeremiah 4:7 contains a prophecy about Nebuchadnezzar as the “destroyer of nations” (Jer. 4:7) much like the Red Pill.
Having not watched the movie myself, I wonder if Neo had ingested the blue pill he would go back to reality having not come across Morpheus or if he would have continued to live on after the encounter, if the latter was the case then being given the “choice” between a blue pill and red pill is in effect ineffective because you will forever live in fear, doubt, and wonder of the unknown and the universe you have chosen to be ignorant of .
Here is an excerpt of one of my favourite books on Wattpad- a reading website:
An extremely informal way of emphasizing my point however sometimes we ask for things or knowledge we don’t really want to possess or be aware of as it may come with negative consequences and emotions. That is the risk one would take if one was to choose the red pill.
NEVERTHELESS, IT IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR TOTAL COMFORT AND TOTAL GROWTH TO COEXIST.