Challenge vs Comfort

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:

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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.

The Matrix as a generated reality – the invention of malicious machines – is a reference to Descartes‘ First Meditation, or evil demon.- wiki

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My TOK Song – Theory Of Knowlegde

These are MY chosen  TOK songs.

At first, I was only going to use ‘Patience’, however, I felt that it was necessary to also use Dave’s ‘Questions’  as it highlights our current issues, and expresses so vividly the waves of emotions we- the youth of Britain- feel at this present time.The main reason I chose these songs, as well as the interview, is that it showcases the relatively young black man, questioning the boundaries and walls and so-called way of life that has been forced upon them by the government (the white man). What strikes me so much about ‘Questions’ is that if this song was playing most adults would dismiss is as riffraff rap music that is so negatively influencing the youngsters of our day and age. Dave is 19 years of age, a few years older than me, and most of the teachers/adults I know could not articulate their opinions in such a clear way.

My point is that these men are questioning “knowledge”. Why are we so gullible and quick to believe what the people in power tell us, why are we so slow to hear the shrieking silence of what they fail to admit, most at times intentionally.

Damien Marley sings :

‘Huh, we born not knowing, are we born knowing all?
We growing wiser, are we just growing tall?
Can you read thoughts? can you read palms?
Huh, can you predict the future? can you see storms, coming?
The Earth was flat if you went too far you would fall off
Now the Earth is round
If the shape change again everybody woulda start laugh
The average man can’t prove of most of the things
That he chooses to speak of
And still, won’t research and find out
The root of the truth that you seek of
Scholars teach in Universities and claim that they’re smart and cunning
Tell them find a cure when we sneeze
And that’s when their nose start running
And the rich get stitched up, when we get cut
Man a heal dem broken bones in the bush with the wet mud
Can you read signs? can you read stars?’

In my first TOK lesson, Mr Saha asked us why do we readily believe what is in a science textbook, but not in a religious book such as the Bible, what is the difference which forms the deciding factor? I question: why is it okay that in our society one’s own personal knowledge – a belief which is justified and true to them is less credited if it is not in a science book. I believe TOK  is all about questioning and I believe that it is vital for us as individuals to question the beliefs, constructs and constraints formed by the society we live in, as Socrates says: ” The unexamined life is not worth living”.                  Why is money supposedly the root of our worldly happiness? Why are most if not all things in the western world driven by the gain of money? My analysis: The same reason the love of money is the root of all evil.

Nas raps:

‘Who wrote the Bible? Who wrote the Qur’an?
And was it a lightning storm
That gave birth to the Earth
And then dinosaurs were born? damn
Who made up words? Who made up numbers?
And what kind of spell is mankind under?
Everything on the planet we preserve and can it
Microwaved it and try it
No matter what we’ll survive it
What’s hue? What’s man? What’s human?
Anything along the land we consuming
Eatin’, deletin’, ruin
Trying to get paper
Gotta have land, gotta have acres
So I can sit back like Jack Nicholson
Watch niggas play the game like the Lakers
In a world full of 52 fakers
Gypsies, seances, mystical prayers
You superstitious? throw salt over your shoulders
Make a wish for the day cuz
Like somebody got a doll of me
Stickin’ needles in my arteries
But I can’t feel it
Sometimes it’s like ‘part of me, but I got a real big spirit’
I’m fearless…. I’m fearless
Don’t you try and grab hold of my soul                                                                                          It’s like a military soldier since seven years old
I held real dead bodies in my arms
Felt their body turn cold, oh
Why we born in the first place
If this is how we gotta go?
Damn’ 

patience patience patience
its what the world is about
patience patience patience
let’s all join souls

First Impressions – Theory Of Knowledge

Skepticism and apprehension were the two main emotions out of the multitude that I felt,  upon entering the start of my IB course and this was only regarding the subjects I  willingly chose to do; let alone Theory of Knowledge! I have heard of it, the friends I had who also did IB the year prior would mention it once or twice in passing, almost as if it was nothing but a rumor or myth. I came to find out that I was indeed surely mistaken.My mum always advises me to plan ahead, question- to ensure I always know what I am doing and when I m doing it, however, I really did not do this with TOK.

After coming to the conclusion that TOK was actually a vital part of my International Baccalaureate Diploma, in fact so vital it would have a make or break effect on it, I decided to start the course with optimism; and I am happy that I did.

Similar to philosophy, I found that I  did, quite surprisingly, very quickly take an interest into the – I won’t call it “subject” because it just isn’t (to me) –  lesson. The initial thing that my teacher Mr. Saha got my class to do was a truth challenge: Write three things about ourselves, two which were true and one which was a  lie. Mine were if I remember correctly: My birthday is January 5th, 2001 (truth), I have been to four countries in my lifetime excluding England (truth) and (at 5″3) I am the tallest in my family (lie). It was a fun exercise with which we got to introduce and learn more about each other, however when Mr. Saha questioned us about how in fact we know that what we have put as truths are actually true, I immediately acknowledged the importance of our words, experiences and more importantly the impact TOK will have on my understanding of them.