Everybody probably knows the famous scene from the movie The Matrix where Morpheus gives Neo the choice between the blue pill and the red pill. The blue pill puts him back into his fake, seemingly pleasant life, whereas the red pill makes him “stay in Wonderland”. This is supposed to mean Neo wakes up from the fake computer generated reality. But is that really so?
A bit before Neo takes the red pill, Morpheus utters a couple of interesting lines: “You have the look of a man who accepts what he sees. . . .because he’s expecting to wake up.” Another is: ” Let me tell you why you’re here. You know something. What you know, you can’t explain. But you feel it. You felt it your entire life. Something’s wrong with the world. You don’t know what, but it’s there. Like a splinter in your mind. . . .driving you mad. lt is this feeling that has brought you to me.” Perhaps Morpheus isn’t a friendly guru there to help Neo through an arduous waking process, but to make sure Neo stays asleep. Morpheus means sleep after all. The red pill isn’t the right choice, since Neo’s still getting drugged. He still falls back asleep into a fake reality. The right choice would be to refuse both pills.
The blue pill represents descent into apathy and comfort. You accept you are a slave, but rejoice that your cage is at least gilded. Whereas the red pill gives you the illusion that you are awake and fighting against your enemy, whereas you’re probably still stuck in the matrix in one of the pods. They’re just using your aggressive energies to fuel their machines. In effect Neo is a guy who had potential to free himself from the matrix, but he was lured by the false prophet Morpheus into an illusory battle, although he really is just asleep in pod. Neo was a failure, not the Chosen One. The whole bit about him gaining super powers and being a threat to the matrix is a fantasy fed to him by the matrix to please his ego. To give him the sense of satisfaction that he is fighting for humanity, although he really is just a delusional prisoner like the rest.
Why is this important enough then for me to rant about over 15 years after the movie came out? Countless conspiracy theorists have used several scenes from the movie to illustrate their point, and recently the Alt-Right has adopted the term “red-pilling”. Although I’m not sure what exactly does it entail in detail, like the White Genocide, or the Jewish Question perhaps? The red pill, in my opinion, represents being told a part of the truth, but with important details left out. It is given to people who notice something is wrong and want to do something about it, however instead of figuring out all of the facts by themselves, they accept a ready-made scenario. This can be misleading.
I do think this is applicable especially to the Alt-Right. I think there are many decent people there and they are energized to fight for a good cause, but you have to be sure who your friends and enemies are first. And in this day and age it’s not such an easy to thing to figure out. Most certainly there are many stories and claims that are blatantly wrong when you delve into the realm of conspiracy theories as well. Shills, cointelpro and all that.
Don’t buy into any of their false narratives. Don’t follow any group-think or echo-chamber. Don’t take their drugs. Be sober and intellectually independent.
The Matrix (1999) – The Pill scene: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQ1_IbFFbzA