Why, oh why, didn't I take the blue pill?
- HawaiianBrianLv 51 decade agoFavorite Answer
The choice between a red/blue pill is the basic dilemma faced by atheist and believer in choosing between reality or fantasy. Should we choose the red pill of wisdom (free thinker / skeptic / atheist), or the blue pill of happiness (believer / religion / faith / not questioning)? In a nutshell, do humans want to be wise or happy? As your question notes, many willingly choose the blue pill or the philosophy of 'ignorance is bliss'.
“The use of a red pill is an allusion to the use of a similar device in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The Matrix movies commonly use references from this other work of fiction. For instance, when Morpheus offers the red pill to Neo, he says that by taking the red pill, he would show Neo "how deep the rabbit hole goes." The red pill also features in the movie Total Recall. In this movie the protagonist Quaid is purported to be having a schizo-paranoia episode, resulting in the situation he finds himself in on Mars. The red pill is, here, the path 'out' of this episode and back to a normal life.”
Cypher: I know what you're thinking, 'cause right now I'm thinking the same thing. Actually, I've been thinking it ever since I got here: Why oh why didn't I take the BLUE pill?
Morpheus: The Matrix is everywhere, it is all around us. Even now, in this very room. You can see it when you look out your window, or when you turn on your television. You can feel it when you go to work, or when go to church or when you pay your taxes. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.
Neo: What truth?
Morpheus: That you are a slave, Neo. Like everyone else, you were born into bondage, born inside a prison that you cannot smell, taste, or touch. A prison for your mind. (long pause, sighs) Unfortunately, no one can be told what the Matrix is. You have to see it for yourself. This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back.
(In his left hand, Morpheus shows a blue pill.)
Morpheus: You take the blue pill and the story ends. You wake in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. (a red pill is shown in his other hand) You take the red pill and you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes. (Long pause; Neo begins to reach for the red pill) Remember -- all I am offering is the truth, nothing more.
(Neo takes the red pill and swallows it with a glass of water)
The Matrix can also be a metaphor for religion. e.g. replace “Matrix” w/ “religion” in the paragraph below.
"Morpheus: The Matrix is a system, Neo. That system is our enemy. But when you're inside, you look around, what do you see? Businessmen, teachers, lawyers, carpenters. The very minds of the people we are trying to save. But until we do, these people are still a part of that system and that makes them our enemy. You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inured, so hopelessly dependent on the system, that they will fight to protect it."
It is of course, no small coincidence that the occupation of "carpenter" was inserted by the writers.
"Religion is but a desperate attempt to find an escape from the truly dreadful situation in which we find ourselves. Here we are in this wholly fantastic universe with scarcely a clue as to whether our existence has any real significance. No wonder then that many people feel the need for some belief that gives them a sense of security, and no wonder that they become very angry with people like me who say that this is illusory."
— Fred Hoyle
"What I conclude is that religion has nothing to do with experience or reason but with deep and irrational needs."
— Richard Taylor
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- RikkiLv 61 decade ago
We must all find our own path to the Oracle in this world of illusions. But, before you go, remember the instruction of the wise child: you must see past what only seems to be there: there is no spoon.
Oh, yeah. And take the blue pill next time.
- 1 decade ago
Coz u've been down that road and you know exactly where it leads. There's nothing there for you now.
- SophistLv 71 decade ago
There are many blue pills with many applications. Which one are you referring to?
- lostagain1701Lv 41 decade ago
:) Who cares about the blue pill, why did I forget the white one!
- Anonymous1 decade ago
I dunno. I took the green one. It tasted like pineapples.
I woke up the next day on an island with only a penguin, a box of old extension cords, and a very emo + angsty walking cane. Oh, and on that island, I counted to infinity twice, reached the end of the song that never ends, and hit the bottom of a bottomless pit. It was cool.Source(s): Yay for nonexistant colors!
- Anonymous1 decade ago
True happiness only comes when you face up to the truth of your situation.