Do you prefer the brutal truth of reality or the blissful ignorance of illusion? The Matrix asked this philosophical question to the millions of people as “the Red Pill or the Blue Pill?”. We will discuss the depths of this question.
It has been 19 years since we watched one of the most incredible movies of all time. The Matrix was first screened on 31 March 1999. In the movie, there are many references to historical myths and philosophical subjects like existentialism and nihilism. Please note that next paragraphs may include some spoilers regarding the movie. Beyond any doubt, one of the most memorable scenes was in the very beginning of the movie. Morpheus explains Neo that the world we live is just a fabricated reality of the Matrix and offers the way to the enlightenment with these words:
This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill—the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill—you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes. Remember: all I’m offering is the truth. Nothing more.
The Red Pill
The red color refers to a human that is aware of the life. It allows the locating the subject’s body in the real world. Morpheus offers knowledge, freedom, and adversity with this pill. However, all these merits come with a price (as Neo will learn later).
The Blue Pill
The blue pill allows the subject to remain in the illusion of life created by the Matrix. This pill offers falsehood, security, and happiness. The first reference that comes to one’s mind is “ignorance is bliss”!
The Red Pill or the Blue Pill
As you would remember, Neo takes the red pill and his journey begins in the real world. Morpheus rescues him and shows the reality of the Matrix. The Matrix is an advanced computer simulation of life and the Earth. It was created by the Architect in order to use the body heat and bio-electricity of the human bodies, while their minds are controlled and manipulated.
Nevertheless, the basic premise of this headline question is the difference between ignorance and awareness. Does ignoring things prevent us from getting hurt? Or do the things that we don’t know may hurt us as well? If you were Neo, would you choose the brutal truth of reality (the red pill) or the blissful ignorance of illusion (the blue pill)?