On the Eve of the release of The Matrix Resurrections movie

On the eve of the release of next film The Matrix Resurrections it is as well to review what the two paths represent. I came across this exposition elsewhere on the web, so rather than reiterate it I am posting it here.

The RED Pill is the path of Philosophy and Reasoning and Critical Thinking and Science and testing. The BLUE Pill is that of simple and uncritical belief and emotional decision making. Which shall it be? Education and the Liberal Arts and Sciences are about the Red Pill.

One of the core themes of The Matrix is the concept that if you want to transform your world, you must first identify how you have been programmed, decide whether the programming is accurate, then decide whether to reprogram yourself.

You will be challenged in a Philosophy class and in many classes. How will you respond to the challenge that education poses to your beliefs, to your blue pill world?

As a simple start to the Red Pill path or some further steps along that path you might go to look to find five of the beliefs that you held to be true that you later discovered are not true. Or perhaps more easy to find ones that you consider true and other people don’t. Another exercise would be to realize that you already should be aware that things are not always as they appear to be or as we are led to believe. Name one such thing in your life.

This should open up to the possibility that not all beliefs that we hold to be true are actually true and that it would be of great value to question beliefs and to examine them to determine which beliefs have more evidence and reason to support them and distinguish them from others with less support. Philosophy is a method for doing that examination concerning some of the most basic questions and issues human have ever confronted.

THERE IS A WARNING: the dangers of the Blue Pill

Chancellor Palpatine overshadowed by his Sith Lord

Thinking that the Blue Pill is the way to go, the Blue Pill will provide you with comfort and security and stability and order will involve great costs to those that use that approach to life. Notice that these are actually the values held by those with a Conservative persuasion. Not that I want to make this particularly political, because the other side of the house holds equally self-destructive ideas. All politicians are sales clerks to the masses.

It will imperil a society dominated by this type of uncritical thinking. It exposes those who use it to greater risks of infections and diseases as they will not use the latest scientific findings about the causes of illnesses and the spread of disease. (Again I didn’t write this and the aim is not to take sides here only to invite questions.)

It permits people to hold stereotypical and prejudicial notions of other peoples and to act on false claims. It supports racist and sexist ideas and practices and other forms of irrational discriminations and injustices based on uncritical beliefs. It subjects practitioners of the Blue Pill path to victimization by charlatans and hucksters and those that operate ponzi schemes based on irrational hope. The definition of a pyramid scheme is top-down benefits. Based on this Governments and Business are pyramid schemes.

The Blue Pill path is attractive to those with concern for self over others and for the present over the long term but it too often proves to be quite the opposite of what was hoped for when choosing the Blue Pill. So here we all stand with offers of Blue Pill or the Red? Do you want to stay in the dream or wake up to the possibilities and their inherent uncertainty. Waking up to the dream is likely to be a traumatic event and knowing that at any moment one could just as easily fall asleep again.

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