The Blue Pill Choice
- The Blue Pill Choice
by John Carter McKnight
In The Matrix, the hero chooses the red pill, symbolizing awareness and
the struggle for human freedom. Most of the space community, along with
much of our society as a whole, however, has enthusiastically embraced
the blue pill alternative - willful ignorance and life in a fantasyland.
Only by consistently "just saying no" to those blue pill choices will we
get into space to stay.
The Matrix, and its current sequel, The Matrix Reloaded, portrays the
real world as a place of struggle - grubby, unglamorous, dangerous and
The computer-generated fantasy world of the Matrix, by contrast, is a
place where skills can be instantly uploaded rather than slowly
mastered, where pesky laws of nature can be circumvented, and where
style points definitely matter.
It is, in short, utopia for a people without patience or concern for
consequences, who want their cake without the calorie burden of actually
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