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The Matrix and the Red Pill: Why Red Pill Influencers are Misguided
An analysis of how those who follow the teachings of the red pill are no different to their counterparts, and how one can achieve true freedom
Part 1: Introduction
Many individuals desire to escape the societal expectations and norms they have been raised with. When an individual is constantly conditioned to strive for success and material possessions, it can be challenging to break free from a lifestyle focused on pleasure and conformity. Ironically, both the red pill and blue pill advocates seek a sense of belonging and elevated social status. Ultimately, it does not matter to them whether their reality is genuine or illusory as long as their dream existence provides continuous satisfaction and excitement. Both of these ideologies have a strong foundation in materialism
To achieve their goals, both parties in the film engage in ongoing conflict with one another, despite the fact that they ultimately desire the same outcome. However, it is unlikely that a utopian society can be achieved due to the inherent greed of humanity, as individuals will inevitably desire more than their counterparts. This is demonstrated in the film.
According to the AI in the Matrix, "the Matrix is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth." The AI attempted to create a utopia for humans, but "the human mind couldn't be contained within it." Instead, the AI was forced to create a world similar to our own, with "a cataclysmic war between man and machines."
Despite living in the same simulated world, some humans, like the traitor, have it better than others. The traitor asks the Matrix construct, "I want in. I want the one thing you can't give me. I want everything. I want it all." In return, he offers to give up the location of the freedom fighters, who are fighting against the Matrix's control.
In reality, the traitor (Cypher) is trading away his morals (why he chose to fight against the AI, to begin with) because he always wanted an elevated status in life, whether it be an illusion or real. Red pill followers often fit into this same dynamic, in the end, they really only want to gain more resources in life, so they commit the same acts as their blue pill counterparts to achieve this. A perfect example of this is Tate shilling his materialistic lifestyle and making his wealth through cam models. Is he really any less degenerate than the so-called degenerates he so often attacks?
Part 2: True desires
Many individuals are unaware of their true desires. They yearn for membership in the elite, access to unlimited resources, and a life of extravagance and excess. Reality is of little concern as long as the illusion is convincing. The traitor in the scene represents the motivations of those who promote the red pill philosophy, seeking only to gratify their desires without regard for the truth.
They crave indulgences that stimulate their dopamine receptors, regardless of the consequences. The key takeaway is that individuals often do not understand their own desires and may be swayed by the prospect of hedonistic pursuits.
In contrast to Neo's existence within the Matrix, Cypher desired a life of privilege within the simulated world. While Neo led a mundane life as a programmer for Meta Cortex and a hacker in secret, Cypher explicitly requested a higher status within the Matrix. This prompts the question: if Neo had been born into wealth and privilege within the Matrix, would he have accepted the red pill? As the red pill philosophy suggests, the answer is likely no.
Thus, the red pill symbolizes the attainment of a level of power, influence, and resources that most individuals could only dream of achieving. When Neo chooses the red pill in the film, he becomes equal to the elite of his world, such as Deus Ex Machina, granting him the ability to manipulate the simulated reality of the Matrix at will, effectively making him a deity within the fictional universe. This iconic scene sparked a philosophical movement, emphasizing the concept of agency and control.
Part 3: Two sides of the same coin
Neo and Cypher both made the choice to elevate themselves from their mundane existences and attain elite status. Neo chose the red pill to leave behind his unremarkable life, while Cypher opted for the blue pill in order to escape his disillusionment with the cause he had been fighting for. Ultimately, both individuals were motivated by a desire to improve their circumstances and took a chance to achieve a higher level of success.
The red-pill movement advocates breaking free from one's constraints in order to attain freedom, which, for many proponents, means living a life of hedonism akin to that of the elite. As a result, those who espouse this ideology often offer courses on how to attract women, amass wealth quickly, and, somewhat paradoxically, escape the Matrix.
Red pill advocates often belittle those who have not attained their level of material success in life, linking freedom to the possession of resources.
This hypocrisy is at the core of the ideology. These followers are more similar to Cypher, the traitor, than to Neo, as they desire nothing more than to be part of the elite. Rather than seeking to escape the Matrix, they are content to remain within its constraints, as long as they have the illusion of freedom.
Therefore, the decision between the blue pill and the red pill is inconsequential to them. They choose the path that allows them to achieve the most desirable lifestyle, even if it means causing harm to their own world and others, much like Cypher in the Matrix.
Part 4: Achieving true freedom
The red pill and the blue pill ultimately are the same thing. The key difference is that both allow someone to choose a different type of escape. The red pill allows someone living a mundane life to live one of excitement, potentially allowing them to ascend their own class, in exchange for betraying the establishment. Meanwhile, the blue pill is the exact opposite. It allows someone who has gone against the system to come back in, in exchange for giving into the system, however gaining status. In this way, both Neo and Cypher are the same, they simply were men trying to escape a hell they were unwittingly thrown into.
“Let go of all earthly tethers. Avoid being a consumer, one should be able to let go of all worldly positions at a moment’s notice without a second thought”
- Pillar one, of “The way”
So how does someone ascend beyond choosing? What do you do when the decision you make is going to cost you something anyway? Either your freedom and morals or your ability to function normally in society due to being blacklisted by the establishment.
The answer is simple really.
"Sometimes the best move is no move."
- Kevin Gates
Society and the establishment often attempt to manipulate individuals into believing that they must align themselves with a specific group or ideology in order to fit in. The internet is frequently a battleground between those who support Andrew Tate and similar figures (those who have "taken the red pill") and those who align with the establishment (those who have "taken the blue pill"). Despite this, it is not necessary to take a side in order to be accepted.
In reality, it’s better to sit on the sidelines and observe these groups. Take lessons from both sides, focus on improving yourself, and instead of blindly following a script to fit into a group to feel a sense of belonging, get comfortable with belonging to no group. This is true freedom.
When you are free to have your own thoughts and ideas instead of adopting those of either controlled opposition or the establishment, you begin to realise that the world is just a giant farm with a small number of wolves herding the sheep. Instead of being a wolf, or the sheep, be the bird that can see the entire board from up above, and focus on yourself. Focus on learning, and building your body and mind and eventually as you become more strong and wise, you will naturally attract the same people to you. In this way, you protect yourself from forced assimilation and even if either side cuts you off, it doesn’t matter, because you don’t need either.
True freedom is realising that this world is nothing, and accepting all the punches as they come, moving forward every day without ever compromising your morals to “fit in”. This is a tough journey, but in the end, it’s worth it.
So let go, stop caring and focus on yourself.
Part 4: Summation
To address the topic at hand, it is clear that red pill shills are incorrect in their beliefs and actions. Both red and blue pill shills prioritize personal gain and pleasure above all else, leading to a life of enslavement to worldly desires. True freedom is achieved through self-improvement and detachment from material possessions and societal expectations. By relinquishing the need for acceptance and validation from others, one is able to express and act authentically, earning the respect of those around them.
“And what is the worldly life except the enjoyment of delusion”
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