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Blue Pill or Red Pill?: America's False Reality

Monday, July 9, 2012

For years, many have questioned the world that they lived in after viewing the popular 1999 science fiction movie "The Matrix" (directed by Larry and Andy Wachowski), in which Thomas A. "Neo" Anderson (played by Keanu Reeves) enters the real world that is in the middle of a machine war near the time of 2099. Before entering the real world, Neo is given a choice of staying inside the false reality of the Matrix or learning the truth and these two choices are given to him through two pills that he could take. The blue pill is offered first, and would allow Thomas Anderson to stay trapped inside the false reality of the Matrix. The second offering, the red pill, would allow Mr.Anderson to literally become unplugged from the Matrix, and give him access to the real world. This decision is crucial in the Matrix trilogy, as it expands the plot of the series. The choice Neo had to make in that moment has been analyzed by many in the past and compared to real life situations, and today I will give another comparison that ties into the political world of the United States of America.

As a part of the young youth in this country, the America I have grown to know since the 1990s is one that for many years I was content with. I was born into the Clinton era and over the course of my life, I have been fooled into believing that the United States of America is a great country, the world's only superpower, and a country that deserves nothing more than the utmost respect. After all "the land of the free and the home of the brave" triumphing over British monarchs in order to from their own independent country sounds like enough to make you respect your country when it's the only thing you hear about. Undoubtedly, I was trapped inside of the Matrix since my birth, letting the machines of big government feed off of my energy for nearly two decades.

However, I recently was given the same choice that Neo was given in "The Matrix": Have a false reality pulled over your eyes forever, or learn the truth. The choice came to me in January of this year in my U.S. Government class. With the Republican Primaries just underway, my teacher goes through the list of presidential hopefuls, and when asked if any could beat President Obama, he gave a reason for why each of the candidates may not beat the incumbent President. When he mentioned Ron Paul's old age, I looked at the top of the wall in front of me and glanced at a picture of Ronald Reagan, taking into account that he was the oldest President. I thought to myself "If the only thing he can come up with that goes against Paul is he age, Paul must be pretty good." At that point, Morpheus had both of his hands outstretched, metaphorically speaking.

Later that evening, I did some researching on three of the Republican nominees: Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and Ron Paul. I found that I could not trust Romney at his word and could not find much of anything on Santorum, but Ron Paul really grasped my attention. Hearing Paul speak about the Constitution, how the P.A.T.R.I.O.T Act and NDAA were taking away civil liberties, and non-interventionism with foreign countries made me grab the red pill and see "how deep the rabbit-hole goes," (The Matrix, 1999).

I continue to see how deep the rabbit-hole truly is, but others have not reached the point of choice yet, essentially taking the blue pill until they see the choice. While many are trapped into believing whatever is said by the cooperate media and government, there are still those brave enough to question the world they live in, questioning its circumstances and its substance of reality. The choice of taking the "red pill" over the "blue pill" or vice versa is not an easy decision to make, even though it seems like a simple choice. The truth can at times seem incredible, or a pure fabrication just to get attention. After all, if you lived your life knowing only one way to live and something different comes along, just how would you react? For some people, it is hard to accept the truth, so hard that they do not want to believe that anything other than what they already know is out in the world. It may seem that accepting a false reality at this point would be the best thing to do compared to the alternative of the overwhelming truth, right? If nothing changes, then nothing can go wrong. This is incorrect.

In a scene of "The Matrix" Morpheus (played by Laurence Fishburne) and Neo are walking down a crowded sidewalk, with Morpheus explaining the Matrix and its function to Neo, when the naive Anderson catches the eye of an attractive female in a red dress. Caught off guard, Neo is interrupted by Morpheus, and when he turns around to see the girl again, she is replaced by an Agent, the antagonist of the plot. Morpheus tells Neo that, contrary to what Neo thought, the area they were located was not the Matrix. Instead it was a system used to show Anderson that "...if you are not one of us, you are one of them," (Matrix 1999).

This can be used as a metaphor to prove that no change can indeed make things go wrong. As I said before, I was born during the Clinton era and since that time things have only gotten worse because people have been fooled into thinking that nothing is wrong with the American government and are to afraid to see any real change (even though they supported it in 2007). Tricked into believing what they have been told since January 1993 allows any of them to turn against the true principles of the United States at any given moment. Due to these potential Agents giving in to the Matrix of the American government, tyranny has continued to grow in the United States, and as the tyranny grows the true principles that America once stood for slowly vanish.

For years, and in some cases decades, people have fought to revolt against the American government and restore the principles that the United States were founded upon and the laws that made the country respectful. Due to these individuals speaking out, and not giving up, we have reached the ultimate point in the United States, and eventually, we will all have too make the choice between the two pills. We, the People of the United States of America, can choose either to take the blue pill and lead our country to destruction or take the red pill and rebuild this country to its former glory one step at a time. If you can not yet see those outstretched hands containing these pills, I am sure that you will eventually. Everything that occurs in life starts with a choice. So, my fellow Americans, what will you choose?

Blue pill or red pill?

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