Filmspotting (one of my favorite podcasts) has just posed this question from The Matrix as their latest poll. Do you take the…
Blue pill – the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe
Red pill – you stay in Wonderland and you see how deep the rabbit-hole goes
Like Neo, my choice was to take the red pill…that is, until I read this response from a commenter:
Taking the blue pill is the only rational choice. Here’s why: The question presupposes that you already know the Matrix exists. Because you’ve been granted this knowledge, there’s a serious epistemological problem here. Even if you stay in Wonderland, there’s no way you can ever be sure that you’re not still in the Matrix, albeit a different and far bleaker manifestation of it. What, you’re supposed to believe this is reality just because a guy in a leather trench coat and sunglasses says so? Your real options are between a world of perpetual, mind-crushing epistemic uncertainty (red pill) and one of relative psychological comfort and ease (blue pill), the latter of which, post-pill-ingestion, will at least give you some ontological ground to stand on. In the words of Mr. White, that ain’t no choice at all.
I’m convinced. How about you?
Comment and let me know what you think.