Essay, Pages 3 (707 words)
To this question, I must say I would take the blue pill. There are of course many reasons to doubt my decision and take the red pill, but those don’t overcome the confusion and harsh reality that would be experienced if I didn’t take the blue pill. Imagine having to deal with the fact that you weren’t truly living all this time, that your body had been useless to you and was simply being used as a form of energy or that everything you thought you felt or experienced wasn’t really being felt or experienced.
Also, how could you be sure that someone with two pills isn’t just bluffing you? If you haven’t had any reason to doubt the life you were living before, as in you hadn’t experienced anything out of the ordinary, then how would you know that someone offering you two random colored pills isn’t simply trying to drug you? I mean, isn’t the idea of a Matrix a little absurd? And even if you were to believe it, and take the red pill, how do you know that the world you are going to isn’t just another layer of the Matrix?
How do you know when you have actually hit reality? I would choose to take the blue pill for numerous reasons: firstly, I wouldn’t necessarily believe a Matrix existed, especially since I haven’t seen anything extraordinary in my lifetime.
I haven’t seen people flying, or someone walking straight through a door so why should I doubt the veracity of my life?
Unless I saw with my own two eyes (and wasn’t dreaming it) a man, as Mr.
Koppe said, put his hand straight through a television, then I don’t have any reason to doubt what I am living is reality Furthermore, if someone offered me the chance to witness the “real world” and all it is all one big disaster, why would I give up a fairly luxurious life for one filled with doubt and suffering? I have been told that the “real world” is a “post-apocalyptic wasteland, grey and desolate” therefore isn’t any better than the Matrix. The Matrix doesn’t seem at all bad compared to that, and why would I want to give up a lifestyle that I believe is authentic?
I would have to get used to a completely different way of living that is, in fact, worse. Further on, I would also have to learn to live with the fact that I could have also chosen a comfortable life in the matrix if I would have only taken the blue pill. In the Matrix, the computer programs and Artificial Intelligences don’t directly affect my life or control me, although they believe I am a “cancer to this world”. I have never felt directly managed or threatened, and live a comfortable and somewhat happy life and wouldn’t give that up to fight a war in horrible conditions.
By taking the blue pill, I would completely forget about the idea of there being another reality and continuing living my life assuming I was actually living in the “real world”. I wouldn’t have to deal with the idea of the two worlds, or the fact that my body is being held in a pod to provide energy, or that what I am doing isn’t real. I would go on living believing everything I sensed, felt, and experienced was true and I would not have to question it. For all I know, everything I am doing is all actually happening and the world I live in is reality.
I believe it would cause me terrible psychological issues to try to understand and to also accept that the life that I lived in the Matrix was just an illusion. Likewise, how could I accept the fact that I wasn’t actually living; I was being reared like an animal in a pod. I would have to accept that I hadn’t actually loved or been loved, I hadn’t actually been happy or sad, or that I hadn’t worked for any successes. Personally, I don’t think I would be able to deal with that reality if I were perfectly satisfied believing the Matrix was the “real world”. As James Pryor stated, I would probably risk going “insane”.