Friday, 13 January 2017

Damn it, Morpheus ...

In the movie The Matrix, Morpheus said, "You take the blue pill, the story ends. You wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe."

In the movie two pills were offered; a blue pill and a red pill. Both were significant from a cultural perspective. Choosing the red pill symbolised your desire to embrace the truth of reality, no matter how painful that truth might be. Conversely, if the blue pill were chosen, it symbolised that you were less interested in the truth, but rather were content to bask away in a blissful ignorance of illusion. All in all, quite the analogy. Will it be the red pill, or the blue pill. Hmm. Which one would you choose?

Along comes this meme, and I couldn't help but chuckle: "Damn it Morpheus, I took the blue pill, and I still woke up at work." In other words, I don't really care about the truth; I'd rather wallow in a carefree illusion of my own pseudo-reality, a faux reality of my own making that life would somehow be better if I didn't have to work. Sigh, sound familiar? Work? Hmm, come on blue pill of lotto winnings! Come on easy street!

Funny? Yes, but just maybe a little too close to reality as well, and by default, home, as yet again, I find myself waking up at work counting the days until I can retire or quit, whichever comes first. But then again, maybe the reason for it all is that someone slipped me the red pill when I wasn't looking, and I only thought I took the blue pill. Maybe a part of me still sees past the pie-in-the-sky blue pill utopia and still has a foot planted firmly on red pill terra firma. Sigh; welcome to the Matrix.