Today’s Tuesday Tip is a redux of a previous article. Click here to read that. If you have ever seen the matrix, then you know that Morpheus offers Neo a choice between the red pill and the blue pill.
Taking the blue pill represents maintaining the status quo. It means living the life that we’ve become accustomed to, good or bad. Many people do not like change, so they listen to the deceptions that life is just one big pot luck and that some people were just born lucky. That may be, but living the continued deception will not change one’s luck.
The blue pill is for people who like to play it safe, never wanting to venture from their comfort zone. Take it and you go on believing whatever it is you want to believe. Some may say that blue-pill people live happy in their ignorance, just as Neo was doing before Morpheus found him in the Matrix.
The red pill represents fundamental truth — the good, the bad, and the ugly. As a professional educator, I think of the red pill as a metaphor for choosing to educate oneself. The red pill represents knowledge acquisition along with the blood, sweat and tears associated with said acquisition. Like Morpheus, I make no promises to my students; I only offer the truth.
The red pill is for people who are willing to go outside their comfort zone to take a calculated risk at something better by earning an education. Some may say that red pill people live happy in knowing the truth regardless of what happens.
So what will you choose? Do you want to see how deep the rabbit hole goes?
Learn. Do. Repeat.