We all have probably read about how real the concept of matrix could be and what it means in life. But as always is a reminder is always welcomed. At every step of our lives we are given the option taking the red pill or the green one. And the choice too is definitely ours. But what people do not realize is that true freedom comes at a very high cost. Its something not many of us are willing to pay for.
But having said that; we also assume that we know the real meaning of freedom. On the wake of Indian Independence back in 1947, Jawarharlal Nehru said – ” The achievement we celebrate today is but a step, an opening of opportunity, to the greater triumphs and achievements that await us. Are we brave enough and wise enough to grasp this opportunity and accept the challenge of the future? Freedom and power bring responsibility. The responsibility rests upon this assembly, a sovereign body representing the sovereign people of India. Before the birth of freedom we have endured all the pains of labor and our hearts are heavy with the memory of this sorrow.” So does ‘freedom’ mean more responsibility? Responsible for what? For behaving in a certain way in a society? For making leaps and achieving success at work? For ensuring you lived a life you dreamed of? Is all of this real freedom? or is just following your heart to do what you want real freedom? And if that is the case are corrupt politicians also enjoying true freedom?
The second thing I find worthy of being questioned here is – “Are there always only two pills to choose from?” One would just jump to the answer that it is not the case there must always be a third pill – kind of invisible to many and if you look closely you might find that. Someone else would then add to that saying ‘Its your perspective that shows you two pills since in reality there might even be 3 or 4 or 100 pills being given as option’. Is that really true? Are we always given that many options? And if that is correct do we always really see these options? How many of them are even considered as options in the first place? What if there are really no options at all at a particular juncture in your life? And if even that question is not true?
The third assumption we made was the fact that red pill was actually a way to freedom. It is really easy to say that the fabricated matrix was wasn’t the real world and the struggle was. But in the real world the difference is not always that clearly defined. It is all on one’s perspective. In the popular Indian epic – Ramayana; Raavan is assumed to be an evil character and Ram to be the true hero slaying Raavan to protect his wife who was kidnapped by Raavan. It is a classic epic. But how much of it is really true? Is Raavan really nothing but an evil character? There are Indian traditions, however, where Raavan is not only vindicated as a figure of immense moral and physical strength, but where he appears as the chief protagonist of the Ramayana. His immense penance, learning, and devotion to Brahma earned him the latter’s gratitude. Raavan wished to have Sita for himself only if she gave her consent; to do otherwise was to abandon the badge of honor that he, the mightiest of the asuras or demons, carried. This sounds to me to be very honorable and respectable. Then why is it that every time we speak of Raavan the only thing that comes to our mind is evil. Is our perspective that limited? Was the red pill really the path to freedom? Did it really wake us up to reality? or did it just conveniently put us through some nightmare? Does the real freedom be achieved just by having the pill? Does blue pill really take us deeper into the matrix?
The real matrix is not about choosing which pill to consume. It is about understanding where you stand; about realizing what you really want; about deciding where you want to go from here on; about preparing yourself for the repercussions of the pill you decide to take and about figuring out the way to enjoy the pill you decide to consume. That for is the real matrix here.