Last Sunday, I was watching the movie Matrix in my television. Yes, the movie in which Keanu Reeves acted as the computer hacker, Neo. This is a 1999 blockbuster that draws rave review from the audiences.
The film describes a future in which reality perceived by humans is actually the Matrix: a simulated reality created by sentient machines in order to pacify and subdue the human population while their bodies’ heat and electrical activities are used as an energy source. Upon learning this, computer programmer Neo is drawn into a rebellion against the machines.
As I was watching the movie, a particular scene gave me a deep insight. Neo is given a chance by his “mentor” – a mysterious character called Morpheus (named after the Greek god of dreams and sleep) to choose to live a different “life”.
When Morpheus and Neo meet, Morpheus offers Neo two pills. The red pill will answer the question “what is the Matrix?” and the blue pill simply for life to carry on as before. As Neo reaches for the red pill Morpheus warns Neo “Remember, all I’m offering is the truth. Nothing more.”
The greatest birth right given to mankind is freedom of choice. The choice to do whatever he wants to achieve (within the legal and moral rules of the society). But I guess many of us do not believe in ourselves deep enough to make a choice to live a better life. We would rather cling on to our old ways of life than to be adventurous and find our own life. To choose the type of life that our heart truely desires.
If Neo chooses the blue pill, would he still be “The One” in Matrix? I guess not. He would be the many faces in this world passing each day and doing the same old stuff.
In my own words, the blue pill represents Security and red pill represents Freedom. The freedom to do what your heart desires, and to do each task with great interest and passion. Naturally, you will also become a “human magnet” and attracts greater things and friends int your life.
If everyday is a chance to make a new choice, which pill would you choose?