My all-time favourite movie is The Matrix, in particular, the first of the trilogy.
Who remembers that tense scene in which Morpheus offers Neo the choice of the blue pill or the red pill?
Morpheus: (Opening his left hand towards Neo) You take the blue pill, the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. (Next opening his right hand towards Neo) You take the red pill, you stay in wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.
All the while, Neo who is seated facing Morpheus, clutches the arms of his chair, still disoriented from all he’s just been through, uncomfortable, tense, but intrigued at the prospect of truth. As he’s decided, he reaches forward (we almost gulp for him)… Just when he’s about to select the red pill, Morpheus challenges:
Morpheus: Remember! All I’m offering is the truth, nothing more.
His challenge doesn’t stop Neo, however, for the latter proceeds to select the red pill. As he puts the pill in his mouth and takes the glass of water set upon a nearby table, to swallow the pill, Morpheus smiles in satisfaction. Just then, lightning flashes and thunder cracks (at the same time…hmm)!
Morpheus: (Getting up from the chair, instructs Neo) Follow me.
Boy! The things we do with our freedom: we choose to go into the rabbit hole, trusting that as we go along, we will discover just how deep the rabbit hole goes and will find truth. Choice requires courage. Choosing truth requires even more courage. This is the beauty (or the burden) of freedom. In my best Agent tone, I say, ‘It is inevitable’.
What about you? Have you ever been placed in such a position – to choose between the known and the unknown; the comfortable and habitual versus the uncomfortable and the new or irregular? What was it like for you? What did you choose? If you chose the blue pill (signifying stability and predictability), what has life been like for you? What are some of the compromises that you’ve had to make because of that stability and predictability? Have you had to give up your values, or perhaps, you’ve had to re-shape your values to fit in with the pattern of predictability and stability. Perhaps you’ve lost touch with who you are, what your passion is, and have convinced yourself that you could live with the stable and the predictable. Do you sometimes wonder what your life would have been had you chosen the red pill?
For the Neos out there, who chose the red pill (red signifying blood, life and courage) what has it been for you? What has the leap of faith into the rabbit hole of truth revealed to you? How have you grown in the discomfort of the unknown? How have you allowed yourself to be led into all truth, and in being led into all truth, realised that there’s nowhere more comforting, while discomforting, than walking in the truth – of who you are and what you were called to be and to do? What have been some of the fallacies that you’ve had to let go of? How liberating has that been for you? What has it taught you about yourself?
Friends, whether you choose the blue pill or the red pill, you have made a choice. Know this, though, that, unlike the take-it-now-or-leave-it-red-or-blue-pill challenge that Morpheus threw out at Neo, it’s never too late to select the red pill. Truth is always there for the taking. Don’t be afraid. Be of good courage…reach out, take the red pill, step into the truth.
My choice? Well…red has always been one of my favourite colours!
Until next time, love, peace and joy!