The dark alleyways of the internet are inundated with the “red pill vs. blue pill” allegory introduced by the 1999 science fiction film The Matrix. Although I sometimes find the “pill allegory” to be passé, its insight and utility have recurred throughout my career as a content creator and pundit.
For those readers who are not familiar with the concept, Know Your Meme defines the term “Red Pill” thusly:
The science-fictional concepts of the "red pill" and the "blue pill" originate from the 1999 science fiction film The Matrix, wherein the main protagonist Neo (portrayed by Keanu Reeves) is offered to take either a blue-colored pill or a red-colored pill, the former of which would allow him to remain in the simulated universe within "The Matrix" and enjoy the comforts of life in ignorance, while the latter would lead him to escape from the fabricated reality into the physical realm that is harsher and more challenging in nature.
The Red Pill is a metaphorical term used to describe the epiphany of the unpleasant truth of reality in a wide range of contexts. Originally introduced as a crucial plot device in the 1999 science fiction film The Matrix, the term has gained widespread usage online among conspiracy theorists and other advocates of minority views in defense of their radical beliefs and proselytism of new adherents. Conversely, the term "blue pill" is used to describe the act of choosing blissful ignorance over the harsh truth.
Of course, for those readers who are veteran internet creatures, you are most likely aware of other colored “pills” that have emerged to describe an assortment of worldviews.
For instance, the "Black Pill” has been used to describe a nihilistic, fatalistic, or “collapsitarian” worldview. On the other hand, the “White Pill” refers to a person who has taken the “Red Pill,” is aware of its uncomfortable truths, but is nevertheless optimistic. He understands that not everything in life is negative, and humbly accepts the challenge of making positive change in the world (if only).
Lost in the independent evolution of the internet’s “Red Pill” culture is the actual artistic and philosophical genius of the original film series.
According to the film’s stars, they were required to read Simulcra and Simulation, Out of Control: The New Biology of Machines, Social Systems and the Economic World, and Dylan Evans’s works on evolutionary psychology before even opening the script.
If you are not familiar with the underlying concepts behind The Matrix Trilogy, read a synopsis here.
While there are a multitude of philosophical elements present in The Matrix Trilogy, the primary allegory of the film reeks of anarchist political philosophy.
By far, my favorite take on the series was delivered by voluntaryist speaker Mark Passio in his 2013 presentation: The Matrix Trilogy Decoded.
In his presentation, Passio explains how the Matrix itself is an allegory for control. Of course, from the anarchist perspective, those who do not realize they are trapped in the Matrix are those who falsely believe that the State is a legitimate institution.
Passio explains the crux of the resistance against the machine regime. They are the three main characters of the trilogy: Neo, Trinity, and Morpheus. Together, they represent the three different aspects of human consciousness.
Neo represents human will, courage, and action. Neo is our desire for true freedom. He is the exercise of conscience, doing what is right.
Morpheus represents the mind, intelligence, thought, and truth. In Greek, Morpheus is the Revealer of Dreams. Morpheus reveals the truth to Neo: the Matrix is a prison for the mind. It is a computer simulation projected onto the minds of human slaves who are being farmed by machines for their life energy.
Trinity represents our emotions, love, compassion, and the heart. She is the center. She is the Sacred Feminine. She is the bridge between the mind and the Will. She brings Morpheus and Neo together.
One could also say that the trio of characters represents the Holy Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
In his analysis, Passio identifies a major theme of the film: the plight of the Sacred Feminine.
At the beginning of every film in the trilogy, Neo, the human Will, is asleep and Trinity, the Sacred Feminine, is in grave danger. They are both separated from Morpheus, the mind.
Indeed, the peril of the sacred feminine does not just exist in The Matrix Trilogy. Fiction is but a tool for exploring and expressing reality.
In July of 2000, filmmaker and radio host Alex Jones infiltrated the Bohemian Grove, a retreat for wealthy elites located in California. Jones and his cameraman were able to film a ritual known as the “Cremation of Care.” In it, wealthy elites in business, finance, and government, appear to perform a ritual in front of a 200-foot-tall stone owl. During the climax of the ritual, the participants cheer while an effigy of a child is burned. The “Cremation of Care” ritual is not fiction. Indeed its existence as filmed by Jones has been confirmed in several major publications.
Some have attempted to dispel rumors that the ritual is a satanic testament to Moloch, whom Alex Jones asserts is an ancient demon of child sacrifice. These detractors argue that the purpose of the ritual is to rid its participants from the “dull cares” of life such as anxiety, stress, and over-work.
A more sinister interpretation of the ritual, one that I would posit, positions the Cremation of Care as an attempt to rid its participants of the Sacred Feminine.
Further, we are participants in a massive reification of the Cremation of Care. It is no better embodied than by the incredibly anti-social policy behind the global regime’s response to COVID-19.
Policies such as “social distancing,” mask mandates, remote work (for the privileged white-collar class), prohibited work (for the rest of you peasants), and the banning of social gatherings isolate us from each other. In this isolation, what is left to nourish the Sacred Feminine force of care, love, compassion, fellowship, and empathy?
These policies are nothing new. In Episode 143 of the Liberty Weekly Podcast, I interviewed communist escapee, Carmen Alexe. Carmen and I discussed her upbringing in communist Romania during the 1980s. One of the most profound observations she made concerned the lack of empathy in a communist society. This is because everyone is so destitute, the only way to increase their lot in life is to lie, cheat, steal, or accept bribes.
Much like the totalitarianism of the COVID-19 regime, I would argue that communist governments defile the Sacred Feminine by suppressing human interactions in the marketplace. Old-school communist authoritarianism has only donned a new visage.
It started with “Two Weeks to Slow the Spread.” The goalposts then shifted to months of lockdowns. We are currently on day 283 of the first two-week quarantine in California.
By suppressing that which makes us human, the Sacred Feminine, the regime is also alienating us from our Will and our minds. Without the heart—the Sacred Feminine, the human race is the spiritual equivalent of the walking dead.
We are there. Much like the subterranean hellscape the human race inhabits in The Matrix, the chasm of the black future has seemingly engulfed us. For surely, the regime will continue to ravage the Sacred Feminine until a Morpheus appears to awaken human Will.
Until that day, dear reader, we persist in uttering “wake up, Neo.”