I’m guessing you all have seen The Matrix. I’m also guessing that the film alone would’ve been enough and that its sequels were as bad as the Star Wars prequels. For those who haven’t, SPOILER ALERT!
Here’s a few lines from the movie:
“This is your last chance. After this there is no turning back. You take the blue pill: the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill: you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.”
The online dictionary also points out:
The concept has a precedent in the 1990 science fiction film Total Recall. In that film, one character offers another a red pill, which is said to be a symbol of his “desire to return to reality.” There’s no blue pill presented, however.
In today’s cyberculture, the term ‘red pill’ or ‘red pilled’ is used almost exclusively by usually extreme right wing thinkers, particularly the misogynistic crowd. It likely originated from a Reddit group called “The Red Pill” where males who belong to movements like the Men’s Rights Movement, neo-Nazis and the alt-right believe that women are not the true victims of gender oppression. Men are! They place the blame squarely on feminism, believing that it keeps men down while building women up.
‘Red pilling’ may go so far as to go full-on ultra conservative and embrace an extreme right wing mentality, believing that political correctness and activism by marginalized groups are the real forces of hate, that there are unseen higher powers at work and they’re trying to control, radically change or destroy society. Many of them are young white males who believe conspiracy theories, especially if they allude to white genocide. As the Daily Koz puts it:
These theories all tell the same larger narrative: that the world is secretly run by a nefarious cabal of globalists (who just happen to be Jewish), and that they employ an endless catalog of dirty tricks and “false flags” to ensure the world doesn’t know about its manipulations, the whole point of which ultimately is the enslavement of mankind. Each day’s news events can thus be interpreted through the up-is-down prism this worldview imposes, ensuring that every national tragedy or mass shooting is soon enmeshed in a web of theories about its real purpose.
The irony though is that such people claim how they’re free thinkers not bound by ignorance. But the reality – the kind they reject as if it was the actual matrix – is they willfully submitted to ignorance, then hate and if they have weapons and are furious enough, violence.
Not all or even most white males succumb to the drug, but there are a lot who’ve become “red pill-heads” in need of rehab. Whether it’s a warning sign of mental illness is debatable. But there’s no time for talk if and when red pills can lead to seeing red and spilling red, blood that is.