Sunday, April 26, 2009

The purple pill

I was having a phone conversation with a friend of mine... to whom I talk about anything and all... I talk to this person about the movies that I watch the books that I read and what I like about them... I was telling to her about Crime and Punishment and Dostoevsky which I am reading currently...

She asked me "What is existentialism?"

I am not good with definitions... So I started off with something, but in the end, I was very much impressed by the explanation that I came up with, based on my understanding of existentialism and it led to a bizarre discovery of the metaphor in matrix…

To start of with, there are two kinds of people in the world. Those who believe in religion, friendship, love, God and so on and so forth and they tend to get a shock when someone tends to defer with their view...

When Mr.T_____ says to them,"You know what I think, God does not exist, and the same goes for love, friendship, family. All these thingamajigs were created by the collective conscience of self-righteous men, for the so called betterment of the people of the world...”

He might get one of the following...


1) "IS THAT SO??? Do YOU want to know what I think of you(to be said like Homer Simpson) ... I think that you are a stupid freak of nature, running behind anything that sounds fancy.."

2)"eh, so what?"

3)"Hey you crazy @%#%^!@#$.... Fuck off"

4) An excruciating kick in the crotch...

The second kind might or might not believe in the all the aforementioned stuff... He might be an atheist, agnostic or a devout believer... it is not these things that actually put him in the second category... But when he is told something like what was told to the first guy... He might not be that very reproachful... He might even think that there might be some possible truth to this theory...



Life is miserable, you know… It’s good or bad, only till you don’t analyze it… when you start that, it becomes miserable… but miserable is not bad, since it’s true… but miserable is good, only for people who want the truth...but one never gets to know the truth, because there is no one truth, or at least that is what people in search of the one truth would say... kind of reminds me of the sour grapes story, but what if these grapes where actually sour this time… you never know... but you know what… many don’t need the truth… they are happy as they are… good for them…these people who would fall in the first category, unaware of the the actual state, but definitely happy to be in a virtual reality built by the rules of our everyday world…but what’s wrong with that?--says Mr.T____

You have to understand that many people are not ready to be unplugged, and many of them are so inured, so hopelessly dependent on the system that they will fight to protect it.--Morpheus

The conversations in The Matrix, is not only Sci-Fi-machine-takes-over-humans stuff, but has a strong philosophical undercurrent… I watched it once more today… and almost all the dialogues had another meaning this time…It was great fun...

And then I realized that many might have already found this out… and searched on the net… I googled for the words “the matrix metaphor” and got lots of interesting articles…
This one particularly sums it up all…

Matrix Philosophy

So if you are one who finds everything around you ok, palatable though not very tasty… then its better you take the blue pill… but if you have something like a splinter in your mind( in words of Morpheus) .. then you are eligible to take the red pill… but there is a high chance that you might feel like what Cypher felt… ‘Ignorance is bliss’… but that’s the way the clockwork is wound…As Woody Allen would say, human happiness was NEVER a part of the design…

This is what Cypher says
“You know, I know this steak doesn't exist. I know that when I put it in my mouth, the Matrix is telling my brain that it is juicy and delicious. After nine years, you know what I realize? [Takes a bite of steak] .Ignorance is bliss. “

There are many, who after taking the red pill of truth, realize that the blue pill of farce is better than the miserable truth… and they finally come back to the rules of the everyday world, but bend them in their own way as is the case with the real world… They are usually people who fall in the second category…they are very much tolerant… but wouldn’t miss a chance to give a kick in your crotch… when you start bullshitting in front of them…just for the heck of it…

So to anyone who watns to know what existentialism is…? This is my answer



"Get Lost, buddy... don't you have soemthing useful to do...? Go digg it on your own, you lazy bonehead.."

Hmm on a funnier note
http://xkcd.com/566/