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Reflections From The Front Porch

Blue Pills and Red Pills

Written by Darrell Anderson.

Individuals are continually adjusting their understanding of the universe, continually creating new systems — new models. This process never stops and cannot stop.

“You take the blue pill and the story ends. You wake up in your bed and you believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill and you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes . . . Remember, all I am offering is the truth. Nothing more . . . .”

Many people who watched the movie The Matrix are familiar with the previous words. In that movie, the main character Neo chooses the red pill and begins to see the world as is, and not through the programming of computers. Yet, an interesting twist is how does anybody know what is real and what is imaginary? Perhaps what Neo saw around him was already the real world, and by taking the red pill he was then actually believing he saw the real world but was instead seeing the programmed imaginary world.

How do people who don’t know, know they don’t know?

I am no exception. This book is merely my interpretation of what I have seen, thought, and learned. Do not be surprised if you find occasional inconsistencies between one essay and another. What I thought yesterday might have since been modified by new information, new perspectives, new interpretations. I am continually changing. So are you.

My essays are an effort to share my own journey toward trying to understand the universe. Fundamentally the writings of any individual serve the same purpose — there is no other reason to write or express ideas. Even when people write to teach or convince other people of different ideas, the author is still engaged in the process of trying to understand the universe because the only thing being done is sharing interpretations and perspectives.

Once an individual understands this process, something fascinating happens. Regardless of what you read or discuss, you become able to see and willing to entertain other perspectives and arguments.

Yet, therein lies a dichotomy. To become a free thinker means becoming more objective; but everything we know is subjective and interpreted through our own sense and understanding of the world and self. However, if an individual truly wants to understand the universe, people really have no choice but to strive for objectivity despite the actual impossibility.

Finis.

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