“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.” – Morpheus
The Matrix is a film that asks the audience to imagine a world where everything they see, hear, and believe is part of an elaborate illusion designed to keep people in a kind of comatose acceptance. On the surface there appears to be a total consensus that life is basically as good as it could be, but deep down we understand that this brave new world is somehow dark, somehow empty, but we can’t quite place our finger on why that is. This deep feeling of unease is what leads “Neo” to the most revolutionary act: asking questions.
The answers to those questions might not settle very easily in a stomach that has been fed a steady stream of lies, but in seeking the truth we embark on a heroic journey into the unknown. Like Neo, we are faced with a choice of remaining complacent and disconnected, or taking the “red pill” and choosing to courageously face the reality of the world we live in, even if it means challenging everything we have been led to believe.
There are no easy answers or solutions to the end of capitalism. In facing the demise of the system that has dominated the world for the past several hundred years, we are necessarily going to have to re-orient our understandings of the world, and of ourselves. By asking bold and troubling questions, this website will invoke ideas that may challenge your thought-process, even seem to flip your whole world upside down. But by uncovering the hidden and difficult truth, we just might find that the world is upside down, and we are the ones who will right it.
The path is difficult and the way is long, but ultimately if we believe in ourselves and trust in one another, we will discover that the light at the end of the tunnel is our freedom.
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