Philosophy is the Red Pill

The Red Pill or the Blue Pill?

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Philosophy is the real-life non-drug equivalent of the Red Pill in the Matrix. It’s the use of the mind’s power to ‘zoom out’ from any situation or mindset and question it.

I want to help people to take the Red Pill, so they can reimagine reality and hence their life. I don’t think we can randomly ‘choose our own reality’, any more than Neo could; but we can see through the Matrix of random illusions of many kinds, and wake up to the things that are inconveniently true and some that are wonderfully and timelessly true (there are some!) and dispel the illusions that never were  true, no matter how unanimously assumed in our corner of the World.

I hope to do this Morpheus trick in Whangarei very soon. Once people have tried this ‘zooming out’ I hope to help them with a clarification of this thing we call LOVE. There are more painful illusions around love than just about any other thing in modern (Western) life. The term in English is terribly ambiguous. C.S.Lewis in ‘The Four Loves’ distinguished Affection, Friendship, Eros or romantic love, and Agape or pure benevolence. I think there is more to be said from a process point of view. Love kicks off all process; it is the stage of INPUT, openness to the other. Then it morphs into new vision, new plans, and finally new actions. Love, in my philosophy, is not outward actions first, but Appreciation and receptivity to the other. This could really open up possibilities in the pursuit of the noble virtue we call love. It could also shed light on what we sometimes call falling in love. And how what follows can be a lot less painful, a lot more lasting.

I hope to find a  good space to do this work. Watch this (virtual) space! And comment if you think my take on philosophy makes sense – does it even open up a glimpse of new possibility for a new kind of life? Conversely, do you agree with Socrates at his trial who said, ‘the unexamined life is not worth living’? I think this need not be true for those not ‘born thinkers’, if the form of life we inherit is virtuous and wise and loving, and without major contradictions and conflicts; but sadly it usually is far from being that. Hence the need for zooming out and examining it and alternative ideas and practices. Perhaps we could say, ‘In general, the unexamined life may well suck’.


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