The Red Pill and The Rabbit Hole

Do you seek to understand profoundly, to push back the darkness of conformity, to trudge through the anticlimax only to be in awe of your ontological relationships; the connections between you, your mental events and the world as it is; not as you want it to be?

I do. I took the red pill and followed Morpheus down the rabbit hole. I chose to no longer be blissfully ignorant and prescribe to a life that author Chris Guillebeau calls, the unremarkably average:

  1. Accept what people tell you at face value.
  2. Don’t question authority.
  3. Go to college because you’re supposed to, not because you want to learn something.
  4. Go overseas once or twice in your life, to somewhere safe like England.
  5. Don’t try to learn another language; everyone else will eventually learn English.
  6. Think about starting your own business, but never do it.
  7. Think about writing a book, but never do it.
  8. Get the largest mortgage you qualify for and spend 30 years paying for it.
  9. Sit at a desk 40 hours a week for an average of 10 hours of productive work.
  10. Don’t stand out or draw attention to yourself.
  11. Jump through hoops. Check off boxes.

And I need to add two more important items:

  1. When asked for help outside your area of responsibility, you say “It’s not my job.”
  2. Treat change as the enemy combatant and selfishly protect the status quo.

“Who would live such a life,” you ask? The answer is trivial -- you.

Your life is the Matrix, a carefully orchestrated world, designed to keep you blissfully ignorant but strictly in compliance. You’re the mutt in Pavlov’s experiment, and the reward for your compliance is the white picket fence dream. You know the dream -- a fully detached house, two cars, 2.5 kids, one dog, and most importantly, your white picket fence.

But the truth of the matter is that you are nothing more than a replaceable battery, an inexpensive storage cell of energy, in the vast industrial complex.

So what can you do to break the cycle of generational enslavement? You must take the red pill. You must decide that the life of the unremarkably average is unacceptable. And you must redefine what do you want to get out of your life.

It’s only then that you can break the bonds of the unremarkably average life and begin to live a life where you are no longer controlled by someone else’s agenda.