Red Pill?

The term to ‘red pill’ has become commonplace in public conversations. The origin of the term is from an admittedly disturbing film, The Matrix. I am not recommending the film. In the film, those that take the red pill come to see, that much of what they believed was true was in fact untrue.

These days the term is bandied about as many folks come to doubt the intentions of media personalities they’ve relied upon for information. And, as evidence of the misdeeds of many people in power have been exposed to the light of day, the trust that most people have had that things are moving along ‘well enough’ has been lost.

That people are being forced to rethink their assumptions is inherently a good thing, however, it can be psychologically destabilizing. When one begins to follow the trail ‘down the proverbial rabbit hole,’ one can feel adrift in a sea of confusion.

The trick is to find your footing while remaining open to the possibility that you must indeed abandon one world view as you formulate another. Think of the world of science. It has frequently become necessary for scientists to adapt to new conceptions of reality. They do so and historically, that process has given rise to tremendous progress.

Psychologically, we can ‘be as the scientist.’ We can adapt to new conceptions of reality. Indeed, we are wired to do this. To do so however, requires humility, careful consideration of new information and the cultivation of a science-mind, one which entertains the idea that they might be mistaken and continuously listens and learns.

A side effect? One is never bored and frequently amazed.