“…And literature became an arsenal open to all.” Alexis de Tocqueville
Over beers in the (rare) SF sun, a reader and friend asked what the Red Pill was. Ummm, dude bro, like, didn’t you see the movie The Matrix? A really bad movie series but the Red Pill/Blue Pill metaphor is useful.
Let’s go straight to the source of all knowledge and truth in the Universe. That being wiki:
“The red pill and its opposite, the blue pill, are pop culture symbols representing the choice between the blissful ignorance of illusion (blue) and embracing the sometimes painful truth of reality (red).”
Before you, dude bro reader, decide to pop this red pill…a foretaste:
Paradox: Perplexing but powerful. How can being absent increase your presence? How can allowing others to make fun of you make others take you more seriously? Jesus and Nietzsche in the same playbook? Wait, what? (for the heathen bro among us, Jesus is a major religious figure who advocates love over law, and has 1B followers worldwide. for the christian bros among us, Nietzsche is a dead German philosopher who explored man’s dark side, proclaimed that “God is dead” and is universally hated by most Christians – a paradox in itself given Christianity’s emphasis on love).
Offense: Play it, don’t take it. Be willing to be completely offended. If you aren’t willing to be challenged at every level, you should go back to playing your Xbox right now and prepare for a pitiful life of cubeboredome. If either Jesus or Nietzsche offend you, you offend too easily and you are probably on the wrong blog.
Masculinity: Your friend. Despite what HR and society may tell you, it’s OK to be a man and it’s damn awesome. Healthy Masculinity can take a career, and more importantly, a team, to a championship.
Jesus and Nietzsche both have some good stuff to say about blissful ignorance versus painful truth, along with a host of other philosophers (Solomon, Lao Tzu, Seneca, Marcus Aurelius, Socrates), poets (Rumi, Robert Bly, Keats, Frost), warriors (Patton, Bradley, Sun Tzu, Rommel, Ghengis Khan, Lawrence of Arabia), theologians (CS Lewis, Augustine, a few popes, the Buddha, the Dalai Lama), writers (Hemingway, Patrick O’Bryant, Thoreau, Melville), politicians (Churchill, Charlie Wilson), plus mythology (Greek, Norse, Celtic), religion (nearly all of them), mysticism (but no cheesy New Age BS spirituality), neuroscience, psychology, anthropology, and maybe a few business leadership books.
Fear not, noobs, wannabes, players, and haters, I will package the above into blog-sized bites for you. Your job is to merely read and reflect, maybe over lunch, in your cube, in between checking fantasy football stats and your Match.com profile, while you nom a five dollar foot long.
Peace out, homies.