Would you take the red pill or the blue pill?

 Ryan P (@fortitude) 7 years, 9 months ago

We are going through one of the true tests as a global civilization. With the Fukushima disaster, global warming, the impact of the BP oil spill, and very incompetent politicians running the whole show the next 50 years will make or break us. It’s hard to imagine a time in history where more was on the line.

My question is, with all this going on; would you rather be fully aware happily ignorant to it all? Is knowing the truth worth it at the expense of being happy?

It seems that people blind to the real issues have much happier lives while the people aware of them deal with depression, anxiety, cynicism etc.

January 2, 2014 at 9:39 am
AtheismGod (1,762) (@zonetti) 7 years, 9 months ago ago
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Ryan P (32) (@fortitude) 7 years, 9 months ago ago

That’s truly inspiring, I feel that picture said more than any words could. Thank you for the post! @zonetti

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AtheismGod (1,762) (@zonetti) 7 years, 9 months ago ago

Glad you like it :)

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Madison. (5) (@maddiekray) 7 years, 9 months ago ago

I’d much rather be fully aware and deal with my anxiety. With my awareness, I will be able to help the world by taking action, hopefully aiding in solutions that will create more widespread wellbeing. To “put the blinders on” so to say, and live in a happy ignorant mindset is just selfish, in my opinion.

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Ryan P (32) (@fortitude) 7 years, 9 months ago ago

That’s a good point, it’s definitely more selfish and self serving to be blind to the issues just to not have to deal with them. Thanks for the input.

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Ryan P (32) (@fortitude) 7 years, 7 months ago ago

But what if your actions were in vain and the world went into chaos anyway? Wouldn’t you rather be happy in ignorance with the blinders on if taking them off only caused you anxiety and suffering?

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Madison. (5) (@maddiekray) 7 years, 7 months ago ago

If I had never been aware, ignorance would come easy. But the moment I became aware, I couldn’t imagine living in ignorance. Even if my efforts are in vain, at least I tried, and was part of the world trying to find a solution, while everyone else zombies around in their blissfull ignorance.

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MonkeyZazu (1,865)M (@monkeyzazu) 7 years, 9 months ago ago

Another question that comes up is would you take a person who is living in total bliss, ignorant to all this, and give them the chance to learn the truth? Give them the choice of blue pill or red, despite what pain it might bring them?

A good example of this is might be showing a little kid the “horrors” of the world. Overtime they would probably learn about them as they grew up. But maybe to better prepare them for what lies ahead, would you open them up to some of these horrors?

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Anonymous (30) (@) 7 years, 9 months ago ago

Ah, but you can show people what is happening as much as you want, and if they are not at a point in their own personal journey to really see and know it, they cannot and will not see it, no matter what you say or do.

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MonkeyZazu (1,865)M (@monkeyzazu) 7 years, 9 months ago ago

I was thinking something similar earlier. In order to make the choice between being fully aware or happily ignorant, you would already have to be somewhat aware of the things happening. If someone who was dreaming was asked, “Do you wanna wake up, or stay asleep?”, they would most likely reply, “But I am awake.” Something would have to happen in their own experience to make them start questioning whether there is something more to everything. But yea, completely agree.

What you said reminds me of this:
https://highexistence.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/ceec1a74bc5659ae48597aa689f91e60.jpg

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Ryan P (32) (@fortitude) 7 years, 9 months ago ago

Very true, many of us have constructed a reality of what we believe to be true. When something challenges that we quickly dismiss it and get angry instead of accepting the possibilities. Most people are rational and can be reasoned with but just aren’t ready to see the truth yet.

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Ryan P (32) (@fortitude) 7 years, 9 months ago ago

Great question. I think you have to instill in them to constantly ask questions and never fully trust one source. Explain to them there are bad things in the world but that they can help make it better. I think I’d open their mind over time and present the truth when they were ready for it.

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Viner Cent (50) (@Viner-Cent) 7 years, 9 months ago ago

It depends on how many people there are. if there are only a few being “blissed” by ignorance, I woud leave them to be happy. If it starts to become more people, I would have them chose as we need the people to be aware and chagne the situation

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Ryan P (32) (@fortitude) 7 years, 7 months ago ago

That’s a tough question and not one I think I can answer. If you love someone you want them to be happy, if they can’t be happy knowing what I know I don’t think id want them too. On the other hand, I’d feel a civil duty to teach them how to make the world a better place.

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Faithflower (27) (@peacelove) 7 years, 9 months ago ago

Yeah its really confusing, there was a time i wanted to know the hard truth, but now i would just want to be happy, and not be confronted with the hard truth or wait till i can handle the hard truth, its insane though cuz i still keep searching for the truth, yet i know i cant handle it and i really somewhere dont want to know…but i do feel this gap of wanting to understand, know and live in line with the truth, but i dont think i can handle it so…

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Ryan P (32) (@fortitude) 7 years, 9 months ago ago

Yeah I feel the same way. It makes me feel helpless sometimes and makes it hard to enjoy the little things.. The truth is a lot for anyone to handle. I think we need to just do what makes us happy and realize we can’t control everything.

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Ryan P (32) (@fortitude) 7 years, 7 months ago ago

In the end the happiness is all we really have. The truth is really too much for anyone to handle. I am a lot like you. I feel this incredible urge to know the truth behind the curtain but once you pull back the curtain there’s no turning back. With so much suffering in the world it’s hard to enjoy anything anymore.

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iamyself (0) (@iamyself) 7 years, 9 months ago ago

I am…. therefore I exist. People are aware or not…. Welcome to the 21st century! We are human after all, we succeed or we fail, we judge ourselves based on what others think and believe. Have courage, trust in yourself, you are one of a kind, unique in fact, and I salute you.

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Ryan P (32) (@fortitude) 7 years, 9 months ago ago

While I agree with what you said I think it’s more about the implications of the issues. Right as we speak 3,000 tons of radioactive water pour out of Fukushima every hour. Me being unique and courageous does not make me feel better about that fact.

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iamyself (0) (@iamyself) 7 years, 9 months ago ago

I am…. therefore I exist. People are aware or not…. Welcome to the 21st century! We are human after all, we succeed or we fail, we judge ourselves based on what others think and believe. Have courage, trust in yourself, you are one of a kind, unique in fact, and I salute you.

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Anonymous (175) (@) 7 years, 9 months ago ago

politicians were always incompetent. and liberal democracy doesn’t work, that’s common knowledge.

As for your question, well if you look down on the depressed and anxious, OK.. but world events merely mirror how humans are at our root.

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Ryan P (32) (@fortitude) 7 years, 9 months ago ago

You’re right, but politics now have a direct impact on our planet. Negligent big government and business have destroyed the environment. We were not consulted when they made any of these decisions. Liberal..conservative doesn’t matter, they’re just words for a system which we’re no longer represented by.

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Anonymous (328) (@) 7 years, 9 months ago ago

There is no substitute for the pleasure of reality. It is like a drug. It is often unpleasant most of the time, but once you come to a conclusion on how to live your life whilst having your eyes peeled, even the simplest things become full filling.

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Ryan P (32) (@fortitude) 7 years, 9 months ago ago

I see your point. When I look at the world unobjectively I see that everything is really just an illusion. Good and evil are really just labels we put to justify and bash things. We decide how we should live.

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Ryan P (32) (@fortitude) 7 years, 7 months ago ago

How does one go about that? It seems easy in theory but difficult in practice. It’s funny I enjoy everything I do in the moment but in retrospect the weight of the world always catches up with me.

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Anonymous (328) (@) 7 years, 7 months ago ago

Hey, we’re all on the same boat. It seems cliche, but you are the only one who can answer that for yourself. Same as me or probably anyone else.

I think it is important to appreciate. It’s not about liking or disliking. Not loving or hating.
Appreciate the little things that make you remember what you find important in life. Appreciate a work of art, for someone just like anyone else poured his/her soul onto that blank space. Appreciate hang-ups for there was a time in childhood that you saw the world as a challenge you just couldn’t wait to tackle. Appreciate assholes/shit-talkers for they help you in refining yourself towards whatever questions you are stuck with at that given time. Appreciate everyone’s undying drive to get out of bed to whirl around in a world that makes no fucking sense. Most of all, appreciate those who sacrifice pleasure and acceptance. Those who dare to continue the quest to make sense of our sandbox, no matter how futile it may seem. That’s just me.

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murasaki (6) (@nemesis) 7 years, 7 months ago ago

When you’re aware you’re evolving through your suffering.
But if you’re blind to what’s happening there’s no growth, no change.

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Ryan P (32) (@fortitude) 7 years, 7 months ago ago

We may be past that point. It may be too late. If it is I would rather not know I live in a shitty evil world that I’m watching burn to the ground. It would be much better to be ignorant and at least be happy if we are past the point of no return.

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