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A question that arises in an inquirers mind is, “what is the point in living in ignorant existence? ” I would definitely decide to take the red pill which allows me to discover the world as a truth and reality over mere illusions through reasoning and not just sense perception.
My secondary reason is the motivation to find true existence and appreciate truth. The last and major reason to swallow the red pill is acquiring the knowledge to determine the amount of control on one’s life. I have a natural crave for finding new perspectives of viewing the world and appreciating the way it functions.
Through sense perception but more importantly reasoning we are able to discover the world for what is reality and just illusions. In Allegory of the Cave by Plato, the prisoners are stranded by chains as only see projected shadows of real objects.
However this changes, when anyone “is liberated and compelled suddenly to stand up and turn his neck and walk and look towards the light… to see the realities of which in his former states had seen the shadows. ”(Plato 2) The prisoner begins to question the shadows he sees and start to reason them which motivate him to get up and seek answers.
Similar to Neo from The Matrix, when he is able to bend the spoon as the spoon kid advices him to, “not try and bend the spoon, that’s impossible, instead… only try to realize the truth… There is no spoon.
”(The Matrix) Neo, like the prisoner, inquires his sense perception to discover what he believes to be real and what is actually real. A philosopher named Descartes is also one who inquires his sense perception and uses reasoning to differentiate reality and illusions, in particular dreams.
Descartes writes, “How often have I dreamt that I was in these familiar circumstances, that I was dressed, and occupied this place by the fire, when I was lying undressed in bed? ” (Descartes 2) Our senses deceive us in the way that many times we are unable to determine whether the inmate objects in our dream are real or illusions. Contrary to Descartes, Morpheus tells neo, “I see it in your eyes. You have the look of a man who accepts what he sees because he is expecting to wake up. ”(Matrix) However, both Descartes and Neo recognize there is a truth beyond what they see as potential illusions in the current state.
I believe that being able to tell between truth and illusion is greater than living in only a fake world. I know for a fact that if the world has a greater truth to offer such as actual existence, I would be compelled towards knowing it in order to appreciate the beauty. In the Allegory, the prisoner arises to the upper world and discovers there is a greater truth. When the prisoner goes towards the light, “he will suffer sharp pain… but that now, when he is approaching nearer to being and his eye is turned towards more real existence, he has a clearer vision.
” (Plato 2) Now the prisoner is a real “being” and understands his real existence in the world which he did not have before. In the Matrix, very similar scenario is presented when Morpheus enables Neo to open his eyes for the first time. Neo recloses his eyes when he questions, “Why does my eyes hurt? ” (The Matrix) and Morpheus tells him the reason that because he is using them for the first time. Only now is he able to tell his true existence of being alive, that all his life he was living in a virtual world and now that he is free in the sense that he is “a being” now.
I would feel likewise if I had to discover that currently I am in a projected world and not experiencing reality. Theoretically, if I was to discover my real existence, it would scar my life in knowing that all I have lived so far was unreal and I have no actual family however I would begin appreciating the wonderful truth. The prisoner is, “happy in his condition and state of being, and he will pity the others. ”(Plato 4) After acquiring the knowledge of the truth of existence, the prisoner is content with his situation and appreciates his life because now he has a purpose to live.
In my opinion this is true simply because when I know the truth I tend to feel more secure and almost superior to know that I am part of a greater good and pity the people who don’t have that opportunity. In a similar manner, Neo begins to appreciate the world when he knows his true potential after the Oracle tells him that he is “the One” to fix the program. (The Matrix) I believe that as humans we are hard-wired to discover our true purpose and existence which ultimately enables us to appreciate our lives much more.
Lastly, I would choose the red pill in the search for god or a super being to know the full potential of how much command I have over my own life. Descartes believes that it is not, “Deity, who is sovereignly good and the fountain of truth, but that some malignant demon, who is at once exceedingly potent and deceitful. ” (Descartes 4) The system in the matrix is operated similar means, where the reality is people like Morpheus, Trinity, and Neo who are basically gods because they have control of their life and the demons in the Matrix who ultimately deceive them.
(The Matrix) Descartes supports that a demon is the one who deceive people however he understand that it is himself that has authority over his life, similar to the understanding Morpheus and Neo have. I believe it would be a great feeling to recognize that we are in control of our lives and it is not god who decides our destiny. Furthermore, it kills me know that I god has created everything perfect and my fate is predetermined regardless my decision making.
Descartes feels similar as he believes, “that there is a God who is all powerful, and who created me, such as I am, has, for a long time, obtained steady possession of my mind. ” (Descartes 3) Descartes constantly thinks about the prospect of god and his creations to determine when god created him, is he under his control or of his own. Alike in The matrix, Morpheus asks Neo if he believes in fate, Neo neglects that belief, “because [he] doesn’t like the idea that [he is] not in control of [his] life.
” (The Matrix) Like me, Neo wants to know whether it is god that decides one’s fate or they command their own lives, but he believes there is no god. Even though I may not discover the truth, I like to believe there is god however I am in full control of my life. In conclusion, if the red pill is my path to discovery of reality I would definitely take it without doubt. Show preview only The above preview is unformatted text This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our International Baccalaureate Theory of Knowledge section.