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We all remember the Matrix. How many remember anything of the character Cypher? I do as he stood out as an important character to me. The last few days I have been thinking more and more about him. To start, I just want to quote a couple of lines from him if I may. The first being when he spoke with Neo for the first time. The second when he is dining with Agent Smith at the restaurant.
"I know what you're thinking, 'cause right now I'm thinking the same thing. Actually, I've been thinking it ever since I got here: Why oh why didn't I take the BLUE pill?"
"You know, I know this steak doesn't exist. I know that when I put it in my mouth, the Matrix is telling my brain that it is juicy and delicious. After nine years, you know what I realize? [Takes a bite of steak] Ignorance is bliss."
There we have it. Ignorance is bliss. This is what I have been thinking of. That sexy little blue pill.
I do not think many people realize that the life of an activist is filled with mental and emotional hardships on a daily basis. This is not to say that non-activists do not go through hardships, but for this article please allow me to focus on the activist.
This blog is about the life of an activist. I am an activist. I have not always been an activist. I used to live in perfect ignorant bliss. It has only been for the last five or six years where I have massaged that red pill down my throat and my eyes have been slowly opening for the first time.
Neo: Why do my eyes hurt?
Morpheus: You've never used them before.
I am not going to sugar coat things here. We may live in a beautiful World, but it is constantly plagued with disgusting acts of every unimaginable distaste thinkable. That is where the beauty of ignorance comes into play. That is the beauty of keeping your eyes closed and functioning on auto-pilot. You choose not see these disgusting acts. These disgusting acts which in all reality control your daily life, control your puppet strings, and herd you back to your sleeping quarters at night. Because if you are any type of reasonable humyn being you could not live with yourself ignoring what goes on in the World today.
- the blue pill is on the table -
I will not lie to you. Opening my eyes has been the most difficult experience of my life. Everything becomes so much more depressing and difficult. Constantly questioning every small detail of every small event. You remember just how easy it was before the red pill and you get worried. You get worried what you now see.
Others see a Big Mac as a cheap and fast meal. I see a terrible corporation profiting off
the misery of the people and animals. I see fat cat business men and shareholders cashing in billions every year by the systematic torture and killing of animals. I see humyn rights violations in every Country that Mcdonald's is associated with. I see a miserable fucking clown with blood dripping down from his lips onto his cheek.
I am face to face with a billboard for beauty products. Others see a company trying to make sure we look our best. I see a company who spends millions a year supporting vivisectors who cut up animals and perform LD50 tests when they do not need to. I see a company who spends millions of dollars on advertising campaigns which give humanity an unrealistic portrayal of beauty that we need to strive for... and which many cause self-hurt in the process to try and attain.
I can not just watch a documentary about Darfur and go, "Oh that's terrible" and then walk to Starbucks (do not even get me started on Starbucks) with my friends to enjoy a $6 mocha-fucking-ccino to discuss how terrible it must be to live in Sudan right now. I have moments when I break down for no reason thinking about another village of people in Darfur who have just been slaughtered by the Chinese backed Janjaweed... For no other reason besides oil and racism.
I then think of every other war (sorry, peacekeeping mission) and genocide which is and has been fought over oil. Others are sure to raise a flag at their house and slap bumper stickers on their vehicles making sure everyone knows they support our homeland terrorists (err, I mean peacekeepers).
The vast majority of the public see the trillions of dollars spent on space exploration as a positive humyn learning experience. I sit back in emotional pain knowing that a small fraction of this money could provide appropriate programs to make sure that EVERY humyn on Earth is fed, watered, and educated to live in harmony with the Earth. I see that most of the money sent into space is used for military and surveillance programs.
- reaching over to grab the blue pill -
I think of how much Big Brother knows about me... my every step... that invisible bar-code on my wrist.
I think about how nano-technology will most likely have a large role in the destruction of our species when it is advertised as something that could be used to save it.
I see the still prevalent racism, sexism, speciesism, patriarchy, and more destroying the lives of countless humyns and non-humyns.
I think about those children remaining alone or dieing on the street or in a care facility because you would rather have "your own" child than to adopt one in need.
I think of the Marja military assault going on right now and how hardly anyone knows it is happening due to the Olympics.
I think of how $6 billion+ spent on the Olympics could be spent on education, arts, health care, or any other place it is really needed instead of on a silly fucking party for the elite which does nothing outside of provide profits to massive corporations.
I think about how over 50% of American tax dollars go to the military and NASA.
I watch people go to Mosque, Church, or any place of worship and I do not see brothers and sisters spreading love. I see brothers and sisters killing other brothers and sisters in the name of complex dogmas and gods.
I think of the fact that we have enough food and clean water to feed and water every hungry and thirsty person in the World. But we don't.
I think of the fact that every time I jump into a dumpster there is enough to feed dozens of people who really need it.
- fill a glass of water with blue pill in hand -
I think about Monsanto and their terminator technology. I think of how in a few short years the vast percentage of our planet will be fed by them in some way or another.
I do not think about how plastics and other packaging and 'technology' has made our lives easier. I instead think of every river, stream, ocean, sea, forest, and ecosystem polluted due to our failure to live in harmony with the Earth.
I think of countless thousands of acres of pristine rain-forest we cut down daily to make room for grazing land and monocrop plantations.
I think of the thousands of species which go extinct every year due to us cutting down these rainforests and polluting these ecosystems.
I think about what our World would look like before the Industrial revolution set in.
I think about what our World would look like with no humyns at all.
I wonder how many people realise that in the time it took them to read this far approximately; three species of animals have died out do to habitat destruction, over 1.140.000 animals have been slaughtered in factory farms to be put in our mouths, over 500 people have died from lack of clean drinking water, another 1200 died from lack of food, five or six people have died on the streets of North America, and the CEO of Royal Bank Canada has earned close to $30.000.
- put the pill back down -
I realise just how easy it is to get depressed when you are thinking and fighting about such things daily. The above listed are just a fraction of things that I may think of on any given day.
I sit back and I remember just how easy life was all those years ago. In fact, that's the answer right there. Easy. People choose to take the easy route. The straight line A -> B route with very little to think about outside their own ignorance and apathy. I will not lie to you. That easy life was desirable, it was great, it was easy. But would I ever want to go back to that?
Of course I would!
But you know what? There is not such thing as a blue pill. There is no way to unlearn the things that I have learned. I will never be able to look at a steak without seeing the cow it came from. I will never again be able to pick up a consumer item without looking at the ingredients and the company that makes and distributes it. I will never walk by a Starbucks without thinking about how beautiful a brick would look shattering the windows. I will never again be that person I was six years ago.
So what do I do now? What can I even say? I suppose I started this article with a few quotes from The Matrix and I think it will be fitting to end it the same.
"I know you're out there. I can feel you now. I know that you're afraid... you're afraid of us. You're afraid of change. I don't know the future. I didn't come here to tell you how this is going to end. I came here to tell you how it's going to begin. I'm going to hang up this phone (end this article), and then I'm going to show these people what you don't want them to see. I'm going to show them a world without you. A world without rules and controls, without borders or boundaries. A world where anything is possible. Where we go from there is a choice I leave to you."
I once again pick up the gauntlet that the evils of the World keep throwing in front of us... and I keep fighting.
I don't have any other choice. And when it comes right to it... Neither does anyone else.
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