The original metaphor of the red and blue pill is inspired by the movie The Matrix. Neo, the protagonist, has the choice between taking the blue pill, which brings him back to a fake (but very pleasant) reality; in contrast, taking the red pill would mean that he has to continue viewing reality as it is, with all its negative aspects. As you can see from this description, the use of the blue pill metaphor alone has morphed quite a bit. Today, we use to to mock people who do not want to wake up. Blue-pilled cucks are losers who do not get anything good in return for their efforts. They allow women to take advantage of them and they believe the lies of their political leaders. In contrast, the blue pill in The Matrix would mean you could eat juicy steaks and fuck porn-star caliber women in red dresses who don’t have tattoos.
In a recent comment, Pickernanny made a reference to the black pill, in its current interpretation. He rightly points out that it is seen to express hopelessness. Here is his comment:
If you are taking the red pill right now then you believe that there is still something that can be done. It’s kind of like telling a really short and ugly dude to ‘Just lift, bro. Take a shower, bro. Get a haircut, bro.’ When in reality, the guy in this example should just make some extra disposable cash and spend it on hookers — which there should be plenty of in the future should we experience a collapse lol.
The black pill in the political sense is used to express a sort of hopelessness to the current situation. The time for speaking up is over, and the time for hunkering down and braving the storm is beginning. It’s the realization that there is no political solution and that the only fix is going to come in the form of societal collapse and violence. That’s just my interpretation of it. And who really knows, maybe this is just a really awkward phase and everything works out okay.
I don’t disagree with anything in this comment. However, I want to point out a few subtle nuances that arguably don’t get the attention they deserve. First, as I pointed out above, the interpretation of the blue pill has completely deviated from its original meaning. There is no general disagreement about its interpretation. If you are a blue-pilled cuck you live in some kind of make-believe world that is completely inconsistent, yet it is what you are comfortable with, so you don’t question your premises. The common theme of the blue pill in The Matrix as well as in contemporary parlance is that you live in a fake reality, yet in the movie, it’s a fantastic fake reality while in the real reality, people are unhappy because all their actions, such as being “nice” to women, do not ever lead to anything positive for them. (Article continues below.)
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The red pill, in contrast, is now interpreted in a way that is even more absurd than the strange perception of the blue pill. Instead of seeing reality for what it is, a red-piller thinks that he only needs to lift and shower, get a haircut and a new wardrobe, and bitches will beat a path to his door. Red-pill rage is the realization that the world has lied to you. Guys in this state are commonly advised to funnel their red-pill rage into crushing it at the gym. Yet, the red-pill community neglects the role of genetics. They also often refuse to acknowledge the realities of location, race, money, and many other parameters for success in life as well as success with women.
People who drop out of the red-pill community but still want to be part of an online group that obsesses about women take a different pill, the black pill. The tone in the black-pill community is often one of extreme negativity and hopelessness. This is captured in the catchy phrase, “It’s over!”. People also tell each other that it is time to “rope”, i.e. hang themselves, or to “LDAR”, i.e. “lie down and rot”. Yet, the outside observer can easily miss that the problem here is that the people unironically speaking like that may indeed have very poor genes. Nothing they can do would fix that they are 5’2″, albeit there are some “looks-maxxers” in this community who managed to improve their level of success with women after cosmetic surgery. Of course, they were in a better position and maybe only needed to get a few things fixed, similar to how some women go from being an 8 to a 9 after a nose job and some dental work.
Yet, the hopelessness is not inherent in the black pill. In my view, the black pill is the original red pill, i.e. it means that you perceive the world as it is. This can entail the realization that because you are 5’2″ you’ll likely not end up bedding supermodels. However, taking the black pill means that you only perceive a hopeless situation as hopeless. It does not mean that your disposition is generally one of hopelessness and defeatism. A good-looking guy with an impressive lay count can take the black pill and realize that he’s getting laid because he’s 6’2″ and has a great jawline. This does not mean that he thinks he needs to “rope.” Likewise, if you take the political black pill, you realize in what a shockingly bad situation the West is and that you are governed by a hostile elite. It does not mean that you would still think that the West is dying if we had better leaders and countries that were in better shape. However, without the (political) black pill you would not be able to admit to yourself how bad the current situation really is.
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