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TIG123GER
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12/9/12 4:26 P

I think I would choose to live blissfully ignorant but unfortunately reality has this bad habit of forcing its way in and ruining the happy feeling....



KENWANNE2013
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12/9/12 3:25 P

I'm with CMCOLE on the purple pill. A combination of blissful ignorance and painful truth keeps me focused, if I go towards Blissful Ignorance, I quickly lose the plot, and if I go to far towards Painful Truth, I get into despair.



GLAMIAM
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12/9/12 2:25 P

Blissful ignorance please!



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WAY2GOCAT
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12/9/12 12:05 P

The red pill - it, in itself, leads to escape. It's hard, but oh so worth it!



ATHENA1966
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12/9/12 11:57 A

It has to be the red pill for me. How can I change my reality if I don't know, what is real? I would not know what do with the blue pill.



PARKERB2
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12/9/12 8:51 A

blissful ignorance causes me to worry if I just get a hint something is wrong so I guess I must need the painful truth.



CMCOLE
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12/9/12 8:48 A

I guess I live in a "purple" world (combo between blue & red) because I sometimes go blissfully along, believing the best; and other times I'm wanting the truth up front, so I can deal with the consequences of it, and get on with life.



BLUENOSE63
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12/9/12 8:05 A

Definitely red pill!



KKKAREN
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12/9/12 7:45 A

I'm definately a red pill gal. I like to know the bitter truth.



BLUBEL1
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12/9/12 6:47 A

I don't mind red if it's tempered with kindness



TIMDEB
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12/9/12 1:40 A

Blissful truth



LDANELIS
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12/9/12 1:36 A

I'm a red pill type person. I think it's easier, in some ways. While blissful ignorance seems like an ideal way to live, I think it can be more painful when you are jolted into reality.



BERRY4
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12/8/12 11:58 P

Yes, a blog-worthy post! I guess I've never heard it put to terms like this before. (I'm not much of a sci-fi movie watcher, even though my family has watched all 3 movies in the Matrix sequence.) -- It does explain my SIL who I describe as the "Disneyland lady"...and they lived happily ever after... and keeps altering her life & medicating herself & her kids trying to make that true. If that isn't "blue," I don't know what is!

I'm a red pill kind of person. I don't think truth has to be painful. -- I do understand that each person, in some sense, establishes their own reality. I guess we each have a "grid" through which we look at our life and experiences, etc.



TACDGB
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12/8/12 11:38 P

I been told that I am honest to a fault and that I turn the negative into a postive so where does that leave me..........?



LOVE4KITTIES
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12/8/12 10:55 P

I think I was slipped a red pill when I was a kid. Wish someone had slipped me a blue pill instead because I wouldn't mind some blissful ignorance.



SHARONSOWN
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12/8/12 9:43 P

Is there the option of three quarters red, one quarter blue? I for one enjoy a respite from unrelenting reality occasionally.



GLITTERFAIRY77
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12/8/12 8:08 P

Great blog-worthy thoughts, KJ. If there was a question in there, I think I would have to go with the red pill.
Yes, the truth does hurt sometimes, but I would still rather have the truth so I can chose on my own how I want to handle it-rather than have scales on my eyes and a veil over my face. I've lived in that world. When the truth hits you finally, it can be debillitating.
I don't think being optimistic is necessarily being in denial of the truth, though. Optimism is accepting the truth for what it is, and then making the best of the situation.





KJFITNESSDUDE
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12/8/12 7:48 P

From the movie The Matrix and my recent "Tact vs Blunt" thread I started to think about the people around us; I have some friends who I swear do NOT participate in the reality that I do (disclaimer: my reality may not be anyone else's either so this thread is relevant to one's own reality) and others seem to live in a cold harsh world of painful truth. The following is a blurb from Wikipedia on the blue pill/red pill concept:

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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).

The terms, popularized in science fiction culture, derive from the 1999 film The Matrix. In the movie, the main character Neo is offered the choice between a red pill and a blue pill. The blue pill would allow him to remain in the fabricated reality of the Matrix. The red pill would lead to his escape from the Matrix and into the "real world".
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Not too long ago I posted the blue pill / red pill thread and I always laughed at the folks who posted "No Pill" because they totally missed the point (I'm sure it'll happen again, lol).

For me, I live in a reality that blurs the two worlds; on one hand I am an optimist and 'big idea' / 'big picture' kinda guy and on the other hand life, recently, has handed me some cold hard truths such as divorce and being a single-parent. But some folks I know live in "La-La Land" and I have NO IDEA what color the sky is in their world......drives me nuts sometimes.



 
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