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BLUE PILL OR RED PILL? A tribute to Internet
SOCIETY AND POWER - 13/10/2017

Good news. The world is not going to hell. We’re doing better than ever before. And the future is brighter than ever. That’s what the evidence tells us.

Simply put, the good old days were NOT better. Yet, people believe that the world is breaking apart. I think there are two reasons:


1) Media mostly reports the stuff that’s gone wrong. Disaster, war, death, corruption. I understand that journalists need to keep power in check. But this kind of reporting doesn’t give you a correct view of the world.


2) If we choose to believe the world is going to hell, it’s easier to be passive. “Why should I make an effort to do anything if armageddon is around the corner?” This line of thinking liberates us from the burden of making an effort to positively impact the world. Because it’s not worth it anyway, right?



This is the moment where I show you the box with a red and blue pill.

You take the blue pill — the story ends. You’ll remain passive, keep pretending that we’re doomed. You’ll be free from the burden. The burden of knowing that you can positively impact the world with your efforts.


You take the red pill — you will start to see that the world is in better shape than ever and the future is even brighter. You’ll realize that with the internet, you’re only a few clicks away from collaborating with almost any other human being on the planet. You’ll realize that the internet is a godly machine that welds all human brains together to form a collective super intelligence. You’ll realize that the phrase “I don’t know how” is a thing of the past, because the internet has information about everything. You can learn to do anything you’ve ever imagined. You’ll realize that with all of these powers at your disposal, you too can join and help accelerate the progress of mankind. Because you’re a fucking superhero.

Take the red pill. How’s that for a New Year’s resolution?

(Source: Dr. Ashkan Fardost)
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