My Red Pill Moment

in redpill •  9 months ago

My Red Pill Moment

A Pill in the Lion's Paw

As I discussed in my post Fear of the Red Pill, the "red pill" is a metaphor for sociopolitical awakening. I have read and heard numerous accounts and testimonies from people who have "taken the red pill" and found them all illuminating. In turn, I think it is important for my readers to know about my experience, as it illustrates a useful and effective method for presenting others with the red pill/blue pill choice.

And it was absolutely critical that I was presented with a choice. If I had been merely challenged and preached to by someone who was red-pilled long before myself, I may well have rejected it as conspiracy theory nonsense. I was also presented with an easy topic, one that on the surface didn't challenge my world view, but was "merely" a question of science.

It was 2009 and I had made a group of new friends after moving to a new city. Among the group was a self-made man that we had nicknamed "The Lion" as a sort of jest about his peaceful nature. He hadn't been to college or enjoyed any formal education that I can recall, but he was remarkably well-informed about the world at large with a wealth of experience to draw from.

The Crack in the Dam

One night, after we had known each other for a while, the present started discussing toothpaste for some reason. Toothpaste. We had just eaten dinner and were sitting around the table and The Lion inserted an innocuous comment into the conversation: "You might want to consider trying one without fluoride." Without fluoride? I thought, but fluoride is good for your teeth!

"But fluoride is good for your teeth," I said aloud.

"Nah," he replied, "it's really not."

"That's absurd, everybody knows fluoride is good for you."

"Well," he said, "you're a smart guy. Why don't you look it up? Prove it to me."

And that was the beginning really, a seemingly inconsequential conversation about toothpaste. But it actually motivated me to take action. I thought, I will look it up, this is such a slam-dunk, I will get the evidence and show it to him. I had been challenged to show how smart I was and just to confirm what I already knew was true.

From a Drop to a Stream

I would prove my superiority. I didn't see it that way at the time, but looking back now, I think that is exactly what it was. I was blue-pilled, ensconced in a blue world surrounded by other blue-pilled and privileged prodigies who had never been encouraged to actually question anything they had been taught by the authority of the educational establishment. I was filled with arrogance and hubris.

So I looked it up. It quickly became clear the issue wasn't as clear-cut as I had thought. Even at that time, the fluoride "conspiracy theory" had already flourished on the internet. It was everywhere. Initially that explained it for me, my friend had fallen for a conspiracy theory. But to prove it to him, I had to disprove the conspiracy theory, which was compromised of many components.

Fluoride is a neurotoxin. Fluoride is not actually beneficial for bones. Fluoride is an industrial waste product. Water fluoridation in municipal water supplies is the intentional infliction of brain damage and dumbing down of the population. It was a fascinating puzzle and I was confident that my accepted truth would prevail, it was just a question of disproving the conspiracy claims.

After a few weeks, I had to admit defeat. I couldn't disprove much of anything. There were nuances for sure, like I couldn't know for certain why it was being put in the water supply, but the research literature was clear - even back then. Non-naturally occurring fluoride could not be disproven as a neurotoxin. Comparative studies on tooth enamel didn't support the claims it was good for your teeth. The fluoride additive was demonstrably a byproduct of phosphate production.

From a Stream to a River

I didn't want to believe it. Truth be told, I still don't. It paints an ugly picture. But that isn't the way my brain works, I had "discovered" the facts for myself. It was no longer an issue of hearsay or conspiracy theory. I couldn't say why it was happening, but the preponderance of evidence made it impossible to disprove the "conspiracy theory".

Today, the fluoridation of the water supply is still ongoing. Primarily because its proponents demand proof of neurotoxicity while fallaciously claiming to provide proof that it is not. Proving something however is not the same as disproving something. Disproving something is the gold standard of scientific excellence and I couldn't disprove fluoride is dangerous to human health.

Things are considered true not because they can be proven, but because they cannot be disproven.

By going down the toothpaste trail, I had disproved my own belief about how the world worked. More importantly perhaps, I had disproved my belief in my own infallibility, in my "superior" knowledge and the validity of my own unquestioning world-view. Most importantly, I had learned humility in a manner that was neither humiliating nor shaming.

I had been humbled by toothpaste. This was important because I didn't understand this as my friend proving me wrong. In fact, I was thankful that he had steered me in the right direction. When I told him I had looked it up and wasn't able to disprove it, he wasn't happy for either of us. There was nothing to be happy about really, it was merely a confirmation of comradery in a world gone mad.

From a River to a Flood

And as I mentioned in Fear of the Red Pill, this one instance resulted in a domino effect of questioning and reevaluating the world. I continued with the fluoride issue for a while, following the money, following the people involved, trying to figure out why. The next step was aspartame, then monosodium glutamate, then... then... then... all the way up the food chain, so to speak.

Then one day, I looked out at the world around me and it was a completely different place. It was no longer the safe, well-intentioned world of my earlier blue-pilled existence. History was not what I had been taught it was, nor was government, the education system, the food I ate or the air I breathed. It was almost too much, the temptation to turn my back on it all and hide in the ivory tower was almost irresistible. The blue pill was beckoning. It would have been easy. Easier than this.

But in the end, I couldn't go back to sleep. I learned to be very careful with handing out knowledge that directly contradicts how people want to believe the world works. Some people take it very badly. I have, for my part, decided to try and wake up as many people as possible so that we don't all sleepwalk into the maws of planned obsolescence. But it takes time and finesse, something I am still learning.

The Aftermath

... is what you are reading here. There is no happy end in sight, but things are not nearly as grim as they were some years ago. Today there is at least hope that the catastrophic course humanity has been lead down can be redirected onto a path that is positive and beneficial for our species as a whole. The door is open to a new beginning if we make the journey together.

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I admire your optimism that things are not nearly as grim as they were some years ago. Yes, there may be more people awake but the authoritarian crackdown is in full swing and with the aid of ever more intrusive surveillance technology the revolution may be short-lived.

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True enough, the tyrants have let their toys out of the box for all to see and they are the instruments of terror. The most effective use of the whip was its blandishment to instill fear and obedience, whip one too many slaves, or the wrong one, and the tide quickly turned. What must be done to free humanity must be done soon or technology will soon be able the carry out the targeted and surgical extermination of all resistance, virtually simultaneously and instantaneously, at the push of a button.

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We need to get real, and then it will change.

Peaceful war is essential.
https://steemit.com/blog/@lucylin/beating-the-psychology-of-irrelevance-guerilla-wars-part-3

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It'll never happen. People seem to be getting dumber by the day, medicated, fluoridated and clamouring for their safe spaces lest anyone call them by the incorrect pronoun.

Nice post to your red pill moment.

12 year ago I just asked to myself one time - "they can't fall down like that not just with aviation fuel........."

And then I fell into the rabbit hole....it's big down 'ere, innit!

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It certainly is and there are more people falling down the rabbit hole every day. Glad you liked my recollection of how I found the entrance.

I learned to be very careful with handing out knowledge that directly contradicts how people want to believe the world works. Some people take it very badly.

This world works for some people and they won't accept it if somebody like me threatens their hope. Even though I'm not hiding in an ivory tower, I feel like I'm not part of anything. I'm so far away. Mind you, I'm still aware of all the shit happening out there. It takes guts to face those things on a daily basis.

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The tragedy is that many of the smartest people the planet has to offer are channeled into the universities, where they are kept so busy doing academic/theoretical/abstract work that they become completely detached from and uninformed about what is going on in the real world.

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...smartest people the planet has to offer are channeled into the universities

...all part of the 50 year cultural marxist plan to cause divisions at every level..

https://steemit.com/blog/@lucylin/anger-is-an-energy-anger-is-an-energy-anger-is-an-energy-guerilla-wars-part-5

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I totally agree. I have spent a lot of time on the Frankfurter School in my earlier posts on Social Justice and we are approaching the event horizon.

Truly excellent. I wish I had seen this when I could still vote for it and resteem it.

I did share it with someone I was debating with on that Conspiracy Theory post of mine.

He is one of those that believes the burden of evidence is always on the person stating the theory. I used your post as an example of why the self journey can be more important.