“If patriotism were defined, not as blind obedience to government, not as submissive worship to flags and anthems, but rather as love of one’s country, one’s fellow citizens (all over the world), as loyalty to the principles of justice and democracy, then patriotism would require us to disobey our government, when it violated those principles.” ~Howard Zinn
This is your last chance. After this there is no turning back…
You take the blue pill –the story ends, you wake up believing what you’ve been conditioned to believe. You take the red pill –you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how to question what you think you believe using knowledge, freedom, passion, and the painful truth of reality.
First, ask yourself: would you rather choke on the red pill of Truth, or easily swallow the blue pill of Deception? Sure, ignorance is bliss and knowledge is pain, but wouldn’t you rather the pain that comes from knowledge than the bliss that comes from ignorance? Wouldn’t you rather be slapped with the truth than kissed with lies?
Similarly, wouldn’t you rather the dangerous freedom of the liberating Red Line than the comfort, security, and safety of the tyrannical Blue Line? malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium: I prefer liberty with danger to peace with slavery. Which would you prefer?
The Corrupt and Divisive Power of the Thin Blue Line:
“For a state in which the law is respected, democracy is the worst form of government, but if the law is not respected, it is the best.” ~Plato
The blue pill goes down so smooth, doesn’t it. Swallow it, relish in the sweet deception and blissful ignorance it provides –that soft pillowy cushion of safety and security. All you’ve got to do is not rock the boat, kowtow to authority, squabble at the feet of entrenched power, lick the boots of the hired thugs sent forth to enforce “law and order” at the barrel of a gun, all while willfully and ignorantly neglecting the fact that “The law is just an opinion with a gun” (Stefan Molyneux).
Just keep swallowing that little blue pill that keeps you nice and comfortable in your ivory tower of privileged safety and ignorant security. All you’ve got to do is be okay with offense-minded policing which leads to militarized policing which eventually leads to a police state. All you’ve got to do is keep turning the other cheek when overreaching, oppressive, extorting, quota-junkie cops reinforce their thin blue line mantra which leads to a kind of human centipede of cop-on-cop circular fellatio within a chain of obedience that keeps the entire justice system churning out corruption like a meat mill churns out artery-clogging hotdogs.
“If police really served their communities, they wouldn’t enforce laws the community doesn’t support… Until police learn to de-escalate situations innocent people will continue to die… And if you lock someone in a cage for a plant that is legal in many states, then you are the criminal.” ~Policing the Police
Just keep swallowing that blue pill until you’re so dumbed-down and obsequiously catering to authority that you can’t even see passed your own cognitive dissonance to even realize that you don’t know the rampant corruption that surrounds you. Keep swallowing it until you fall headfirst into Noam Chomsky’s caveat: “The general population doesn’t know what’s happening, and it doesn’t even know that it doesn’t know.”
Keep at it. Just remember: it will fortify your ignorance; it will double-down on your close-mindedness; it will bolster your myopia; it will magnify your prejudices and biases to exponential proportions. It will close in on you until all you have is what’s being shoved down your throat: no original thought, no imagination, no ability to question things. You will have become a puppet and a prisoner to the blue pill spell and the thin blue line that reinforces it all through one-right-way violence.
The Unifying Power of the Robust Red Line:
“If we must die, we die defending our rights.” ~Chief Sitting Bull
There is an alternative, however: The Robust Red Line. But what exactly is this Robust Red Line? It is a symbol representing the progressive evolution of the entire species earned through courage and blood. Red is the color that binds us all, regardless of our nationality, race, or creed. Red is the binding force, the energizing force, the color of love and blood. It’s the color of the human heart, beating its meaning despite a meaningless universe.