What about the infrared pill?

July 2, 2014 § 26 Comments

The ‘red pill’ is an allusion to the movie The Matrix, an analogy to when the main character exits an artificially constructed world of illusion and experiences the real world for the first time.  When folks on the Internet say they have taken the “red pill” it means that their eyes have been opened to some truth that is contrary to what they have always believed.  In the manosphere the ‘red pill’ truth is that men and women are different and that feminism is a pack of lies.  In neoreaction the ‘red pill’ is that one aspect of liberalism (and just an aspect of it), equality, is contrary to reality.

The problem with the ‘red pill’ analogy is that it deludes people who have seen through one of modernity’s lies into thinking that they have seen through all of modernity’s lies.  When you realize that you have been deluded about an important truth your whole life – especially one where the emperor’s nakedness has been right in front of your face the whole time – that opens up the possibility that you are still deluded about other things.

Feminism specifically and liberal equality generally are obviously, manifestly false; as manifest as a naked emperor parading down the street.  But there are much subtler errors in modernity.  Positivism, postmodernity, nominalism, materialism – these errors can creep into the thoughts of even the very vigilant who are actively working to keep them out.  I still pull these weeds from the garden of my own mind sometimes.

You’d think that folks who have discovered their own delusion on something as obvious as (say) ‘gender equality’ would be on the lookout for other delusions; sometimes more subtle delusions.  But typically they aren’t.  Because once they’ve taken the Red Pill they are Neo, they are The One, the earth shakes at their newfound power and knowledge.

So the flag gets planted at the bottom of Mount Everest.

§ 26 Responses to What about the infrared pill?

  • Doug says:

    There are many red pills that Truth Seekers can take.

    Perhaps one of the most important ones is HBD:


    All of us should be Red Pilling it daily.

  • Zippy says:


    There are many red pills that Truth Seekers can take.

    Ah, but the problem with that is that it assumes that positive demarcation between errors is possible: that they can be picked off one at a time.

    I’ve shown for example how the attempt to reject equality via formalism – by exchanging voice for exit – just circles back around to liberalism all over again.

    44 Then [the demon] saith: I will return into my house from whence I came out. And coming he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.
    45 Then he goeth, and taketh with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is made worse than the first. So shall it be also to this wicked generation. — Matthew 12:44-45

  • Silly Interloper says:

    So the flag gets planted at the bottom of Mount Everest.


  • donalgraeme says:

    Because once they’ve taken the Red Pill they are Neo, they are The One, the earth shakes at their newfound power and knowledge.

    This is hilarious when you think about it. After all, the second Matrix film (which was quite awful for the most part) made a special point of pointing out how even the “real world” that Neo lived in was a lie. Everyone who lived in “Zion” was still living in a constructed world- they had escaped one lie only to be caught in another.

  • Zippy says:

    Here are my thoughts on HBD. And if by HBD we just mean racial differences (in which case we ought to say “racial differences”), that also qualifies as something manifest and right in everyone’s faces.

    So HBD really can’t be very important. It fits exactly what I am talking about: the realization of the emperor’s manifest nakedness. People who are just recovering from delusion about racial differences should be struck by that obviousness, and should immediately start tending their own garden to try to find some actually subtle errors; because plenty of subtle errors do exist.

  • Ephesians 4:22-24

    22 to put off your old self,[a] which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, 23 and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

    The problem is while many “take off the old self” they don’t “put on the new self” and such as Zippy quoted above about other wickedness, potentially more evil, is allowed to creep in.

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  • Peter Blood says:

    American society is shot through with gnostic enthusiasms. It’s almost inevitable that every man take one up at some time. Moldbug is good and grandiose with his gnosticism. He often starts by saying, “Everything you know about X is BS, I am now going to blow your mind!”

  • Peter Blood says:

    At the same time, is it any surprise that in Satan’s kingdom of lies we are offered an array of “truths” each of which is a dead end?

  • daisy says:

    So in otherwords take tne blue pill. You’ll feel much better. PS its hard to embrace HBD because i have yet to meet fan who wasnt telling me within five minutes into the conversation how smart they were and how hopelessly dull half my family members are based on the dominant race in my family tree. Nobody likes a jerk.

  • Zippy says:

    I prefer the false dichotomy pill.

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  • I’ve never liked the term “Red Pill,” as it’s been misunderstood and misused so much. [Self-pimpage beyond this point] As I wrote last winter, “In the movie, all the Red Pill ever did for anyone was incontrovertibly show them that everything they had been taught was wrong. That’s it. No magic knowledge, no automatic grasp of Reality As it Really Is. Much screen time was spent showing Neo after his unplugging, asking questions and being taught what was real… Just because someone knows what’s wrong doesn’t mean he knows what’s right. Referencing the movie again, after Neo was freed he still thought and reasoned the same as before. He had to unlearn all his previous habits and gradually replace them with new ones.” – http://nightskyradio.com/2013/12/29/red-pill-blues/

    TL;DR version in a picture – http://nightskyradio.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/old-habits1.png

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  • aquietmimic says:

    If you can’t see though one of the world’s lies before your life in this World ends you lose the most important thing forever.


    God and you end up in Hell, if people did not get what I said.

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  • Patrick says:

    Can you give a concrete example of a “weed” you spotted in your mind that you had previously overlooked?

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