In defence of taking the blue pill.

This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill – the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill – you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.

Pop culture references aside, this is essentially a question of how much of a truth is good for you. When taking the managerial judgement class during my MBA, I learnt that the resilience for what is out there, the so called rabbit hole, that doesn’t get developed in a day. In fact, how thick your skin is to take punishment and challenge your state of the world everyday is built on experience. Am I talking nonsense right now? Let me illustrate with an example.

When you are 21 and are heading for the first time into the real world, you need to believe everything is possible and that positivity is the blue pill. Of course you do not want to be told that life is going to be so damn challenging that you might as well give up. The blue pill, in other words is a near and dear friend.

The amount of information withheld from you on the day you step out into the world is astounding. You are never told that life is going to throw curve balls at you. You have lived the fantasy for so long! But lets face it, if someone had been telling you that you would have hung up your shoes before you even started and then we would never know what you were really capable of.

But at other times in you life when you have lets say- millions of dollars at stake and perhaps even lives, that time perhaps having all the information is important- perhaps gut instinct is not enough and you need to cover all facets of the problem. Someone who took Managerial judgement (say… me!) will tell you that you need to consider the framing bias and the anchoring bias… but those are just words. I’d much rather say you need to take the red pill and explore. The concept remains the same as what Morpheus says. Reality now stands in front of you- defiant and making you question what decision you make.

Having said all that… I could do with a blue pill right about now.


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