126 thoughts on “Blue Pill? Red Pill?

  1. I will choose the red one, we as a human need to understand a hard truth, death is part of the cycle of life. I grow up with out a father because he die when i was 7 months old so my first thought was bring him back so we can have many unspoken conversations. But then I thought that will be so selfish on my side. so i will take the red pill.

    1. Well, if you chose the red pill, that member would still die if you brought him/her back to life, so there really is no point choosing it. However, if you were a billionaire, you probably invest in things that can expand the lifetime of people several times.

  2. That’s really an excellent question! And I feel the answer will change with passage of time…For instance, I probably would have gone for the blue pill…when someone very close passed away suddenly…but now that nearly 2 decades have passed, and the sorrow has ebbed with the passage of time…I don’t think I will do that. I guess…after so many years…I can decide rationally…which would have been difficult, in the immediate aftermath…what’s your take?

  3. Most people would say ‘blue pill’…. but is this more about how they want to be perceived rather than being honest about their preference? I would personally struggle. I would love another conversation with my loved ones but in reality, would this disrupt the workings and balance of our existence. Life and death, right and wrong, blue and red, we need these polar opposites to ensure the natural balance. If we mess with this, are we indeed changing both our direction, and the bigger journey. Amazing self exploration concept. πŸ™‚

    1. You’re right of course Emma there is a more profound consideration to be had in this question, the yin and yang of life and nature and also the idea that has been raised that maybe the family member may not even want to come back.

      1. Good point. Who are we to control and change the way of the world. Maybe the choice is not actually a choice as we are not completely in control. Nice perspective πŸ™‚

  4. Hi there, I’m still away in africa, but I’m having a quick run-through all of my mails and this one caught my eye.
    If I took the one that made me an instant billionaire, that would help the family members who are still alive, – however – they WOULD still die, so death is inevitable and no amount of money can make it stop. SO
    If I took the one that brought back a loving family member from the dead, they’d only live for X many years and then die again, plus, perhaps THEY are happier where they are.
    Both acts would be for selfish reasons, and in my own case, there is not a person I know that I’d want back from the dead right now, so for me it would be the one that gives me the money, BUT, only to make the remainder of people I know, who are in need, comfortable, happy, and able to live out whatever days they have left in the best way this world gives when it comes to money. I say, do what you can for people who you love while they are still on this earth, and not wait until they are dead, then wish you’d done ‘that’ thing when they could see and hear you.
    Take whatever money you have, and make everyone else’s life so much fun, that when they die, they’ve truly lived and seen the entire world if that be their choice.

  5. Reblogged this on MercedeSparkles and commented:
    Personally, as much as I would LOVE to bring Bob back, I would take the red pill. The way I see it, he’d probably just be pissed that eventually he would have to go through death all over again. I’m not religious or anything, so I don’t think there’d be any “ripped from heaven” effects, but I certainly don’t think he’d appreciate it. He might appreciate the second chance, sure, but I don’t think he’d be pleased with what he’d come back to…
    Not to mention, like I said….the dying again thing…. yikes.

    What do you think?

    1. Yes I’d agree after reading some of the comments. What makes us think that what he’d come back to is better than where he is? And you raise a good point, the old dying again thing! Once is probably enough. So let’s take the money and run!

  6. I’d take the red pill and auction it. I don’t like pills and people die for a reason and cannot be brought back for a reason. However if the blue pill could allow 1 hour of chit chat with a dead family member I would reconsider.

  7. I’ve got nobody to bring back so I guess I’ll take the money. I’d end up giving most of it away, but having enough so I don’t have to worry about it for the rest of my life would be nice.

  8. I’m gonna go with red, and have a “do-over’ funeral for someone who was a bit short changed in the end. There’s no bringing them back, but at least they might stop the constant chain clanking, gut-wrenching moaning and slamming of door hauntings I’ve been having to put up with. It’s a small gesture, but I’m plum worn out and wholly sleep deprived. I’m way to fed up to bring them back at this point.

  9. The red pill, a no brainer for me. We just lost our infant son, stillborn at 38 weeks in June. I’ve wished every day for a red pill. Seeing him grow up, being able to have the privilege to raise him would be worth more to me than anything money could buy.

      1. Thank you for asking that question. Odd how my answer would have been different a mere 4 months ago. Your question definitely touched a nerve with me. I think about me and then the “parallel universe” me that took our son home alive daily. I wish often I could trade places with my parallel universe twin. I’m hoping my answer to your question changes as time marches on. I hear that time heals and I’m hanging my hope on that…

      2. I feel you Racheal. I’m wading through a raw loss at the moment too and boy it’s tough! It sounds like it’s still very fresh for us both so time has it’s work cut out. Just get through every day my dear. That’s all I’m going for right now because there is no magic pill.
        *Internet hug.*

  10. I already take too many pills! Don’t need the temptations & tribulations of THAT MUCH $$ and all of my loved ones that have passed on are in heaven and it’d not be fair to wrench them away from their glorious reward!

  11. I would take the blue pill with no hesitation. I want my sister back. I want to show her what I have found. There is a way to find the inner peace she craved. I want that hope that our family had for so long. Money can’t bring her to my front door.

    1. Ah sorry to hear that. For all our light hearted banter there is a tender and sometimes raw side to this conundrum that believe me I truly appreciate right now, so thank you and everyone else who has chosen the blue pill with a personal story.

  12. Red pill. There isn’t a dead family member I miss enough/remember well enough to want to bring back. Plus, then we’re getting into Pet Semetary territory, which I never, ever want to be near.

  13. Whoa! Thought provoking question. My first answer would have the blue pill because I lost my dad when I was 16 and I still miss him dreadfully. But then I started thinking. I believe there’s some kind of afterlife and my father being the man he was must be in a really great place. Would it be the epitome of selfishness to bring him back just because of my feelings? So, I’ve decided to go with the red pill. Like many others, I’d give most of the money away and just keep enough to make sure I never had to worry about money again.

  14. Instantly I thought ‘blue’ to bring back my brother who passed earlier this year. But reading all of these answers made me thing…..would he want to come back? He is finally with his one true love, his wife who passed 11 years ago. So – red it is!!

  15. I’d take the red pill – presumably if I brought a family member back from the dead they’d immediately die again from whatever killed them in the first place! The blue pill’s a con πŸ™‚

  16. Ehmmm……
    Would have love to bring back my little sis.
    But i guess she’s doing pretty fine in heaven.
    I’ll take the red pill(with no side/negative effects of course)
    My little sis in heaven will sure be glad to see us living well.

  17. Assuming the deal is on the up and up (no sell your soul the family member is a homicidal maniac monkey business) I would have to take the red pill.
    1) There is no one in my family I like enough to bring back
    2) Even if I did, billions of dollars can buy you a lot of research I to figuring out how to bring them back anyhow (or at least clone them.)
    3) We live and die for a reason. It is the circle of life. I would not want to be responsible for the consequences of interrupting the grand plan. No amount of money can buy you out of that mess. Whether my family member is in heaven happily going about her day or in hell paying a penance it is their cycle to complete.

    1. But then after typing that, I thought about it and wondered, “what if I brought her back and she was bad that I didn’t let her stay peaceful?” Now I don’t know…

      1. Yes, I’ve been alerted to the different scenarios from the other person’s perspective also. What if she is having a wail of a time and doesn’t want to be dragged back to all our earthly drama?

  18. All of my loved ones who have died are with the Lord, and they are so exceedingly happy and full of life, enjoying working with Him just on the other side of the veil, that they would NEVER want to come back here. So I would not take a pill that would bring them back. I would not be that selfish. However, if I could become a billionaire, I could use that money to get the Gospel out to millions more people, so that they could know the Lord and eventually have the same kind of eternal joy that my loved ones have. Don’t mean to preach, but you did ask.

  19. The answer for me is obvious. I can’t take the blue pill. There’s a major problem with the blue pill. I don’t know where my lost loved ones are. I’m not a religious man. In fact I’ve been wallowing in agnosticism for years. I have a lot of uncertainties, but I find it hard to believe that this life ends just because the synapses stop firing. What happens afterward? I haven’t the faintest idea. If there is life past this world though, then I might not be doing any favors to someone who has moved on.

    I wouldn’t want to be pulled from this world to another to satisfy someone else’s sense of nostalgia, so I won’t do that to anyone else, especially those I love. That’s love present tense. I won’t stop loving a family member just because they have died. That love wouldn’t push me to do something this mysterious with unknowable consequences.

    There are things I would love to say, things I would love to hear. There are accomplishments I wish I could share, memories I would love to explore, even arguments I never had to have. Instead of making that happen today in this world, I’ll let it wait until I reach the next. The past is gone, and I can live for the present.

    The blue pill is not an option. It’s not that I wouldn’t be tempted, but I see that temptation for what it is. Holding out that tantalizing possibility isn’t exactly generous. Then again, there is one hell of a consolation prize for those with sense enough to resist.

  20. My parents and children are still alive. As much as i love my uncles, aunts and grandparents I have survived fine without them. Is it cold I would say red pill so that the remaining love ones and I could really enjoy the rest of our time on this earth? Red pill definitely

  21. Red. Not because of the money, but because if a family member is gone, well what’s done is done, to keep it short. With a billion dollars, you could truly impact, and even save the lives of many many more people.

      1. well, that’s a little tougher then. Still, the difficulty becomes who should live again . . . actually, that wouldn’t be so tough, it would be my brother, who died so much younger than my folks . . . hmmm. I’m reconsidering.

  22. Too many unknowns for me to make a choice. For instance, do I choose the family member? How long will the family member remain alive? Anyone who says these things don’t matter is not being fully honest.

  23. I have to agree with you πŸ™‚

    Here’s another scenario:

    Blue Pill: Comfortable income, safety, oblivious to world, easy life, certainty, multiple opportunities

    Red Pill: Discovers secrets about the world, instability, little income, a lot of travelling, uncertainty, few opportunities

  24. I would bring one back, but the question would be “who”. At first I said, “my dad”, but would he come back at the age we lost him. And would he still be ill? The easy answer would be my niece, who died at age 20 of asphyxiation. I would love to see her get another chance at life.

  25. I wouldn’t take either unless I knew the person offering it, knew where it was made, and what was in it. If I had that information I’d take the red pill. My family member would be in heaven, therefore extremely upset with me if I brought them back.

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