What is the Fourth Pill?
You likely have heard of the “Red Pill,” whereby somebody who takes the Red Pill sees things the way they really are.
Then there’s the “Blue Pill,” which is when we keep our illusions of he way we hope the world is, based on various levels of programming ranging from religion, advertising, political and economic beliefs etc.
In the middle is the “Purple Pill,” where people kind of, sort of “believe” in the “red pill” while “hoping” for some kind of “blue pill” reality.
For example, many men claim to be “red pill” but still hope for a “blue pill” marriage with a loyal woman.
The Fourth Pill
The Fourth Pill Philosophy rejects all of these as inadequate. Why? Two simple ideas. One, it is impossible for any human to fully understand all of what is going on around us.
Human Brains Are Limited
For one, several studies have shown that our conscious minds are not devices leading our actions. They are following devices that watch our actions, based on a multitude of instincts, and make up stories to maintain our ego.
For example, any conversation you find yourself in is largely constrained by your subconscious and automatic responses, not any conscious thinking. Any so called “rational” understanding of male-female relationships will be ineffective as a strategy.
Secondly, reality is always in flux. Reality is the sum total of all the people in the world. Certainly, if you were the sole person on Earth, you could much more easily understand and predict the behavior of your environment. However, we are not the only people on Earth. Our world is filled up with countless others, some we know well, but most we don’t know very much.
People Are Always Changing
People’s intentions are always changing. What we want changes from moment to moment. Our behaviors are based on strategies to get more of what we want. Since our wants and needs are changing day to day, and even moment to moment, our behaviors are changing from day to day, and even moment to moment.
Predicting how other people will behave is therefore impossible. Understanding other people’s intentions behind these unknown and unpredictable behaviors is also impossible.
Understanding your own intentions, most of them subconsciously driven and on several layers and involving several blind spots (cognitive dissonance, the many biases, etc.), is equally impossible.
We live in a world with too many variables to our limited understanding to comprehend and those variables are always changing.
Given these two ideas, that our minds are limited, and our reality is filled with uncountable variables that are always in flux, it is therefore impossible to “understand the truth” of our reality.
Fourth Pill Strategies
What are the strategies of the Fourth Pill philosophy? It must require an understanding that any “interpretation” of the reality around, including all the people the are participating, can only be a “best guess.”
And acting on that “best guess” will always involve risk and an unknown outcome. When one is acting with an understood expectation of an “unknown outcome” then claiming to “know” about reality is impossible.
All actions are based on a “best guess” of what we hope to happen. All sports players have certain percentages. In the world of baseball, they’ve been playing since the eighteen hundreds, and there have only been eighteen “perfect games,” despite every single pitch thrown by every single pitcher (save a few intention beans) has been intended to be either a strike or an out.
Reality is always shifting, and our understanding of reality is always shifting. Claiming “red pill” knowledge of “how reality” works, except in the very broad sense is therefore impossible.
Fourth Pill Living
What does one do with the Fourth Pill mindset?
Take action, measure results, and feed those results back into your best guess understanding of the reality around you.
Understand that your wants, needs and desires will always be in flux.
Understand that your skills and abilities to get those wants needs and desires fulfilled with always be in flux.
Understand that the results you get will always vary, from surprisingly successful to horribly unsuccessful.
This blog does not intend to be a guide to living. Only a way to see beyond what we “think” is reality. To present different ideas regarding commonly accepted “truths.”
No sacred cows will be respected.
No beliefs will be free from turning over and examining.
No narratives will go unquestioned.
No belief will not be challenged.