Hagen Engler
4 minute read
16 May 2021
5:00 am

Blue pill or red pill? How much reality can you really handle?

Hagen Engler

Sometimes it's okay to simply be a passenger in life, being blissfully ignorant about things beyond your control.

Blue Pill or Red Pill? Do you choose blissful ignorance, or knowledge? Picture: iStock

The basic principle of news, journalism and investigative reporting, as well as commissions of inquiry, informants, whistle-blowers and sharers of information… indeed, the principle of learning itself, is that knowledge is good. The more you know, the better equipped you are to navigate the storms of life. While this is true, we also need to ask ourselves this: Are we ready for the truth? As Beyonce once asked, so presciently: “Can you handle this?” The saying that “What you don’t know can’t hurt you” is not strictly accurate. But it can help you feel better about your situation. You get...