By Patrck Paul
I once enrolled in the United State diversity visa lottery program and won squarely. I was full of estacy and joy. Everyday, I would sit down and indulged in wild fantasies about all the things I would do when I get to the States.However, I was soon brought back to reality. The Americans didn’t want me in their country. I was never invited for the visa interview because the 3% visa quota allotted to Nigeria had been exhausted before it got to my case number. Sometimes, I like to think I was scammed by the United States. But who cares?
A few months later I found my self in the den of the militants in the notorious camp 5. I got a job as a Camp boss in a Company contracted to fixed the bombed NNPC pipelines. This was before the near botched Amnesty program. I saw suffering and poverty in the Niger Delta. I saw brutality and I saw a rigged system in the matrix. This was before I took the Red Pill.
In the 1999 hit movie ‘The Matrix’ Morpheus told Neo “The matrix is everywhere. It is all around us. Even now, in this very room. You can see it when you look out your window or when you turn on your television. You can feel it when you go to work…… when you go to church……. when you pay your taxes. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth. Like everyone else you were born into bondage. Born into a prison that you cannot smell or taste or touch. A prison for your mind”
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It takes more than soul searching to realized that you are in a prison. Many people never manage to break free from this prison in a life time, because they fail to acknowledge that a prison exist. These are the people that would kill to proof that they are always right. They hurt their fellow humans because they lack the awareness that others are an extension of themselves.
I lived under illusion and still do. I use to think that everything I want will gravitate towards me without batting an eye lid. How wrong I was. I see people walking the rat race. Sometimes even the very rich, without an inkling that there’s more to life, than making money and having sex. To some people life is hard, to others it is beautiful. To me it is both. I use to see life with a rose colored glasses, not understanding my role in it, and thinking that somehow by some magic I would become extra ordinary rich, get the most beautiful women to like me, have best selling books and have the charm and allure over anyone I met. But then, life forced me to take the Red Pill. And again as Morpheus told Neo in the movie ‘This is your last chance. After this there’s no turning back. You take the Blue pill and 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’. The rabbit hole is really a shit road to travel. Whether you like it or not, life does really force us to accept the Red pill. Better if you take it on your own terms, because then, you can embrace the changes, bitter experiences, disappointments and heartbreaks with grace.. Fortunately, we learn during the hard times than the good times. In my life I have since gone into the rabbit hole. It is not a pleasant place to go into, but it is a place to learn to rise above the prison of the mind. It is a place to learn to make life a better place. It is place to learn to be truly wealthy and happy. It is a place to learn to be the best in the world. It is a place to learn to be compassionate and loving. And the rabbit hole is a place to reinvent yourself. Although, the rabbit hole is a difficult place to master, when you do you will rise above your self imposed limitations. You will ditch your negativity and embrace the positive. You will be among the 1% of the population who have taken the Red pill. You will walk the tight rope and live above the nuances of the day. You will have what it takes to journey anywhere. You will have the power to journey into your heart and break free from the prison within, and you will understand the true nature of the matrix.