Belatedly my college best friend asked me, by the way why “Which Pill” and which pill? I just took the third pill. It was not me who asked for it but, after thorough reflection, I also took it anyway. It was Slavoj Zizek, the ‘pop’ Slovenian philosopher and cultural critic who asked for it in his critical documentary film The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema. He was, in fact, responding to the options being offered by Morpheus (Lawrence Fishburne) to Neo (Keanu Reeves) whether to take the blue pill or the red pill in the Wachowski Brothers film The Matrix. Torn between choosing the red pill which, according to Morpheus, lets Neo stay in wonderland the blue pill which takes him back to reality as if nothing ever happened. It is a choice between the imaginary and the real.
Well, not really argues Zizek. Thus, he asks for a third pill which will let him see the reality of the imaginary and not the reality behind what is fictitious. Zizek says that we, most especially when life becomes unbearably traumatic or ecstatic, fictionalize in order to cope. Fictionalism, he pointed out, regulates our real life. Of course, he is simply saying that this is the function of cinema—fictionalizing our real life.
It is what I intend to do with this blog. To make it a tool to show the reality of our coping with daily life through our not self-conscious symbolic acts—going to work, facing the mirror in the morning, recalling our past and planning our future, meeting with the dentist, watching a UAAP game, staring at the rosary dangling from the rearview mirror of a jeepney or a cab, riding the MRT and LRT, collecting stuff, arguing with an MMDA traffic enforcer, etc. I hope this will be my only constant guide all throughout. Heaven forbid that, like most, deadlines become my inspiration. Which pill? The third pill. (Randolph Joseph H. de Jesus)