The Blue Pill or the Red Pill: Keep the Illusion or Deal With the Pain?

The Matrix features an iconic scene in which the main character, played by Keanu Reeves, is offered a blue pill or a red pill. That scene, now part of our pop culture lexicon, represents an important choice:

You take the blue pill, 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 red pill brings the pain experienced by living in reality.

"It is the pain of reality that will wake you up. That's from the movie. And the blue pill is the bliss of illusion. Pain and bliss --- one will keep you happy, and the other will wake you up because the truth is frightening. But only one leads to freedom," Glenn said.

Unfortunately, most Americans take the blue pill every single day.

"We are pushing our pain out and we're not allowing ourselves to collapse, while other things are progressing, we're in deep, deep trouble. Because what's happening is, there's no pain. There's no reason. There's no thought. There's no critical thinking. There's no reliance on something bigger than yourself," Glenn said.

Avoiding reality, and the accompanying pain, leads to an inevitable consequence: failure to learn, grow and develop as people.

Today, the pain most children experience is not having an iPhone or having a gaming system taken away.

"That's not pain. That does not build character at all," Glenn said.

Glenn spoke passionately about the future we're facing. With the technological capabilities coming our way, we have a critical choice to make with dramatically different results --- one of being forced servants to the government or one of limitless freedom and prosperity.

"The only cement that's being laid right now is fascism, communism and theocracy. And tech becomes its own god. Tech becomes its own drug. It's no longer a tool for man to use; it becomes a drug. It becomes man is a slave to technology. Read Carl Sagan: We go down. And if we go down --- Elon Musk and others say we destroy ourself --- it's the end of man," Glenn said.

Is there a chance to alter and right our course?

"Now, there is a chance of changing this," Glenn said. "And by 2030, we could be on the right track. And we have to be on the right track. Between 2020 and 2030, we must be on the right track."

Listen to this segment from The Glenn Beck Program:

Featured Image: Image from The Matrix, courtesy of Warner Bros.

"Never forget" is not only a tribute to those we've lost, it's a warning that it could happen AGAIN. On "Glenn TV" Wednesday, Glenn Beck looks back 20 years ago to the modern generation's Pearl Harbor moment. A day of infamy we're STILL feeling repercussions from.

But in remembering 9/11, we need to look toward the future because the Biden administration is setting us up for the NEXT 9/11. They bungled the Afghanistan withdrawal, and now we have video of top al Qaeda commanders — who served with Osama bin Laden — returning to the country. But could America survive another terror attack?

Glenn asks former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, the leader who brought America back from the brink. He tells Glenn about the moment he learned the Twin Towers were struck, the actions he took to prevent more terrorism, and if he thinks NYC could survive another attack under Mayor de Blasio's leadership.

Glenn is also joined by Rev. Johnnie Moore, author of "The Next Jihad." He warns that Biden's policies in the Middle East are Obama 2.0, and "if you thought ISIS was bad, you haven't seen anything yet. We must keep our eyes on Iran."

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Glenn Beck and The Nazarene Fund have been working tirelessly to evacuate Americans and our allies from Afghanistan, thanks to the U.S. government's failure to do so. But it's been far from easy. A recent Newsweek article, titled "Taliban Holds Up Glenn Beck Group's Planes," addressed some of the most recent challenges. The article claimed that six planes — filled with Americans and SIVs ready for takeoff — were "grounded by the Taliban amid negotiations with the U.S. State Department." So, what's actually going on? Why is the State Department meddling in the rescue? And what are the next steps to get these Americans home?

Watch the video clip below to hear Glenn breaks down the whole story:

UPDATE: Leaked Email Shows State Department STILL Blocking Afghanistan Rescue Flights


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Bill O'Reilly joined "The Glenn Beck Program" Friday to discuss a recent House Homeland Security Committee briefing on the impact of the 9/11 terror attacks, during which "national security experts" claimed "right-wing" groups pose a greater threat to the United States than groups like the Taliban or Al-Qaeda.

Glenn played two video clips from the briefing that showed Senior Fellow Brookings Institute Center for Middle East Policy, Daniel Byman, and former National Intelligence Council Chair during the Obama administration, Christopher Kojm, in apparent agreement that "right-wing extremists" are a bigger threat to Americans today than "jihadists."

"I'm someone who has written extensively on both jihadist groups, but also right-wing, white supremacist groups," Byman says in the first video clip. "And in my mind, there's no question that today in the United States, the right-wing and white supremacist violence is a much greater risk."

"I agree with your assessment and those of my colleagues who have spoken already, there's little doubt that the domestic terrorist threat from white nationalists and right-wing extremist groups is greater than the jihadist threat today," Kojm states in the second clip.

"Who are those idiots?" O'Reilly exclaimed. "It's just unbelievable ... they're not even in the same universe. Yeah, there are bad neo-Nazi Americans running around, yeah, but there are very few of them. I mean, the jihadists are causing death and destruction, death and destruction all over the world. Not just in the United States. These people are so blatantly irresponsible and ignorant, it's just staggering."

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The Biden administration was recently caught lying about the White House dog, Major, and his history of biting Secret Service agents, according to newly released emails.

On "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn argued that, if the current administration is willing to lie about something so meaningless to the American people, what else are they willing to lie about? For instance, the State Department claims that there are only about 200 American citizens left in Afghanistan who want to be evacuated. But Glenn has heard very different reports from people on the ground. Is it safe to assume they're currently lying to us about all kinds of things — from the "new and improved" Taliban, to the number of Americans left behind in Afghanistan?

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