Living in a World of Delusion, Part II

While writing my last blog entry, Living in a World of Delusion, I recalled an iconic scene from the classic 1999 science fiction film The Matrix. In the scene Morpheus holds a little capsule in each of his palms and proposes a choice to Neo.
“This is your last chance. After this there is no turning back. You take the blue pill-the story ends, you wake up in 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. Remember, all I’m offering is the truth. Nothing more.”
In the film the blue pill would allow Neo to remain in the fabricated reality of the Matrix living a life of fantasy while the red pill allows him to escape from the Matrix into the real world, a world much colder, darker and tougher.
As we enter the Fall season, and have the ramping up of televised sporting events all around the country, it will be nearly impossible to watch any of this without being bombarded by advertisements that are full of sexual images and sexually explicit language. Our present day Morpheus is now a middle aged woman in blue, blonde or brunette it doesn’t matter but, always strikingly beautiful. When she comes into the privacy of our living rooms or bedrooms she will look directly into our eyes and offer us the same choice. To attain the fantasy just swallow the little blue pill….Viagra.
Let me start by stating that I don’t believe the Catholic Church has ever condemned the use of Viagra. In fact if a drug can be used to overcome a persistent condition which otherwise would deny a married couple to fulfill a true one flesh union, being both unitive and pro-creative, I consider it a good. However, I do take issue with the constant advertisement of couples well beyond the years of conceiving emphasizing enhanced sexual performance with little consideration of the spiritual dimension of marriage.
And let’s not delude ourselves into thinking that it’s only men of later years who are making use of Viagra, which has become a recreational drug. There is a new trend of college age men in their 20’s and 30’s who are paying $20-60 a pill for black market Viagra, known as blue diamond. Psychologists site the driving force leading men into this fantasy land of unrealistic expectations is the prevalence of pornography in our society.
Inevitably, if you’re a male over the age of 50, taking Viagra is most likely not curing any disease or restoring an organ to its natural function. What it is in fact doing is thwarting a natural function of the reproductive system which is to slow down and eventually stop. Fantasies often begin by listening to the wrong message or viewing sinful images. Taking the blue pill can separate us from reality and fuel our fantasies over God’s will for our lives.

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