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Are "Red Pill" and "Woke" the same thing?
Without risk, there can be no true joy, and no accomplishments of any value. The answer is not surrender. The answer is faith.
The origin story for two allegedly opposing political/cultural world views is the same: Adherents did not see the world for what it is. Something happened, or someone exposed the truth to them, and they now see reality. Anti-feminists took the "Red Pill" to see how society is stacked against men. Leftists awakened to the reality of institutional racism and are now "woke" to the oppression of the "Cisgender White Male Patriarchy."
Many in both camps eventually took the “Black Pill” – recognizing that everything is hopeless. The Patriarchy/Feminists have ruined everything and there is no hope for anyone and no hope for change or justice. There is no faith whatsoever once you have taken the Black Pill, and no confidence that an Almighty God can change human hearts. Now we can only have avoidance of risk. We must hide in our basement from the scary Patriarchy/Feminists.
"Red Pill" and "Woke" are photo negatives of each other. They are matter and antimatter. The basic point of both is the same: They have had the truth revealed to them about systemic injustice. They are obsessed with the "unfairness" of the system, and how that "unfairness" is keeping them down or treating them badly.
What brought this to the front of my mind is the renewed push from MGTOW, "Red Pill" and even some women that men should avoid marriage. The system is stacked against men, so getting married is too much risk for too little reward. The majority of marriages end in divorce, and many men have been and continue to be totally ruined and "divorce raped."
The heart of the message is "God is wrong." The Bible is an antiquated text. We cannot trust it any more, and we certainly should not have faith in God. We cannot even trust our own eyes and the many couples who are in decades-long, loving marriages. But this is heresy. God told us in His Word that marriage is good, finding a wife is good (Proverbs 18:22) and that we should "be fruitful and multiply."
Here is the problem with citing divorce statistics: They do not take mitigating or aggravating factors into effect. Who you choose as your spouse significantly alters the odds of a divorce. If you marry someone who has been divorced four times and cheated on three previous spouses, your marriage is probably headed for disaster before you even exchange rings. Yes, God can redeem and sanctify anyone, but past behavior indicates a heightened risk. There are a number of factors that are not reflected in overall statistics.
Yes, getting married is a risk. But without risk, there can be no true joy, and no accomplishments of any value. This is true in sports, in employment, in building or expanding a church, and in politics. And yes, it is obviously true with marriage. You may lose everything if you get married, but if you do not get married you will not have a wife and children to lose in the first place. The answer is not surrender. The answer is seeking godly counsel, developing wisdom and discernment, and making yourself someone who would be a good husband. Above all, have faith and trust God.
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