Tea is the Matrix

In the movie, The Matrix, the character Neo (played by Keanu Reeves) is given a choice by the mysterious Morpheus (Laurence Fishburn): he can take one of two pills–a blue one or a red one.

“This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. 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.”

Tea is like this choice. You can take the blue pill and continue thinking of tea in the singular, in the teabag, in the same way you always have. Or, you can take the red pill and see how far you can go down the rabbit-hole of education–learning how plural tea actually is, learning and relearning what you thought you knew, and continually realizing that it’s always more complicated than that (regardless of what “that” is).

And wouldn’t The Matrix have been an absolutely dreadful story if Neo had just taken the blue pill?  Tea without the education can be just as awful, I’m sure.  If you haven’t already, take the red pill.

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