We were born naked, wet and hungry, then things got worse

"Have you ever had a dream, Neo, that you were so sure was real? What if you were unable to wake from that dream? How would you know the difference between the dream world and the real world?" when Morpheus spoke the words to Neo, he was actually asking you. So do you have such a dream?

This Sunday the entire universe had conspired against ruining my perfect weekend. I was quietly (not exactly) defeating the elf-land and winning for the first time after three months in World Of Warcraft when the fateful phone rang and a long lost friend remembered me. Now usually, when your long lost friends do call you, its either they are getting married, dead or they need a favor, so when I looked at his number on the screen, obviously I was a bit worried.

'Hi Sid,' he says, very sweetly. Voice confirmed, subject still alive. Voice very sweet, subject needs a favor. Red Alert, Red alert.
'I have a business plan for you, I know you are interested in business, would you like to come to my house for tea, say Sunday 5:30?'
I looked around my room, with The Last Air Bender released and football world-cup to watch, I was really concerned on spending my time with him, but the prospect of free tea or manners, made me say yes.

When I reached there, I realized, it was something different. I was not the only well-mannered person in the city, a bunch of people had gathered there listening to the 'scheme' which included selling some cosmetic products from the company.

The speaker gave a lot of motivational speech about how great the scheme is, how the other schemes in same category are doomed to fail (funny they all fail). He mentioned that he now earns 1 lakh per month and showed the cheque as proof (funny thing, there is always one guy who earns one lakh)  and how everyone can earn one. He kept taking different countries name, where people are earning lakhs and lakhs of money per month. At one point of time I believed that aliens are kidnapping the people, because the way he mentions the money being laundered, why would we be in recession in the first place?

The success rate at which he smooth talked, I would say India is reaching to become the developed country in the world.

So all in all, my whole Sunday evening was ruined with a hair-raising tale of a man who tried to convince me that selling cosmetic products on the weekend is going to get me a lakh rupees per month.

I did get that tea, thought it was no ginger chai but normal tea. Funny thing again for a independent business man.

Why is it, that we always tend to focus on wrong things? What is the program in our mind that makes us fall for such mistakes? In last 5 days, around 4 people have asked me if I am interested in Multi-level network marketing. 
It is so sad to see the sorry state of the things they are chasing.

We all are part of the system and the system programs us well. Humans are programs since their birth, we carry the fears of our parents and grow well into the system. The fear of failing, the fear of poverty, the fear of losing is all embedded into our brains since childhood. The prospect of earning Lakhs make people drop pants and chase the fraudulent schemes into hell. Why run after something that you never needed in first place?

Neo has to wake up from the dream before the whole Matrix collapses, because the mind is still linked with the Matrix and the body cannot live without the mind.

And so Morpheus concludes, '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.'

What would you take, the Blue Pill or the Red Pill?


  1. Well i faced a similar situation yesterday. . . The multi level sales guy almost bored me to death. . And the way he linked development of nation with the selling of the items was ludicrous. And the way he spoke was good enough to put politicians to shame. All he needed was a stage to become a crowd magnet. . Not to say my 1.5 hrs were ruined too. .

  2. My neighbour tried to drag me into the sales thing but i ran a mile away from it. Its a all fake and a big time waste :P

  3. omg sid.... i do remember a similar stuff that reg me... better I blog it :)!

  4. Aww.. Nice thoughts posted in a impressive way..
    I loved reading it..

    Yours Frendly,
    Saravana Kumar M


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