Most of us take our breathing for granted, but we aren’t all lucky enough to live in a place with clean air. In Beijing, pollution has gotten so bad that breathing the air has become dangerous. There are days when the smog is thick enough to block out the sun. On these days, schools close, and construction stops. People walk around the city wearing masks to avoid breathing in the dangerous smog, which contains harmful particles from coal power plants.
Neo is offered a choice between truth and illusion. If he takes the blue pill, he will return to his old life, where everything seems normal. If he takes the red pill, he will wake up to see the world as it truly is. He chooses the red pill. When he wakes up, he realizes that he’s been asleep in a pod where he only dreamt that he was living a normal life. The truth is, he and all of the other humans were prisoners of sophisticated machines. The machines created the illusion of a normal life for the sleeping humans so they could harvest their energy.