“You know why you exist, Teddy? The world out there – the one you’ll never see – was one of plenty. A fat soft teat people cling to their entire life. Every need taken care of except one. Purpose. Meaning. So they come here. They can be a little scared, a little thrilled, enjoy some sweetly affirmative bullshit and then they take a fucking picture and they go back home. But I think there’s a deeper meaning hiding under all that. Something the person who created it wanted to express. Something true.” – The Man In Black, Westworld
I just recently finished a re-watching of the HBO series West World. I don’t watch any TV, except for a series every now and again, but this series is a very thought provoking one. You can check it out or read all abut it, as this post isn’t about the series. This post is actually about the character that I find the most fascinating on the show (hence the post title) and the Red Pill context of the character’s actions and persona. I will say this, if you haven’t seen the show, then you may want to come back to this post later because there are going to be a host of major spoilers, so don’t say I didn’t warn you.
As a quick character summary, we’re introduced to the Man in Black as a mysterious, cold-hearted man with a clear agenda of his own and taste of extreme actions. He is later revealed to have started out as a much more timid and apprehensive person, as we are shown that the mild-mannered William, is in fact, a young version of the Man In Black. What we have here is a great – and rare, I might add – example of a self-forged Alpha with a Blue Pill mindset (despite that fact that the show merges it’s strongest character with it’s weakest).
As we see William when he first enters the park, he seems a little unfit for the wild nature and indulgences that can be found in there. But, in true Blue Pill fashion, once William encounters the Host (artificial human) Delores, he very quickly develops a Oneitis level obsession with her, despite the fact that he knows she’s a robot. He later would spend years searching for her until one day, he made his way back to the first area of the park and he sees her again. To his dismay and heartbreak, he discovers that she has been reset, so she does not remember him or any of the “love” that they shared in their trials and travels earlier.
This troubling realization leads William on a quest of self discovery throughout the park, which forges him into the Man in Black. In the begging of his quest to find his love, he had discovered he had a liking and nack for violence as well as manipulation, which where things he used outside in the real world to become a titan of industry. In his later years, he would test the limits of his morals, by killing a robot mother and child in cold blood to see what he would feel. Once he catches wind of a mythical maze within the park, it becomes his new obsession as he seeks to find a way to enter it and find a deeper meaning within the game of the park.
What’s intriguing about this character is that when we are first introduced to who he was as young William, he is very Blue Pill Beta man that is your run of the mill AFC. He is engaged to be married and he plays second fiddle to his hedonistic brother-in-law to be Logan, both on a personal and professional level. When he encounters Delores, he is drawn to her as something about her seems different and unique. Now, for the sake of the show, she actually is the first robot to develop consciousness, but in the context of the Red Pill, he has a very idealistic view about his “one special girl.” Everything he does is never of his own mental point of origin, it’s either spurned by Logan or Delores, he never acts of his own accord. When he finally goes of on his quest to find this one girl he’s pedestalized, he does so to satisfy his Blue Pill investment he’s made into the relationship. And much like many Blue Men before him, he discovers the painfully hard way that that all his Blue Pill investment, the hardships endured, the years searching and looking, all count for nothing. Now yes, Delores is a robot and her memory was reset, but the metaphor is one that many Blue Pill men are all too familiar with. How many times has a man spent years enduring relationship stress, trying to find someway to win back the affections of his partner, only discover all those effort carried no actual value to her attraction to him?
For the sake of the show, it’s a good twist but all it really accomplishes is it merges the shows least interesting character with it’s most, so in effect it knocks a great character down a few pegs (cough cough…Darth Vader and Anakin Skywalker cough cough). But in the context of the Red Pill, it’s a very good example of a Blue Pill man who’s traumatic personal experience has pushed him from a Beta Bucks into a hardened Alpha…but an Alpha with a blue Pill mindset. We’ll see where this character goes in the next season, but hopefully the Man in Black will develop some actualized Red Pill awareness as a character.