I have been seeing the term "Black Pill" popping up on various Internet forums. While I am quite familiar with the terms "Blue Pill" and "Red Pill" (see vid below of my speech on this topic), the Black Pill was new to me.
The Black Pill
The Black Pill is basically admitting that things are hopeless. The bad guys have the power, money and numbers and they have already won. So why fight a hopeless battle? It is probably smarter to keep your head down and enjoy the decline of Western Civilization. Eat, drink and be merry and don't worry about the future. You will be dead in the future anyway, so who cares?
The White Pill
So should we give up because everything looks hopeless? The rational answer is probably yes. But Western Civilization was created by men who did not share such nihilism. They had faith, yes in God, that their lives had a purpose that transcended this time and place.
Tolkien's philosophy was definitely White Pill.
“Despair, or folly?' said Gandalf. 'It is not despair, for despair is only for those who see the end beyond all doubt. We do not. It is wisdom to recognize necessity, when all other courses have been weighed, though as folly it may appear to those who cling to false hope. Well, let folly be our cloak, a veil before the eyes of the Enemy! For he is very wise, and weighs all things to a nicety in the scales of his malice. But the only measure that he knows is desire, desire for power; and so he judges all hearts. Into his heart the thought will not enter that any will refuse it, that having the Ring we may seek to destroy it. If we seek this, we shall put him out of reckoning.'
'At least for a while,' said Elrond. 'The road must be trod, but it will be very hard. And neither strenght nor wisdom will carry us far upon it. This quest may be attempted by the weak with as much hope as the strong. Yet such is oft the course of deeds that move the wheels of the world: small hands do them because they must, while the eyes of the great are elsewhere.”