Why does Neo have to actually take a pill?

Why does Neo have to actually take a pill?

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The whole point of Morpheus’ question to Neo is whether he wants to stay in the Matrix or go into Reality. He’s using the pills as stand-ins for each decision.
Therefore, does Neo have to actually ‘take’ one of the pills? Or can he just tell Morpheus his decision? Am I missing something in the Matrix lore about the significance rod digesting a pill? (Haven’t seen any of The Animatrix)

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Posted by VISITOR (Questions: 4, Answers: 11)
Asked on January 9, 2023 12:39 pm
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It's called choice. Neo says it himself. He doesn't believe in fate. He believes in choice. Which is why the whole thing ends the way it does.

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Posted by GUEST (Questions: 3, Answers: 17)
Answered on January 9, 2023 12:49 pm
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I’m pretty sure the blue one is some sort of amnesiac that would make him forget everything. The red activates a tracer program in order to help find his “real” body outside the matrix.

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Posted by VISITOR (Questions: 3, Answers: 11)
Answered on January 9, 2023 12:46 pm
Surprised i had to scroll to here to find this. This is the answer and i honestly didn't think it was that mysterious.
( at January 9, 2023 2:21 pm)
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Morpheus explains after Neo takes the pill: “The pill you took is part of a trace program. It's designed to disrupt your input/output carrier signal so we can pinpoint your location”.

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Posted by VISITOR (Questions: 4, Answers: 10)
Answered on January 9, 2023 12:45 pm
Honestly, I'm confused about the question. Did they not watch the movie?
( at January 9, 2023 12:48 pm)
This is the only answer needed
( at January 9, 2023 12:49 pm)