Thursday, March 14, 2013

Why The Matrix Works: Day 1

The Last Movie I Watched
was...The Matrix

What if you lived in a world that is made and organized by someone outside of that world?  Like a computer program?  What if the world outside the world you lived in was the real world?  And what would happen if your mind was freed and you gained access to the real world, found out you were destined for greatness, and had a powerful enemy?

Neo (or Thomas Anderson, as he was known inside the matrix) finds this out.  He discovers that his whole life has, essentially, been a lie.  He was living in a matrix until he woke up to the real world.  People (especially Morpheus, the leader of the rebel group, and Trinity, a member of the group) believe that Neo is “the one,” who will fight the machines that have caused the matrix and get rid of them for good.  Does this happen?  Watch and find out. J

Morpheus: “That you are a slave, Neo. Like everyone else you were born into bondage. Into a prison that you cannot taste or see or touch. A prison for your mind.

Morpheus tells Neo that he is a slave.  Neo had no real choices in his original world, but he searched for a way out without realizing what he was looking for.  Decisions became available to him when Trinity and Morpheus found him and gave him the option of leaving the matrix and joining the real world.

Morpheus: “Do you believe in fate Neo?
Neo: “No.” 

Morpheus: “Why not?” 
Neo: “Because I don't like the idea that I'm not in control of my life.

Neo makes the choice to control his life.  Does this mean the Oracle’s visions into the future are false?  I don’t think so.  She sees what could happen based on people’s choices, even if they haven’t made them yet.  The future changes frequently because the decisions that are made change every day, making fortunetelling something that could also change.  The future is not set.

“The Matrix” is an action-packed movie that delves into philosophical thinking and asks questions like slavery, fate, choices, and what makes a world “real.”  Watch it.

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