The Matrix-first timeSubmitted by farmer on Fri, 09/23/2011 - 20:27
I don't often watch movies, but I happen to currently have access to probably one of the worlds largest collections of DVDs *and* access to a DVD player connected to a relatively large screen. Given this confluence of events, I figured I would watch a movie or two that people have suggested.
Last night was the first time I watched The Matrix.
I was stunned at the clarity with which the concept of the matrix captures the essence of the way I view the world. The scene in which Morpheus holds up the battery and tells Neo the truth about the matrix was, I thought, the key.
The matrix is the collective illusion which works to turn individuals into energy for the senseless and illusory interests of the collective.
None of it is real. The benefits, the interests, any real meaning---it is all fake. Reality is much less polished, and though it is real, pursuit of it will be punished by the collective enforcers (the agents). And the more fake it is, the more polished it is---the more wonderful it seems.
It doesn't help that I'm currently living in one of the most highly rarefied matrix environments in existence---and one of the most pleasant.
I almost couldn't check out the video, even though they have five copies, because it was on reserve for a course. I wonder if the course is worth checking out.