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- Me, Myself, and I
- "The Matrix is everywhere. It is all around us. Even now in this very room. You can see it when you look out your window. Or when you turn on your television. You can feel it when you go to work. When you go to church. When you pay your taxes. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth."
"Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet, you are a plague, and we are the cure."
The blue pill or the red pill? You'll recall that Neo's decision to take the red pill initiated the plot of ``The Matrix." Morpheus ― whose belief in Neo, as the messiah, commenced the plot ― compared Neo's swallowing of the red pill to Alice's fall down the rabbit-hole.0 Replies 145 weeks
For, just as the red pill was Neo's escape from the ``matrix," the rabbit-hole was Alice's entrance into ``wonderland."
We don't often think of the crisis that Morpheus posed to Neo ― the blue pill or the red pill? ― as a question of psychology. But so it was. This becomes clear when we remember that psychology, literally, is the ``science of the soul."
Neo's psychological dilemma was as follows: If he takes the blue pill, then his soul remains disembodied in the computer-generated matrix, with his body serving as food for the controlling-machines; if he takes the red pill, then his soul escapes from the matrix to reunite with his body.
According to Aristotle's ``On The Soul," still the best primer for the discipline of psychology, ``all natural bodies are organs of the soul." By eating the red pill, Neo reclaimed his body as the organ of his soul.
We, in the real-life modern world and in real-life Korea, are confronted with the same psychological dilemma. We too must decide ― the blue pill or the red pill?
Our blue pill has to do with psychology as understood by the Russian psychologist Ivan Pavlov. So-called ``behaviorism" ignores the soul altogether. It applies to humans the same stimulus-response technique that Pavlov applied to dogs.
Pavlov's bells, as signals for meat, conditioned them to salivate. Propaganda and public relations are like Pavlov's bells in that they condition humans to worship and to buy.
Propaganda and PR are comprehensive signals that imbue objects with prestige and glamor. So imbued, these objects become positive charms, or ``fetishes;" or they become negative charms, or ``taboos."
When we take the blue pill, we allow the powers that be to condition us for their purposes, as means to their ends. When we take the blue pill, we allow the priests, the politicians and the PR men to render prestige and glamor to whatever objects they want us to worship, to vote for, and to buy. Pavlov's bells stimulated; his dogs responded by salivating. Propaganda and PR stimulate; we respond by consuming.
Our red pill has to do with psychology as distinct from anatomy; the soul as distinct from the body. Upon taking the red pill, we live in two worlds: the material world of the body and of sensation, and the spiritual world of the soul and of reason. The red pill enables us to use our bodies as organs of our souls.
The blue pill or the red pill? In other words, Pavlov or Aristotle?
In order to define the soul, Aristotle denoted three types of substance: matter, essence, or a complex of both. The human being, he said, is a complex whose body is material and whose soul is essential.
To illustrate his point, he compared the human being to an eye. His analogy: just as the physical eye is the organ of sight, the physical body is the organ of the soul. The eye's essence, its purpose, is to see. The human being's essence, his purpose, is to think.
The blue pill or the red pill? In still other words, ``human" or ``human being"?
The ``human" is a creature of sensation, conditioned by propaganda and PR to consume, just as Pavlov's dogs were conditioned to salivate. He responds to multimedia sensationalism.
He is passive and reactive. But the ``human being" is an end unto himself. Aristotle defined matter as ``becoming," whereas essence, or form, he defined as ``being." In other words, matter is ``potentiality" but essence is ``actuality."
So humans who only live in the material world are potentialities, that is, potential worshipers and potential customers of whatever the totalitarian powers want them to consume.
But the human being _ ``being" here denotes the soul as actuality _ navigates bo
Let us have a look at the similarities between two scenes, one from each move: "Final Fantasy VII Advent Children" and "The Matrix Revolutions". That is, the final fight scene of each movie, Neo vs Smith and Cloud vs Sephiroth. I think these similiarities go beyond coincidence but if you believe otherwise, I respect that. I just thought I'd share my thoughts with you.1 Reply 256 weeks
The Setting Of Each Fight
Neo and Smith are fighting in The Mega City. It was once inhabited by people but they have all been replaced by Smith and all of his clones. The city is under his complete control. Cloud and Sephiroth are fighting in the ruins of Midgar, once a populated city but is now empty and under the complete control of Sephiroth.
In Neo and Smith's fight, the rain is coming down in buckets. In is dark and there is a thunderstorm going on in the sky above. In Cloud and Sephiroth's fight, there is also a thunderstorm and a dark sky, although it isn't raining.
Smith was once a regular agent until he was "set free" after being defeated by Neo in a seemingly impossible way, due to the fact he he had shot him several times, injuries that woud kill any normal man. But now Smith is back, ready for revenge and is surrounded by clones of himself.
Sephiroth was once just another member of SOLDIER, albeit, the most famous. He fought with Cloud in Nibleheim and had impaled him through the gut with his Masamune, an injury that would have killed a normal man. But under equally impossible circumstances, Cloud came back to defeat Sephiroth and as a direct result of this, Sephiroth is back for revenge. Although in the fight in Advent Children, Sephiroth isn't surrounded by clones of himself, he is capable of creating "Sephiroth Clones". In a similar way, Smith has turned all the residents of The Mega City into his clones, and Sephiroth has infected thousands with Geostigma, or Jenova cells, and anyone with Jenova cells in there blood is labelled a "Sephiroth clone", this would make this would make many people in the surrounding town of Edge his clones, in a way.
Both Cloud and Neo are fighting a villain they have encountered twice before. Neo has fought Smith once in the The Matrix and then fought him and his clones n the Matrix Reloaded. Cloud had faced Sephiroth before in Nibleheim and then again near the core of the earth, when Sephiroth had morphed into his Safer Sephiroth form. Both Cloud and Neo are fighting for the fate of humanity and both have suffered the loss of a loved one, Trinity and Aerith. And let's not forget the close relationship between Neo and Morpheus and in turn, Cloud and Barret. Resemblence, anyone?
The Events Of The Fight
This is where the similarities become more than just coincidence. This is an outline of one of the fight scenes, see if you can guess which one...
The hero and the villain charge at each other, and engage in combat. They take their fight to the air and battle hard as they fly until the villain sends the hero crashing into a nearby building. The villain follows and the two continue fighting until there is a small power struggle and some dialogue. The hero comes out on top and knocks the villain out of the other side of the building. The hero follows and once again, they continue to fight in the sky, going higher. As they fight, the villain does something to gain the upper hand. The hero is taken out of the sky and is left, injured on the ground, the villain apparantly having won. However, the hero gets up, dialogue is exchanged and a short struggle ensues, resulting in the impossible defeat of the villain, from out of nowhere.
Did you guess which fight scene it was? It was both. But the way the victory is achieved is where the movies branch off in their own way. Cloud defeats Sephiroth out of nowhere high up in the sky, Neo defeats Smith in a crater deep in the earth. Also, after the villains are defeated, the bad
I’d like to share a revelation that I’ve had, during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species and I realized that you aren’t actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with its surrounding environment, but you humans do not. You move to an area and you multiply, and multiply until every natural resource is consumed. The only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet. You are a plague, and we . . . are the cure0 Replies 275 weeks
"The Matrix" is not inspired entirely by Buddhist teachings.
Below are some apparent connections of this movie with the Buddhist teachings.
MORPHEUS: Do you believe in fate?
NEO: Because I just don't like the idea that I'm not in control of my life.
MORPHEUS: I know exactly what you mean.
Buddhism does not subscribe to the idea that we do not have full control of our lives. While we are dealt a hand of cards (by ourselves in the past), how we choose to play our cards now determine whether we win the game.
MORPHEUS: If you are not one of us, you are one of them. What are they? Sentinel programs. They can move in and out any software program still hardwired to the system. This means that anyone that we haven't unplugged is potentially an agent. Inside the Matrix, they are everyone and no one. We are survived by hiding from them, running from them. But they are the gatekeepers,they are guarding all the doors and they are holding all the keys. Someday you will have to fight them.
If one is not enlightened, one is deluded- there is nothing equivocal about this. Sentinel programs are analogous to "demons of Mara", who can easily slip in and out anywhere in Samsara to confuse and endanger the Wisdom Life of sentient beings. As long as sentient beings are unenlightened, each of them has the possibility of manifesting anymore, even if just for an instant, as the demons of Mara in terms of negative qualities of Greed, Hatred and Ignorance. Thus, they can be everyone, yet to one in particular, us all being "connected" to Samsara. We survive "attacks" from Mara by first escaping them- but is a matter of time when we have to face them to win them once and for all. Our personal demons are gatekeepers in the sense that only when we conquer them with our understanding, do we have the key to Enlightenment or liberation.
Neo Enters the Loading Program
MORPHEUS: This is the Construct. It is our loading program. We can load anything from clothes, to weapons, to training simulations. Anything we need. Sit down.
NEO: Right now, we're inside a computer program?
MORPHEUS: Wild, isn't it?
NEO: This isn't real? Right now, we are inside a computer program?
MORPHEUS: Is it really so hard to believe? Your clothes are different. The plugs in your head and arms are gone. Your hair has changed. Your appearance now is what we call a residual self image. It is the mental projection of your digital self. What is real? How do you define real? If you're talking about your senses, what you feel, taste, smell, or see, then all you're talking about are electrical signals interpreted by your brain...
(Turns on TV) This is the world as you know at the end of the twentieth century. This world exists only as part of a neural-interactive simulation that we call the Matrix...
NEO: I can't go back, can I?
We are tricked into believing the reality our senses present. Once one has awakened to some aspect of reality, it is impossible to "unawaken".
MORPHEUS: No, but if you could, would you really want to? When the Matrix was first built, there was a man born inside that had the ability to change what he wanted, to remake the Matrix as he saw fit. It was this man that freed the first of us and taught us the secret of the war; control the Matrix and you control the future. When he died, the Oracle prophesized his return and envisioned an end to the war and freedom for our people. That is why there are those of us that have spent our entire lives searching the Matrix, looking for him. As long as the Matrix exists, the human race will never be free.
The "first" man to break free is analogous to an ancient Buddha, who set the example of the possibility of breaking free of Samsara with the power of understanding. The prophecy is analogous to the prediction of a future Buddha's arrival. As long as Samsara (the e
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[Neo sees a black cat walk by them, and then a similar black cat walk by them just like the first one]
Neo: Whoa. Déjà vu.
[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
Trinity: What did you just say?
Neo: Nothing. Just had a little déjà vu.
Trinity: What did you see?
Cypher: What happened?
Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just like it.
Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
Neo: What is it?
Trinity: A déjà vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when they change something.
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Morpheus: I imagine that right now, you're feeling a bit like Alice. Hmm? Tumbling down the rabbit hole?
Neo: You could say that.
Morpheus: I see it in your eyes. You have the look of a man who accepts what he sees because he is expecting to wake up. Ironically, that's not far from the truth. Do you believe in fate, Neo?
Morpheus: Why not?
Neo: Because I don't like the idea that I'm not in control of my life.
Morpheus: I know *exactly* what you mean. Let me tell you why you're here. You're here because you know something. What you know you can't explain, but you feel it. You've felt it your entire life, that there's something wrong with the world. You don't know what it is, but it's there, like a splinter in your mind, driving you mad. It is this feeling that has brought you to me. Do you know what I'm talking about?
Neo: The Matrix.
Morpheus: Do you want to know what it is?
Morpheus: The Matrix is everywhere. It is all around us. Even now, in this very room. You can see it when you look out your window or when you turn on your television. You can feel it when you go to work... when you go to church... when you pay your taxes. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.
Neo: What truth?
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.
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