Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski, 1999
Neo (Keanu Reeves) opens his eyes for the first time.
Thomas Anderson is an engineer for a major software company. He’s also a hacker named ‘Neo’, who’s being supervised by Morpheus (Lawrence Fishburne) and Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss). They think he is the One. They tell him everything is just an illusion. The reality is a lot different : in the future, humans are slaves to the machines and serve as batteries before being flushed in the toilets. Morpheus is giving Neo an opportunity to join the resistance. Neo has the choice. He takes the red pill. He gets disconnected from the Matrix and learns everything .
Neo, sooner or later you’re going to realize just as I did that there’s a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.
Neo has to fight hard against agent Smith (Hugo Weaving) in the Matrix. He’s being betrayed by Cypher (Joe Pantoliano) who can’t stand the food anymore and prefers to be reintegrated within the Matrix where he can eat good steaks.
Neo meets with the Oracle (Gloria Foster). She says he’s not the One. Everyone is disappointed, including Morpheus. But they have no time to rest. The battle has just begun.
I know you’re out there. I can feel you now. I know that you’re afraid… you’re afraid of us. You’re afraid of change. I don’t know the future. I didn’t come here to tell you how this is going to end. I came here to tell you how it’s going to begin.
The Matrix is about what’s pending.
The Matrix is a system that has its own bureaucracy in place, its own mass consumption society and its own intelligence agency. It offers a certain comfort. It gives us the impression that we’re important while all it does really is to suck us dry and dissolve the concept of individuality. We make a lot of money, go through a ton of stress until we realize we’re expendables. That’s the moment we burn out. No one is crying for us when it happens. Especially those who are still in the Matrix and happy to stick to what they have whether it’s a flashy sports car or a TV that is on 24/7. Most of us just want to stay asleep and slowly wait for the day we become totally useless. We’re ghost poop, leaving no trace behind.
This system is run by machines in the future. They took over. Or we let them take over. Those machines consider us as a cancer and to tell the truth… agent Smith is not entirely wrong.
You move to an area and you multiply and multiply until every natural resource is consumed and the only way you can survive is to spread to another area.
If our only ambition in life is to give birth, go to the supermarket twice a week so we can grow the amount of plastic in the ocean, then our lives is not worth very much. If the biggest choice we have is to go to Disney World or Disney Land, then maybe yes we have become some kind of a cancer to this planet.
What’s pending is a very dark future. It’s the war against the machines with us being totally dependent – that doesn’t really sound like the future if we consider our addiction for smartphones, social media and video games. This is happening because we don’t want to be disconnected. We are giving up on the possibility to take a decision when we have the chance. We resigned to the machines because AI can do everything for us. We got lazy and stopped thinking about how we could reinvent ourselves. Aren’t we using only 10% of our brain capacity?
The reality is the machines are merely the problem. The problem is us when we ignore the choice. It’s not easy to make a decision. Morpheus is right.
I didn’t say it would be easy. I just said it would be the truth.
But if we outsource this basic right, then we lose our freedom and dignity as humans. Let’s try to stay a little critical and go for the red pill, the path that no one else takes. Let’s not be afraid to be disruptive. And let’s not forget that yesterday’s disruptors are often today’s dictators. Beware of the geniuses who started from a garage with nothing to build an empire. Let’s keep on making a revolution so we keep it fresh. It’s a battle that never ends. We don’t need to wait for the One to tell us what to do. The One is all of us.
What does the Matrix look like today? Can we still have the choice? Is the machine the real enemy?
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