The blockbuster movie ‘The Matrix’ is a 1999 science fiction – action film written and directed by Larry and Andy Wachowski, starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne and Carrie-Anne Moss. The film depicts a future in which reality as perceived by most humans is actually a simulated reality created by the now ruling machines, to pacify and subdue the human population, while their bodies’ heat and electrical activity are used as an energy source. Upon learning this, computer programmer ‘Neo’ is drawn into a rebellion against the machines, involving other people who have been freed from the ‘dream world’ and into reality (wikipedia.org).
When Morpheus asks Neo to choose between a blue pill and a red pill, he essentially offers the choice between fate and free will. In the Matrix, fate rules – since the world is preconstructed and actions predetermined, all questions already have answers and any choice is simply the illusion of choice. In the real world, humans have the power to change their fate and take individual action. Neo chooses the red pill (real life) and learns that free will isn’t pretty. The real world is a mess, dangerous and destitute.
One of the side characters, Cypher, who regrets choosing the red pill and ultimately chooses to return to the Matrix, views any pleasure, even false pleasure, as better than no pleasure at all. Neo, Morpheus and Trinity value free will and reality no matter how unpleasant it may be. The Matrix suggests that everyone has the individual responsibility to make the choice between the real world and an artificial world (sparknotes . com).
If you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favour and watch it. If you have seen it, watch it again, each viewing gives you something new to ponder, plus it’s also just a great action movie. It tells the story of how we are all slaves in this world, bound by the rules: “The Matrix is the world that has been pulled over your eyes, to blind you from the truth: that you are a slave. Like everyone else, you were born into bondage, born into a prison that you cannot smell or taste or touch. A prison for your mind” (Morpheus).
We live in a world where the truth is kept from us. Take the red pill and the truth will be revealed. I hope that my writings are a part of that for you, to open your mind up to the truth. “Buckle your seat belt Dorothy, ’cause Kansas is going bye-bye” (Cypher).
Most people live in a world of self-imposed restrictions and fixed limits (a.k.a. The Matrix or Shouldland). Some of us have chosen to live outside it, in “a world without rules and controls, without borders or boundaries. A world where anything is possible” (Neo). Just like in The Matrix the people who are aware of it and live outside it are not necessarily any happier than people living ignorantly inside it. In fact they are often less happy: “Ignorance is bliss” (Cypher).
You have to ask yourself, before reading any further, do you want to realise the truth and risk being less happy? Obviously I think that it is worth the risk, that’s why I am writing this. Real happiness, true happiness, comes from real understanding of the world, to know it and to be at one with it. Just like Neo, he becomes aware, and although having to face his demons and fight some battles, becomes truly happier in his enlightened state. He finds what he was looking for.
Some people are not ready for this wisdom. That’s okay, take the blue pill and enjoy your life. Ignorance is bliss.