Friday, May 18, 2007

the matrix of truth

Friday, May 18, 2007
do you want the red pill, or the blue pill?



like neo, we all must decide this for ourselves. its a lesson in matrix philosphy - the notion that the manner in which one seeks and views the truth colours the lenses through which s/he engages life. this question - about the red and blue pill - asks us about reality, truth and its pursuit. do we blindly accept whats been given us? what's been taught us? or do we want to press beyond ....? despite what we may find there ....?

for humanity its an eternal question.

the blue pill represents the status quo - the pressure to accept the currently held belief of truth, or risk the label renegade and the ensuing ostracism: "... many people are not ready to be unplugged, and many of them are so inured, so hopelessly dependent on the system that they will fight to protect it.”

the red pill represents pursuit of truth ... at all costs. it symbolizes the cliche: 'be careful what you wish for. you just might get it.' because once s/he beholds truth, one cannot retreat from it. to seek truth does not imply one will uncover reality that one can live with. yet, live with it, one must. therin lies the rub.

indeed, life goes on. its a gift - a breathing, responsive stream of energy that flows independently of our wants and desires and petty frustrations. living = experience + knowledge. existence = experience - knowledge. trinity said to neo, “the Matrix cannot tell you who you are.” so ... that's the question, then. 'who we are' versus the mere 'that we are.' do we feel satisfied sufficiently with the fact of our existence? or ... do we also need meaning to bring light to the painting? only you can answer that. just as only i can answer it.


4 comments:

Infinitesimal said...

the Matrix is my Mom's favorite movie, she enjoys the spiritual metaphor.

the.red.mantissa said...

me too ... alot. my prof - who is from delhi, india - told me about the belief of the ancient hindu sages re: 4 levels of consciousness ... the way he described it made me think of the matrix ... i.e. nothing's real ... y'know?

so much philosophy there ... quite a visual essay on humanity and truth, i think.

*Itkupilli* said...

Red one, please!
Indeed, Matrix has the spiritual metaphor, first it was frightening, but now I see it very relieving. Incredible text. WOW!

Mayden' s Voyage said...

I never saw the movie-
but I think I'm reaching for the red pill...
I'm reading the Seven levels of Intimacy, and Awakening at Midlife-
and I am being asked to stretch my mind-- a lot.
It's interesting to me how many things I simply could not believe when I was younger...and now- all these new ideas are edging in around me. I can not ignore them.

And the work with/for Cadence has been overwhelming- and very centering for me.

I was thinking of you this morning...needed to say hello-
Hugs Roxanne-