Matrix Plilosophy

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Tracy Pettigrue
Oct 1, 2009
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In 1999 came a film that would completely revolutionize the film industry, both for the special effects for the proposed content: it was the Matrix, a veritable compendium of philosophy to enjoy the movies. The success the gripping story, the skill of the hero (Keanu Reeves), the refinement of special effects, the spectacle of combat martial arts. All? Perhaps not: there is also a world view that calls strongly to mind various stages of the Western philosophical tradition. The hero, Neo (played by Keanu Reeves), living for some time haunted by questions which can not give answers that satisfy him: it is as if to himself, might experience that in every atom of the realities around him there is something that is wrong. He is contacted by Morpheus, a notorious 'pirate virtual' wanted by the authorities: it is convinced that Neo is a man outside the normal, intended to save humanity from the tragedy that afflicts, but what drama it? Morpheus has contact Neo Precisely because he realized that he predicted the drama that lasted for centuries and is convinced that it is up to him to help him: the whole human race is enslaved to machines, which once was used: after a rebellion by of the latter, the roles were reversed: the machines take advantage of the men to survive and keep them chained, using their energy. As part of the perceptions, the world that we have each day under the eyes is real, but in reality, it is a joke, does not exist: it is only virtual images sent to our brains by machines that keep us slaves. So, everything that surrounds us has no basis outside of our minds: the cars, houses and roads are nothing but virtual images sent to our brain domination by machines, the whole world is a program (Matrix fact) , a deception hatched by all-powerful artificial intelligence that control us. Of course, Neo, as he could foresee that something was wrong, was far from imagining all this and, initially, fails to capacitation. This is the dialogue of the first encounter between Neo and Morpheus:

Morpheus: I imagine that right now you feel a bit 'as Alice tumbles into the rabbit hole.
Neo: You could say that.
Morpheus: I read in your eyes: you have the look of a man who accepts what he sees because he expects to wake up. Ironically, not far from the truth. Do you believe in fate, Neo?
Neo: No.
Morpheus: Why not?
Neo: Why do not like the idea of not being able to manage my life.
Morpheus: I understand perfectly what you mean. Let me tell you why you're here. You are here because they understand something you can not explain. Lonely there. My whole life that you have the feeling that there is something wrong in the world. Not sure what it is, but it's there. It is a splinter in your mind, go nuts. It is this feeling that has brought you to me. You know what I'm talking about ...
Neo: The Matrix.
Morpheus: Do you know what it is, what is it? Matrix is everywhere, is all around us, even now in the room where we are. You can see it when you look out your window or when you turn on the TV. You can feel it when you go to work, when you go to church, when you pay your taxes. It's the world that has been put before our eyes, to hide the truth.
Neo: What truth?
Morpheus: That you are a slave. Like everyone else you were born in chains, were born in a prison that has no bars, which has no walls, which has no odor, a prison for your mind. None of us is unfortunately unable to describe Matrix on others. You will have to discover for yourself what it is. It's your last chance: If you give up, will not have others. Blue pill: end of story. Tomorrow you wake up in your room and believe what you want. Red pill: remains in Wonderland and see how deep the rabbit hole. I'm offering you only the truth, remember. Nothing more.
Morpheus: Have you ever had a dream so unrealistic as to seem true? And while you dream so I could not wake up more, how can you distinguish the world of dreams than reality?

Neo, although at first seems very secretive, working with Morpheus and decides to return to the 'real world', but fought against the machines and free humanity from the chains. So Morpheus leads Neo to take a pill, with a formidable effect: Neo is freed from the chains by which it was wrapped and ending its existence as a slave of artificial intelligence: it opens eyes for the first time. In fact, what had hitherto seen, were nothing but virtual images perceived by his intellect, not from his eyes
Morpheus: Welcome to the real world.
Neo: I'm dead, right?
Morpheus: the opposite.

Author's note: Matrix_Philosophy
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