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Resisting the Matrix

The Matrix

by Ace Evader
MORPHEUS: Let me tell you why you are 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. 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 brought you to me. Do you know what I'm talking about?

NEO: The Matrix?

MORPHEUS: Do you want to know what it is?
Neo nods.

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, born into a prison that you cannot smell or taste or touch. A prison for your mind.

What is the Matrix

In my opinion, The Matrix films provide the best metaphor our society has for understanding why organized evil and oppression are allowed to exist, and so I will use it for this purpose. While my interpretation isn't the only possible one, I believe it to be valid, comprehensive, and most importantly, illustrative of the message I am trying to convey.

So let's begin by discussing what the Matrix is not. The Matrix is not the physical world. As far as I'm concerned, the physical world is actually real and is in fact governed ceaselessly by the laws of physics. Conversely, the Matrix is also not the Internet, despite what many seem to believe. The Matrix spans and transcends both these worlds. It has existed since the dawn of civilization, and it will continue to exist until its collapse.

So then, what is it? Well, that's complicated. Much like in the movie, it's nearly impossible to convey the size and scope of the Matrix to someone who doesn't already see it for what it is. However, unlike the movie, I believe it is an ethical imperative to try to convey it in a literal sense, even to those who are so dependent upon the Matrix that they would fight to protect it. At worst, they won't understand or believe and will continue on about their business. In a sense, I believe Cypher was right to resent Morpheus for what he did, because Morpheus engaged in flat out trickery and deception to free people.

But I digress. The Matrix is the social structure that subordinates Humanity to its will. It is the machinery of society that exists solely to perpetuate itself, its influence, and its power independent of any human need. It insulates us from each other and ourselves through deception, and essentially transforms us into servile engines of economic and political output (power). The machines that live off this power are institutions: large corporations, governments, schools, religious institutions, and even non-profit orgs. Every institution will reach a point in its existence where its primary function becomes self-preservation and perpetuation, instead of serving human need. At this point it becomes a machine of the Matrix. For example, when they become machines, governments cease to serve people and instead seek to extend their power over them; corporations prioritize increasing shareholder value over producing quality products or otherwise serving the public good; schools view students as a means and not an end; religions equate membership with salvation (and actively oppose other teachings and even independent practice); and non-profits and charities spend more budget on fund raising activity than on their original focus. Inevitably all large institutions eventually become machines. They become too big for Humanity.

In addition to the independent self-perpetuating machines that write most of our paychecks, the Matrix has several major cooperative and more actively sinister groups of machines subsisting off of its power and directly contributing to the structure of the Matrix itself. These groups are the Military Industrial Complex, the Political Industrial Complex, the Prison Industrial Complex, the Surveillance Industrial Complex, the Media Industrial Complex, the Academic Industrial Complex, the Agricultural Industrial Complex, the Medical Industrial Complex and the major organized religions. All machines in these groups either actively oppress humanity, or enable the oppression to persist. It is through their combined efforts that the Matrix takes on some of its more distasteful qualities.

Resisting the Matrix

Resistance is a mental state. The Matrix is designed to make it easy to accept what it tells you and to make it hard to filter the truth from the lies.

Resisting the Matrix requires understanding its operating principles and assumptions, rejecting them, and helping others to do the same.

The Matrix is fascist, the Matrix is deceptive, and the Matrix is bureaucracy. The Matrix is essentially the rule of the institution over the individual, and in it, the rights of the individual are subordinate to the rights of the institution. Individuals have to believe (or at least not actively oppose the idea) that large corporations have the right to protect their profits above all else, and thus dictate policy and law. They have to believe that this law is just, moral, and seemingly based upon reason. Or, they have to feel unaffected by the law on an individual level. They have to accept the program, and be satisfied with the rewards given for doing so. They have to do their jobs, pay their taxes, and be content with their salary (at least to the point where their salary and the stability it provides are appealing enough to deter risking leaving the Matrix). Rejecting these beliefs is the first step in resisting the Matrix.

Furthermore, people must be insulated from the creative process. They have to forget that they are able to produce craft as individuals independent of large institutions, and they must feel entirely dependent upon the system to provide them with what they need. It is mostly through the violation of this principle that many who work with computers come to free themselves, or at least come to see the Matrix for what it is. Despite being products of the Matrix (for the most part), computers and the Internet enable humans to create individual works on a global scale: independent media, self-publishing, Free Software, computer music, computer art and graphics, and so on. Computers also enable independent people to communicate and build human-serving social structures outside of the Matrix.

More at: http://jdoe.freeshell.org/howtos/ExitTheMatrix/ar01s02.html


At Wednesday, July 26, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Spider's Web is the Matrix.

The Spider is the Devil (really!)

The Spider has poisoned most of the human race with his LIES and Deception.

The Illuminati/Zionists (Neocons) are the injected (possessed) baby spiders, doing the Devil's dirty work (like Bush and Olmert) - they feed on the blood and misery of humanity. They are called Satanists because they worship the Devil. The Devil feeds on the (lost) souls of humanity!

There is only ONE escape from the Spider's Web. You can't escape with just your own strength!

Find it (and a lot more ;) at www.novalight.org :O

"The Truth will make you Free" - at last :)

PS This is an old story that has been poorly understood. There is a happy ending for some, not for everyone!

At Wednesday, July 26, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beware, anyone who takes the red pill automatically becomes a 'terrorist'.

Neo: 'terrorist'
Che Guevara: 'terrorist'
Osama bin Laden: 'terrorist'
Luke Skywalker: 'terrorist'

At Wednesday, July 26, 2006, Blogger Mike said...

Oh for crying out loud.

Very good post qrswave. I agree wholeheartedly. I don't believe that any one person is evil or posessed or anything like this. It seems more to me how much they believe in the Matrix or how much they believe they stand to gain from perpetuating its values.

Many of the world's oppressed become the oppressors once the force keeping them down is removed. I am with you that the only way to truly free one's self, and indeed the species, is to question the structure and the assumptions.

I heard of a book a while ago (I forget the title) that discussed the systems that humans created (or discovered), but have now taken on a life of their own and are controlling the people that participate through the assumptions that they force onto the unsuspecting (I added the last part).

At Wednesday, July 26, 2006, Blogger ksdrover said...

This appeared on The History Channel not long ago. I found it very informative considering......


Ironically if you consider the rise of zionism and its different masks you come to the realization that they have been using the very same methods to manipulate us that they use to instill fear.

In other words immediately after WWII they started using the fear of 'godless communism' which is in fact a creation of the zionist movement, more appropriately the Labor faction of the zionist movement.

Today they use fear of terrorism which is being perpatrated and undertaken by various sects of the zionist military and the Mossad. An article appeared in Ynet recently that admitted that 'israeli' "intelligence"(oxymoron) had 'significantly infiltrated Hezbollah'. So in their pride they expose themselves and make those paying attention wonder exactly whose intrests those 'infiltrators' are representing...but then that question is also answered by their arrogance.


At Wednesday, July 26, 2006, Blogger Whitewraithe said...

Totally agree, ksdrover!

Regarding whether evil truly resides in reality, based on world history, how could anyone believe that it 'does not'? Satan's greatest trick was convincing the world that he DID NOT exist. Now whether there is a red demon with spiked horns running around is anyone's guess.

A new book out titled "Political Ponerology - The Science of the Study of Evil" might be worth investigating.

From the Forward:

“Ponerology” which the dictionary defines: n. division of theology dealing with evil; theological doctrine of wickedness or evil; from the Greek: poneros -> evil'.

Dr. Lobaczewski was not proposing a “theological” study, but rather a scientific study of what we can plainly call Evil. The problem is, our materialist scientific culture does not readily admit that evil actually exists, per se. Yes, “evil” plays a part in religious discourse, but even there it is given short shrift as an “error” or a “rebellion” that will be corrected at some point in the future, which is discussed in another theological division: eschatology, which is concerned with the final events in history of the world, the ultimate fate of humanity.


At Friday, October 27, 2006, Blogger DareAgain said...

This article was written by Ace Evader, NOT Jack Duggan who forwarded it to a few friends. Somehow it was attributed to me, a forwarder, as the author. I only wish I had the heart, intelligence and skills of Ace Evader.

Jack Duggan

At Friday, October 27, 2006, Blogger qrswave said...

thanks for letting us know, Jack.

but, all TRUE knowledge flows from only ONE source.

so, it doesn't really matter too much who the messenger is.


I'll fix the attribution, though.

At Friday, October 27, 2006, Blogger DareAgain said...

Thanks, bro.' I agree that there is only one Source of supply.

Since Ace Evader stuck his neck so far out, his instrumentation should be noted and lauded.


At Friday, June 01, 2007, Blogger braindead said...

Right on! Well said Ace Evader. Some put it this way: "Once your awareness begins to open you are IN the world but not OF the world".

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