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The Matrix | The Eye of the Dragon | The Challenge

At last, I saw The Matrix. I liked the analogies (the Wachowskis must have read Carlos Castaneda) and implications. For although The Matrix is not produced by artificial intelligence (machines), it actually exists. It is here, limiting human beings, holding us in bondage, and rendering our intelligence useless − it creates a petty and cruel species that preys on its own kind.

What actually pulls the wool over our eyes, however, and forces us to take reality for what is not (and act like nitwits) is our own reflection − that is the part the movie misses. But, of course, being science fiction it is entitled to. I wonder, however, if it will help us realize that we are boundless beings trapped in a crippling system. And we can actually fly!

The Matrix is indeed everywhere, we are trapped in a bubble of perception, but so is the way out, the eye of the dragon, the knowledge to destroy our chains. We have a challenge in our hands, a challenge worthy of us.

There comes a moment in our lives when we are struck by a gut feeling that something is wrong, something is out of kilter. From that moment on it is our responsibility to accept the challenge and take action, do our search. Not doing so will extract from us an extremely high toll.

Be advised.

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Morpheus: … you are a slave, Neo. Like everyone else you were born into bondage. Into a prison that you cannot taste or see or touch. A prison for your mind.

Buddha: Regard this fleeting world, as a star at dawn, a bubble in a stream,  a flash of lightning in a summer cloud, a flickering lamp, a phantom and a dream. − The Diamond Sutra

Morpheus: I’m trying to free your mind, Neo. But I can only show you the door. You’re the one that has to walk through it.

For me there is only the traveling on paths that have heart, on any path that may have heart. There I travel, and the only worthwhile challenge is to traverse its full length. And there I travel, looking, looking breathlessly. –Don Juan

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7 Responses

  1. Overall, don’t you find that many movies, many blockbusters actually do carry a wonderful, interesting and intriguing message. I just hope people get it. Kung Fu Panda comes to mind – many beautiful dialogs, great for kids.

    What I find fascinating, is that watching The Matrix first time when it just came out I payed no attention to the message, but loved actors and great special effects. Now when I watch it – it is entirely different perspective.

    Have you seen Revolver (2007)?

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  2. You are right, many do. We just don’t pay attention.
    I have not seen Revolver. What is it about?

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  3. Basically it is an action movie, but with a purpose. I guess I would say it is about fighting own ego. Extremely entertaining with a cool idea behind it. I do not like the Wikipedia description, as mentioning of Kabbalah kind of ruins it for me. When i watched the movie first time I had no idea of all the references that the movie supposedly makes toward kabbalah (according to Wikipedia), I just loved the fun yet deep message and a great acting. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Revolver_(film)

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  4. It looks like a good film; I checked it out; the ego is the ultimate con. I’ll keep the film in mind. Thanks. Stay mindful.

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  5. The Matrix is one of my favorites, I watched it a few years after I started Zen practice and felt it really captured something about the purpose of practice. I will have to check out Revolver, that Elena mentioned. I have heard of it, but I haven’t see it.

    Another great movie is The Game (with Michael Douglas and Sean Penn)… I will probably blog about it sometime soon 🙂

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  6. Thanks for the link Aly. Keep in touch.
    In mindfulness.

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