If you asked me what my favorite all time movie is, then this is it. One can appreciate a good movie, even if we have to look past the fact that the two brothers responsibility for this franchise are now two sisters.
The Matrix is a remarkable movie and one filled with mystical nuggets for the average man or woman. A lot can be deciphered and spoken about the three parts in this film franchise, so let’s examine them one at a time.
In part one, we meet Neo. There is a sect in this film, led by Morpheus, with one common goal, and that is to find the One. Of course,there is a traitor in the midst. Every good story has a Judas (an enlightened one who prefers the world they created for themselves). The words ‘Neo’ can be re-organized to spell ‘One.’ Neo lives in his own world, and as one character puts it, “feels like the rules don’t apply to him.” The issue is, Neo senses that there is more to life than the mundane cycle he has grown accustomed to. In the deepest recesses of his mind, he has questions that no other man can answer. In his world, most of the other people are quite content with adhering to the meaningless, purposeless cycle of their existence, but not him. Yet, he finds himself with an average job, living an ordinary life, except for his alter personality as a computer hacker.
Morpheus, driven by his passion for pursuing his purpose after an Oracle prophesied that he would be the one to find the one, eventually finds Neo.
Similar to walking away from the world system and becoming a Christian, a new identity begins to emerge as Neo is told the truth and taken through a very intensive training simulation so what lies within can begin to come out. Neo struggles to accept that he is the One because of his obvious limitations, but Morpheus makes a profound statement, “Neo, one day you will realize as I did that there is a difference between knowing the path, and walking the path.”
Neo emerges as the One by the end of the first movie, but not before he dies. At the moment of death, he arises with clarity, sight, and power. Our willingness to die will always unleash what is locked within. I find this interesting because of how death has been viewed over the last millennia. It is purported as something to fear, something final, something irreversible, and yet some of the greatest men who have emerged over the years are people who have died or gone close to death (Near Death Experience). There is something about death that radically changes our perception of life, and we should not be afraid to die.
Neo was always the One, from birth. He just didn’t know it. When the information was revealed to him, he struggled to comprehend it. It was way too different from what he knew to that point. When his experience begun to sync with his revealed revelation, a new journey begun for him. He had to let go of what WAS to embrace what IS. It’s a journey we all should take, but we can choose not to. In a sense, only those who are willing to believe that humanity was not created with limitations will emerge to become greater than they ever imagined possible.
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