January 1, 2013

They’re At It Again: Are We In The Matrix?

If you took the red pill, then you have undoubtedly already seen what I’m about to show you. If you took the blue pill, then you’re screwed.

The Matrix is, even over a decade later, still a cult classic in American cinema. The Matrix showed us what the world would be like if machines ruled our lives. Of course it wasn’t The Wachowskis intention to deliberately challenge our perception of this world.

They just wanted to make a movie, and they did. But underneath the fabric of The Matrix’s lore, there was a question that we still haven’t been able to answer: Are we in the Matrix, ourselves?

Researchers in Germany and now the U.S. are joining in a Matrix party that, in my honest opinion, is just ridiculous.

Why do I think it’s ridiculous?

Because the factors that they used to come up with their theory don’t add up. Technology has been the developing theme with us since a first baboon had its head bashed in by the first hand crafted club of a clever cave man. The forms of technology change consistently as the centuries continue to roll by, but the needs and wants always stay the same.

We now have an oven that cooks turkey for us, instead of the traditional campfire to heat our meals. Instead of throwing spears into fresh water rivers to catch fish, we now shoot them.

I’m not saying we should be embarrassed by our evolutionary advancement because it’s the right of every intelligent species to use their resources in new ways. The punch line to this is that in another century it won’t be the Matrix that we are engulfed by, just as it wasn’t gunpowder or the printing press that also gave us advancement. Humanity isn’t enslaved by outside machines or a futuristic super computer that doesn’t have computer stuff to do; they’re enslaved by themselves.

Let’s back it up for those who don’t understand my references.

The Matrix told the tale of humanity about one hundred years in the future and their backs are against the ropes as they face off with a race of machines that have driven them to near extinction. No one knows how this war began, or who started it.

What they can be certain of is that humanity, in knowing that the machines relied on solar energy to charge their batteries, blotted out the sun. To do so, they managed to create a gigantic cloud of electromagnetic smog that rendered the machines without any power.

How do the machines retaliate?

They realize that the human brain is capable of generating 1.2 watts of electricity per second throughout their nervous system. Harness enough humans in one place and you have all the energy that you could possibly need.

Of course they have the technology to transfer this energy, but how are you going to convince humanity to sit still and accept this when you’re fighting a constant battle to the death? Not to mention humanity isn’t all right with the idea of being harvested!

But to convince them, the machines invented a virtual reality simulation program that they would use to trick humans into believing that they were in the “Perfect World.” That virtual world was The Matrix.

This process would take decades of breeding fetuses, but the outcome was staggering. For miles and miles there were millions of generating farms, all with people slumbering away in their world.

The Matrix naturally chose to set its time period at the dawn of the second millennium in 1999. This was a contemporary setting that convinced modern audiences that we ourselves were inside a virtual reality.

This outcome was quite metaphorical for us, delivering the message that our dependence on technology is blinding. But why has it been such a controversy that we still believe we are in The Matrix, or any other virtual world for that matter?

Perhaps it is only another instance of our being interested in our own origin. But come on, how unnecessary of an outcome can you imagine before you realize that you’re thinking too hard? Let me know what you all think by dropping a comment below!

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