The Equation

What is the biggest thing that can throw any equation into chaos? Choice. The reason I say this is best described in the movies in the series ‘The Matrix’. The movie is about choices, the choices that humans make everyday. The people who wrote the movie weren’t trying to make a history lesson but they can teach us a lot.

If you think about it, there is more than once they talk about the choices that are made. Neo has to make several that are very hard and one that stands out to me is when he is standing with The Architect and listens to how coldly he talks about the fact that the Matrix has been done six times. He says that Neo is the sum of an equation that is trying to balance itself.

So if one person is trying to make the right choice and their life is part of an equation then how can we resolve the equation without destroying the lives that we have.

The fact is that by reading this, you made a choice. Going left instead of right, you made a choice. Do you have a hamburger or a salad … again the problem is choice.

So I wonder if you could make a choice to help one person, then will you or won’t you? The choice is yours … the blue pill and go back to sleep or the red pill and see how far the rabbit hole goes? What is your choice?

Morpheus: What is real? How do you define ‘real’? If you’re talking about what you can feel, what you can smell, what you can taste and see, then ‘real’ is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain. ”

” I know you’re out there. I can feel you now. I know that you’re afraid… you’re afraid of us. You’re afraid of change. I don’t know the future. I didn’t come here to tell you how this is going to end. I came here to tell you how it’s going to begin. I’m going to hang up this phone, and then I’m going to show these people what you don’t want them to see. I’m going to show them a world without you. A world without rules and controls, without borders or boundaries. A world where anything is possible. Where we go from there is a choice I leave to you.”  (

Agent Smith: But, as you well know, appearances can be deceiving, which brings me back to the reason why we’re here. We’re not here because we’re free. We’re here because we’re not free. There is no escaping reason; no denying purpose. Because as we both know, without purpose, we would not exist.

[Several Agent Smith Clones walk in]

Agent Smith Clone 1: It is purpose that created us.

Agent Smith Clone 2: Purpose that connects us.

Agent Smith Clone 3: Purpose that pulls us.

Agent Smith Clone 4: That guides us.

Agent Smith Clone 5: That drives us.

Agent Smith Clone 6: It is purpose that defines us.

Agent Smith Clone 7: Purpose that binds us.

Agent Smith: We are here because of you, Mr Anderson. We’re here to take from you what you tried to take from us.

[Attempts to copy himself into Neo]

Agent Smith: Purpose.”

The Architect: As I was saying, she stumbled upon a solution whereby nearly ninety-nine percent of the test subjects accepted the program provided they were given a choice – even if they were only aware of it at a near-unconscious level. While this solution worked, it was fundamentally flawed, creating the otherwise contradictory systemic anomaly, that, if left unchecked, might threaten the system itself. Ergo, those who refused the program, while a minority, would constitute an escalating probability of disaster.

Neo: This is about Zion.

The Architect: There are two doors. The door to your right leads to the Source and the salvation of Zion. The door to your left leads back to the Matrix, to her… and to the end of your species. As you adequately put, the problem is choice. But we already know what you are going to do, don’t we? Already I can see the chain reaction: the chemical precursors that signal the onset of an emotion, designed specifically to overwhelm logic and reason. An emotion that is already blinding you to the simple and obvious truth: she is going to die and there is nothing you can do to stop it. ” ( )

Agent Smith: Why, Mr. Anderson? Why, why? Why do you do it? Why, why get up? Why keep fighting? Do you believe you’re fighting… for something? For more than your survival? Can you tell me what it is? Do you even know? Is it freedom? Or truth? Perhaps peace? Could it be for love? Illusions, Mr. Anderson. Vagaries of perception. Temporary constructs of a feeble human intellect trying desperately to justify an existence that is without meaning or purpose. And all of them as artificial as the Matrix itself, although… only a human mind could invent something as insipid as love. You must be able to see it, Mr. Anderson. You must know it by now. You can’t win. It’s pointless to keep fighting. Why, Mr. Anderson? Why? Why do you persist?

Neo: Because I choose to.

Neo: I only ask to say what I’ve come here to say. After that, do what you want and I won’t try to stop you.

[the drones withdraw and resolve into a face]

Deus Ex Machina: Speak.

Neo: The program Smith has grown beyond your control. Soon he will spread through this city, as he spread through the matrix. You cannot stop him. But I can.

Deus Ex Machina: [shouting] WE DON’T NEED YOU! WE NEED NOTHING!

[the drones swarm around Neo again]

Neo: If that’s true, then I’ve made a mistake, and you should kill me now.

[the drones swarm… and draw back into the face again]

Deus Ex Machina: What do you want?

Neo: Peace.

The Oracle: Everything that has a beginning has an end. I see the end coming, I see the darkness spreading. I see death. ”





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