What is Real? How do you know?

How do you know what is real? What is it that tells you that something is real and something isn’t? Some of the quotes are from the Matrix series and I will explain why they are important. 

The first one is from the second movie ‘Matrix Reloaded’ In the scene Neo and Councilmember Harmann are talking in the engineering part of Zion.

Councillor Harmann: Down here, sometimes I think about all those people still plugged into the Matrix and when I look at these machines I… I can’t help thinking that in a way… we are plugged into them.
Neo: But we control these machines; they don’t control us.
Councillor Harmann: Of course not. How could they? The idea is pure nonsense. But… it does make one wonder… just… what is control?
Neo: If we wanted, we could shut these machines down.
Councillor Harmann: [Of] course. That’s it. You hit it. That’s control, isn’t it? If we wanted we could smash them to bits. Although, if we did, we’d have to consider what would happen to our lights, our heat, our air…
Neo: So we need machines and they need us, is that your point, Councilor?
Councillor Harmann: No. No point. Old men like me don’t bother with making points. There’s no point.
Neo: Is that why there are no young men on the council?
Councillor Harmann: Good point.’ (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0234215/quotes )

What is the meaning of the conversation here? How do we know that we are in control of what is happening in our lives? It does come down to the basic problem of all the movies talk about — choice. That is why when I ask how do you know if something is real?

In the first movie ‘The Matrix’ Neo learns a very important lesson.

Neo: I thought it wasn’t real
Morpheus: Your mind makes it real
Neo: If you’re killed in the matrix, you die here?
Morpheus: The body cannot live without the mind’ (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0133093/quotes )

Again the question is how do you know what is real? The human mind works like a computer in many senses. We take information in through what our senses tell us. It then has to process the information through a series of electrical signals. Those signals then tell our body what is going on.

Morpheus: What is “real”? How do you define “real”?’ (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0133093/quotes )

We need to understand that in order to find peace and calm in our world.

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

Deus Ex Machina: And if you fail?
Neo: I won’t.’ (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0242653/quotes )

So if we need to find ourselves then we can be truly free and happy. We are people that have feeling and not machines then we are having an impact on this world. It is time for a change in our behaviour or we could end up in a place like the movie shows or worse.


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