Another Trite Matrix Analogy...

I was tired of Christian/ Heaven/ Hell/ Messianic/ Spirituality parallels and analogies related to The Matrix within a few months of the first movie releasing. Then the books came, trying to cash in on the blatant spiritual connections.

So forgive me, but as a "banker-by-day," this one has been burning away at me.

As American citizens in a consumer-driven society, we are slaves to a machine that is USING US TO POWER ITSELF. We are batteries for the American Economy. If we stop spending (rather, if we stop borrowing and overspending), America stops functioning. And I'm a part of it - or have been.

Trying to break free.

It's a slow, painful process. First, I have to admit that it's a problem. It doesn't matter that 99% of Americans are hooked on the same drug. It's killing us. Robbing our souls. The "Suicide Machine."

Then we slowly have to start making lifestyle sacrifices to get out from under it. Spend less. Save more... no! GIVE more. See, it robs us of our souls.

The Average American spends 101% of their income every year.

We are slaves.

Morpheus: The Matrix is everywhere. It is all around us. Even now, in this very room. You can see it when you look out your window or when you turn on your television. You can feel it when you go to work... when you go to church... when you pay your taxes. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.

Neo: What truth?

Morpheus: That 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.

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Derek Web sings...
But I give myself to what looks like love
And I sell myself for what feels like love
And I pay to get what is not love
And all just because I see things upside down.

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Statement from the director of the new documentary, MAXED OUT:
In the days after 9/11, I remember turning on the television and seeing politician after politician deliver the same message: keep spending! George Bush wanted us to go to Disneyworld. Tom Daschle wanted us to buy that new suit we'd been thinking about. I thought back to my fifth-grade history book. Didn't it teach that when we're at war, we sacrifice, not spend? The economics of our culture have clearly changed and I wanted to find out how and why.
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The Matrix analogy may not be fresh, but it sure is effective. Sometimes trite analogies are the best way to communicate ideas. Like a light in the darkness (for example).

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