Monday, 30 March 2020

Attitudes to The Matrix depends on what lies behind it (and where that is located)

We live - to a considerable extent, at least - in a Matrix, a fake world, a simulation/ hologram, a 'virtuality' that corresponds (approximately) to the 'information' system - the mass media and bureaucracy, supplemented by institutions such as education and the propaganda systems of health services, the legal system etc.

Those who use the term The Matrix for this single, global meta-system regard it as a malign thing, an evil-motivated thing, a deceptive and manipulative thing: aimed at feeding people false perceptions and data, and making people behave against their best interests.

However, for The Matrix to be a fake, entails that there must also be a contrastive reality - somewhere, somehow. And here opinion differs; and differs widely.


For some people, including many New Age-type spiritual folk; The Matrix is merely a modern term for the fundamentally illusory nature of this world ('maya'). Matrix-ness is a consequence of 'matter' and the transitoriness of the material. So mortal life on this earth just-is (necessarily and inevitably and always) illusion. The only escape from The Matrix is into the timeless world of pure spirit.

For some Christians; the illusory nature of this world is a product of The Fall - this world is meant to be real, it was intended to be without-change, without-decay or disease, without death - but due to wrong choices, sin came into the world. So, The Matrix is regarded as a consequence of sin; and the only possible escape would be Heaven (which is seen as changeless perfection; outside of time and space).

For me, The Matrix is a fake world wickedly superimposed-upon and obscuring the real-reality of this mortal life on earth. For me; mortal life on earth is a real-reality; intentionally-'designed' to be as it is which is always-changing and terminated by death - because it has been created by God as a temporary phase of mortal incarnation; sandwiched between our preceding, pre-mortal Heavenly life as a spirit and (if we choose it) our post-mortal Heavenly life as a resurrected immortal.


For me; The Matrix is a fake world that is intrinsically net-evil when regarded as the true-reality; and is only legitimate if it is subordinated to our personal knowledge and experience of the real world.

By my understanding, therefore; to escape The Matrix is not a matter of leaving this world and/or our bodies; but of penetrating a pervasive illusion; to discover the reality, the truth and divinity inside our-selves and all around us; a reality that is always present but masked, blocked, buried; imprisoned by abstractions, ignoring and denial.

Escaping The Matrix is a matter of discovering the divine self underneath the false selves of 'personality'; and of discovering (by direct knowing, by true intuition) the personally-experienced reality of living Beings behind the screen of abstract concepts and data. 

1 comment:

Jake said...

Bruce,
This post spoke to me very strongly this morning. Wow.

Your take on the nature of reality is the one that makes sense to me the most. I really like a guy on Youtube named Quantum of Conscience, who has done a masterful job of deconstructing the lies and illusions and insanity of the matrix, but he's not a Christian. He believes that Christ is one of the ways to follow if you want out. And he thinks that this reality is mainly a "test," and if you pass, you don't have to come back (or something like that).

One of the reasons that I can't leave my current Christian path (well, I hope this is a permanent, eternal path) is that he seems like a depressed man. A good man. Light in his eyes, not reptile eyes, but he's still depressive.

Whereas, the more I seek out connection to spirit and the Holy Spirit and the spirit within all beings, the more meaningful I feel this reality to be.

And then there is nature - a realm of reality that even a child, or even a dog, can partake in and enjoy instinctively and joyfully. Haven't you ever seen a dog rolling in fresh grass, or running with joy through the woods?

Thus, I could never really accept the idea that this reality or world is totally an illusion and something to be escaped. The more I escape the TV (which I watch never), news, systems of law and education - the more I simplify my life or at least my mind, the more access I have to the basic good or beauty that seems to be there below the layers of filth placed upon it by demons and evil men and evil systems.

Your writings are a blessing. Thanks.