The Matrix is by far one of my favorite movies. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen it, but what I can tell you is I have quotes for days and low key have dedicated most of my computer folders to reference parts of the movie. Needless to say, I’m a big fan. Now it’s not the acting that keeps me hooked but rather the post-apocalyptic back drop that the movie created. A mental prison that we created ourselves.
This prison better known as the matrix is the reality that the machines decided would be best for us to believe and accept. Everything inside of it is a recreation or a concept that the inhabitants buy into continually. Very deep. Especially when you ask yourself how do you know your own experiences are real and not apart of some matrix?
The reality is that we all exist in a matrix of sorts though if you think about it, bound by the limitations that we over time have collected from our experiences and perspectives. Since we were babies we have been registering and cataloging the world around us. Every moment, every image, and every single stimuli had been sorted by our brain to help us process the world around us till we could experience it in greater detail when we had more mobility. As time passed and we got older that mobility allowed us to see and experience even more. Unfortunately not all of those experiences shaped us for the good.
We learned to live through mimicry of others, and whether you were cognizant of it or not we began building a matrix of our own. Our perspectives are built based on what reality we came up with. Like I mentioned in a previous post about L’s. I see now that we set our own standards somewhere of what is acceptable an attainable to us. No one else can impose their reality on you, unless you of course buy into it.
Neo, the protagonist in The Matrix, represents the person who decided that the rules of the Matrix could be broken, that the only thing that bound him was ultimately himself. Lately I’ve been reading more and more self help books in a push to truly learn how to master me. Every book I’ve read lately (I’ll list them later in the post) speaks to these rules that we learned to accept and how through simply deciding to be different can transform us. I’ve been sitting on the edge of this realization all week.
“You build the walls that confine yourself.”
Changing your life is really as simple as deciding that the matrix you built doesn’t have to be your permanent reality, you have the ability to build your own mental space. Your only true opposition is your mind. Now don’t take that as it’s easy because your mind took years to build these rules and restrictions and it won’t give them up without a fight, but simply accepting that you can break these rules to raise your own standards is very doable.
I’ll leave you with this, in the movie Neo is watching a young child bending spoons with his mind. Amazed, Neo sits down beside him and tries to imitate him. He can’t do it. The young boy smiles and shares a secret:
“Do not try and bend the spoon. That’s impossible. Instead… only try to realize the truth.”
“There is no spoon.”
There is no spoon?
“Then you’ll see, that it is not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself.”
In this life all we can ever truly change is ourselves, and through changing that we can accomplish more than trying to change others. Remember, there is no spoon.