The Matrix

Topics: English-language films, Metaphysics, Mind Pages: 1 (399 words) Published: July 11, 2013
REAL OR NOT REAL?

After reading Meditation 1 Of the Things Which We May Doubt, A synopsis of The Matrix, and Plato’s The Allegory of the Cave I am convinced that each one of these writings was wrote by the same person. The Matrix is completely about being in a world that is not real, kind of like being in a dream like state. Descartes’s meditation is about basically the same thing, but trying figure out what is real and what is not. Descartes’s talks about awaking from a dream and then going through the actions of waking up and then realizing that everything you just did was not even real. Plato implies that most men would want to escape the cave and see Reality as it really is. What is real and what is not? This is the same question that all three of these readings are asking.

The biggest difference that I seen is mostly between Plato’s writings and The Matrix. First the fact the illusion of the cave is merely the natural mechanism for humans to understand their experience, where in The Matrix people are in imprisoned to an oppressive system that needs its subjects to stay in captivity. The other big difference that I seen is in the idea of The Matrix is that eventually everyone could (and should) be freed from the matrix (this is where Neo comes in as “the one”). In the cave, it seems that there is no end to which all work towards, it is merely a warped perception of reality and a failure to see the true world, which is inherent upon them as in The Matrix. The point of these writings is to determine what is real and what is not. I would say that most people don’t think about what is real a whole lot. Most people would just assume that because we can see it or touch it that is real, but what if all that we know and all that we see is just like The Matrix where we are plugged into a super computer and we are just fed these images and we believe that it is real. What if I am not really writing all this and I am really trying my whole life to...
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