Despite being released in the 1990’s, the classic 1999 fiction movie “the Matrix” exudes fresh scent to living in the present world; The authors (the Wachowski brothers) and producer (Joel Silver) offer the ideal picture and conventional answer to the question what does it takes to survive today’s world? Here is how the storyline goes like:
The Matrix Story
The movie begins with Mr Thomas Anderson aka Neo a software engineer. At daytime he is an office worker, by night-time he is a computer engineer; you can also call him a computer hacker. One day he wakes up from a deep sleep at his desk to see a strange message on his computer. Someone by the name Morpheus has contacted him. The message reads what is the matrix?
He is intrigued. He proceeds to converse with Morpheus via the computer to find out the answer to this and is instructed to follow the rabbit hole. As he contemplates the meaning of the message on his computer, he hears a knock at the door. It is his friend asking for a music CD. He gives him the CD. Seeing how boring neo is, his friend invites him to a party. He declines but changes his mind a few seconds later after seeing the lady standing beside his friend with a rabbit tattoo which he remembers formed part of a message send by Morpheus to his computer. He follows her and while at the party meets a lady who convinces her to follow her to know what the matrix is.
When he follows her he finally gets to meet Morpheus the man who he was talking to via the computer. He is intrigued when Morpheus tells him that:
“I know you have spent a couple of years looking for me but I have spent my entire life looking for you…. I know you have always had the feeling that there is something wrong with the world but you couldn’t explain it… Neo, you were born in a prison… today you have an option, take the blue pill and the story ends here. You return to your normal life of regret, disbelief and commonness. Take the red pill and stay in wonderland and I’ll show you how dip the rabbit hole goes.
Neo takes the Red pill and with time he finds out that what the matrix is, a computer generated dream world built to keep us/you under control in order to change the human being into a battery a programmed machine of dependency.
It is a system comprising of, businessmen teachers, lawyers among many other small and big professionals who are not ready to be unplugged from the system. They are so dependent on the system that they would do anything to remain in the system… oblivious of what the real world is.
The only way out is to let go. Let go of your fear, doubt and disbelief. Stop being afraid of the future! ;What appears as reality is really perception.
Here are some of the lessons to pick form the Movie:
1.Reality is Perception
In the matrix movie, Neo take a chance to see what the real world is rather than stand on what he believes it could be. What he finds out is that it is the opposite of what he really thought it was.
For many years he thought that the world was about doing the possible, ordinary. But after his experience with Morpheus, his mind takes a complete shift. He finds out that by taking on new challenges you grow your belief and can literally push your mind into achieving the impossible. That regardless of the pace, stress and heartache of pushing boundaries, you can achieve anything you put your mind to.
Remember what Morpheus says to Neo ‘I can only show you the door, but it is up to you to open it’. So I think it’s time to open the door and stop staring at it man.
2.Learn Something New
The new world order of information has created new ways of thinking and application of information. It has created the need to relearn and practice new skill sets to stay relevant.
By learning something new, you improve on your confidence and execution and adaptability to new and common tasks.
3.Find Out If You Are Smart
Just like Neo, Smart people choose tasks/jobs and lives that challenge them. Thus, if you think you are not smart, then you will choose jobs/challenges that don’t dare you; you will thus become a possible achiever rather than an impossible achiever.
Lest you misunderstand me, I aspire for you and I to find the unique gifts we were called to bring to this world. The only way we can do this is by taking chances/opportunities that push us beyond our personal and familiar boundaries.
4.Not Everyone Is Meant For The Road Less Travelled
Once Neo and the other travellers took the red pill, they became aware that they could no longer go back to the safe and common world or thinking and doing.
Cypher (one of the travellers) after staying for some time in the new world started regretting why he took the red pill. He wished and tried everything possible to go back to the normal world where people live under the illusion of safety, comfort and sameness.
Thus, when you reach a place in life where you believe that there is more to achieve out there, then you start pushing the comfort zone. And once you enter the panic zone, people will reject you, laugh at you and say you are a failure. Don’t listen to them because they lack the courage, vision and are afraid of being lonely.
As long as you believe and can visualize the possibility of a better future than the one you are currently at, take action towards it and keep moving; crawl if you have to.
5. Know and Find your Tribe?
This is not about promoting ethnicity, but when Neo found Trinity (his tribe), he immediately felt connected to them. That’s because they were a group of people who saw the world differently as he did. Like him, they opposed living in the status quo life and always wanted to dare life.
So today I ask you, what is your tribe?
Is it a group of people who keep encouraging you to step forward towards your goals or not?
Is it a group that shares with you the belief that the mind has the power to change reality?
If so then congratulations! You have found the right tribe (your tribe).
6. Learn to leave the past where it belongs
What would you do if you were Neo? Finding out that what you thought you knew about life was a lie; that the foundation of your reality was all fallacy. It is terrifying.
From the way Neo reacted to this shows that when you truly begin to connect with yourself and realize that you are so much more that your life situation and what happened to you in the past; you begin to realize that the power of the mind is greater than that of the body. That you still have the power to make new choices and walk in the path you’ve always wanted to walk in.
As Neo showed during his training session, it takes times to get there. But once you gain momentum, you begin to push your body to break the false limits that the world had set for you; and that you set for yourself.
7. Choose the Red Pill
To those who have watched the matrix movie, the red pill refers to victory over Fear doubt and disbelief in self. To me, it represents Christ.
When you take on Christ, he brings you to a world of impossibilities where you can achieve the impossible; where impossible is possible, where normally the impossible things happens.
So the next time you hear someone/people say you can’t do it, tell them I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me; what is impossible with man is possible with God; when I am weak, he is strong. When I fear he walks me through it all.