“We are trained in this world to accept only what is rational and logical. Have you ever wondered why?
MORPHEUS: From the Matrix.
I began with this quote taken from the Matrix transcript and Morpheus and Neo’s, I’ll say, red-pill/blue pill conversation, because it seems that if you don’t have that inexplicable feeling then a prescription won’t help you. Even if your vision has never failed you check-ups are recommended.
You might be as happy as can be in any particular culture or demographic and deservedly remain so for many years. For many of us that examine our lives I know that’s not the case. Poor Richard said somewhere in his almanac that, ” if thou injurest conscience, it will have it’s revenge on thee.” This self-examination where we base past decisions on conscience and observe our influence on events show us conscience’s revenge. Conscience is the science that cons all other sciences. Like a splinter in our mind. If you’ve never examined your life, I’ll have to remind you of the words,” an unexamined life is not worth living.”
The imprisoned mind, at length, will come to odds in a world where routine encounters with those of different lifestyles and nationalities are on the increase. The Devil is in our details, so to speak, and the only way to be rid of our darkness is to shine light and/or reflect on the situation and make clear again parts of our vision that has gotten blurred. Subjective Refraction of the Mind requires that one is voluntarily receptive and can make what is objective harmonize with one’s subjective volition.
The Matrix is Science Fiction, of course, yet the meaning behind the story seems to resonate with many, hence, the Matrix’s success. The Art of Storytelling has stood the test of time in all cultures as an effective way of revealing morals and truths to the disillusioned. Which takes me to an example from the New Testament of the Bible, perhaps the greatest story ever written. Matt. 13:10-17, “And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.”
Our prescription is unique to us. What works for one, might not work for another. It’s ok to have your favorite religion, philosophy, or holy person so long as the same courtesy is extended to all. Our DNA may be 99.9%the same yet we all look different and even maternal twins can have very different lives and experiences. It’s up to each and every one of us to go through that door. Many are ushering us through the sands of time and the written word to enter the future without disillusionment. History is the same for us all and hindsight is almost always 20/20.