There are plenty of science fiction movies that try to open our eyes to concepts that are generally hard to imagine. They are “visionary by nature”, and we like this trait. We also like the fact that, in general, sci-fi stories are full of deep messages.
There is a topic that is particularly recurrent: the theme of humans inventing some type of high-tech device to improve their standard of living, which in the end goes out of control, and reverts from a gain to a threat. Just to mention a few of the most famous movies pertaining to this category, we can list: Terminator, The Matrix, Ex Machina and I Robot.
We have already touched a related topic in the article The Bias on the Role of Technology. However, here we look at it from a different angle. We will use The Matrix, because it’s surely a master piece and still very current in terms of its ideas, despite the fact that the first film of the trilogy was released over twenty years ago. We love it because it is an intensely philosophical film enfolded inside a greatly entertaining sci-fi action movie.
The Matrix portrays humanity as being enslaved inside a hellish virtual reality. We won’t linger too much on its plot: the internet is packed with reviews, articles and the like. Here we want to focus on the “hidden messages” we can grasp from this film, in particular through the quotes of wisdom from Morpheus who is Neo’s spiritual leader and guide.
The most telling one for us is Morpheus’ brief explanation of what The Matrix is:
The Matrix is a system, Neo. That system is our enemy. But when you’re inside, you look around, what do you see? Businessmen, teachers, lawyers, carpenters. The very minds of the people we are trying to save. But until we do, these people are still a part of that system and that makes them our enemy. You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inert, so hopelessly dependent on the system that they will fight to protect it.
We strongly believe that the film directors, Lana and Lilly Wachowski, squeezed in over 90% of the message they wanted to convey to the viewers inside this quote. Those who decide to put their time and energies on Project Humanity 7.0 see our current reality exactly as Morpheus described. However, the focus is on the economic and social system that we are currently immersed in globally, rather than of a computer based program built to let humans live in a VR world.
The people who understand and agree with Project Humanity 7.0 principles and ideas, feel like Morpheus or Neo in the film: a minority struggling to spread the knowledge on what the true reality is, and working on schemes to change the current system into a better one. However, Morpheus and Neo embody two distinct and interdependent roles. The former is fully aware of the factual reality, but he has not the power and the strength to change it by himself. Neo senses there is something off in his surroundings and this makes him willing to investigate, but he is lost, unable to fully grasp the whole picture. He has the energy to drive change, but he is not able to focus his force in the right direction until he understands what needs to be done. He needs Morpheus to help guide him on the path to rescue humanity from its slavery, and Morpheus needs Neo to transform his knowledge and ideas into reality.
Project Humanity 7.0 aspires to become a sort of Morpheus. If you are reading our articles, blogs, etc., you may be the right person to play the role of Neo. Obviously unlike the film, in the context of Project Humanity 7.0 and reality in general, the role of Neo cannot be played by just one super person only. We will need a mass of individuals to express Neo’s role, to change the current world into a better one, and we hope you will become a part of this group.
We would like to finish this whole-hearted “wake up call” with a few inspiring quotes from Morpheus:
The Matrix is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.
The Matrix is a (…) dream world, built to keep us under control in order to change a human being into this. [holding a cell battery]
I’m trying to free your mind, Neo. But I can only show you the door. You’re the one that has to walk through it.
The final quote is particularly indicative for us, as it describes very frankly how each of us can play an important role to help resolve the problems of the current world!