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Zion was initially built for the purpose of saving the last of the human race following the war against the armies of Zero One. However, a Machine program named The Architect, the creator and manipulator of the Matrix, manipulated the situation so Zion served as a control for the survival of the program in two ways. Firstly, the Machines could allow any humans who did not, or could not, accept the Matrix for what it was to live in the physical world without having to recapture them (this reduced dissent within the Matrix's population and prevented an exponentially-growing rejection rate from its population from causing entire "crops" of humans to die out, reducing power output). Essentially, Zion was allowed to exist by the Machines as a giant pressure-release valve on the entire system, allowing the humans that realized the Matrix wasn't real (statistically, only a fraction of 1% of the whole human population) to be conveniently removed and isolated. Secondly, the Architect would periodically destroy Zion and its inhabitants as part of a deal coercing the One into reinserting the "Prime Program", a program code required to maintain the Matrix, allowing the Matrix to continue and Zion to be rebuilt by chosen survivors without memory of the destruction. The Machines usually timed this to occur when Zion's population grew in size to the point that it was just beginning to pose a significant threat to them, which was roughly when its population reached about 250,000.
Originally posted by Nobama
reply to post by dude69
i'll give you a serious post though, I love to ponder about this thought, I mean it could really be possible we would never know. Maybe if religion is correct, The life we live here is nothing but a simulation, and once we die we enter the true world i.e heaven? that's of course if religion is right..
Originally posted by sprocket2cog
reply to post by RainDog
Yes the idea that the world is not what it seems is an old one, one example of this is the allegory of the cave by plato. The shadows are our world, the one we assume is real, the real world is the realm where the information for the hologram is coming from infiltrating our sense of the reality.
edit on 23-4-2011 by sprocket2cog because: (no reason given)
“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality." -Martin Luther King Jr.
Then, I said, the business of us who are the founders of the State will be to compel the best minds to attain that knowledge which we have already shown to be the greatest of all-they must continue to ascend until they arrive at the good; but when they have ascended and seen enough we must not allow them to do as they do now.
What do you mean?
I mean that they remain in the upper world: but this must not be allowed; they must be made to descend again among the prisoners in the den, and partake of their labours and honours, whether they are worth having or not.