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"Have you ever stood and stared at it, marveled at its beauty, its genius? Billions of people just living out their lives, oblivious. Did you know that the first Matrix was designed to be a perfect human world, where none suffered, where everyone would be happy? It was a disaster. No one would accept the program, entire crops were lost. Some believed we lacked the programming language to describe your perfect world, but I believe that, as a species, human beings define their reality through misery and suffering. The perfect world was a dream that your primitive cerebrum kept trying to wake up from. Which is why the Matrix was redesigned to this, the peak of your civilization. I say your civilization, because as soon as we started thinking for you it really became our civilization, which is of course what this is all about. Evolution, Morpheus, evolution. Like the dinosaur. Look out that window. You've had your time. The future is our world, Morpheus. The future is our time." — Agent Smith.
We're programmed that way to keep us afraid. Fear breeds more fear which keeps us controlled.
Originally posted by Turkenstein
reply to post by WWu777
I think if you go just a little deeper the natural inclination is "selfishness" which leads to an attraction to the negative. When you perceive something in a negative light you are exercising selfishness because you truly feel you are good enough (better) to judge.