I love the matrix films, they're a class above the rest. I was searching around on the dark web and was reading an article I found
on the hiddenwiki site, here's a persons thought about what the Matrix is, quite a good read.
WHAT IS THE MATRIX?
In my opinion, The Matrix films provide the best metaphor our society has for understanding why organized evil and oppression are allowed to exist,
and so I will use it for this purpose. While my interpretation isn't the only possible one, I believe it to be valid, comprehensive, and most
importantly, illustrative of the message I am trying to convey.
So let's begin by discussing what the Matrix is not. The Matrix is not the physical world. As far as I'm concerned, the physical world is actually
real and is in fact governed ceaselessly by the laws of physics. Conversely, the Matrix is also not the Internet, despite what many seem to believe.
The Matrix spans and transcends both these worlds. It has existed since the dawn of civilization, and it will continue to exist until its collapse.
So then, what is it? Well, that's complicated. Much like in the movie, it's nearly impossible to convey the size and scope of the Matrix to someone
who doesn't already see it for what it is. However, unlike the movie, I believe it is an ethical imperative to try to convey it in a literal sense,
even to those who are so dependent upon the Matrix that they would fight to protect it. At worst, they won't understand or believe and will continue
on about their business. In a sense, I believe Cypher was right to resent Morpheus for what he did, because Morpheus engaged in flat out trickery and
deception to free people.
But I digress. The Matrix is the social structure that subordinates Humanity to its will. It is the machinery of society that exists solely to
perpetuate itself, its influence, and its power independent of any human need. It insulates us from each other and ourselves through deception, and
essentially transforms us into servile engines of economic and political output (power). The machines that live off this power are institutions: large
corporations, governments, schools, religious institutions, and even non-profit orgs. Every institution will reach a point in its existence where its
primary function becomes self-preservation and perpetuation, instead of serving human need. At this point it becomes a machine of the Matrix. For
example, when they become machines, governments cease to serve people and instead seek to extend their power over them; corporations prioritize
increasing shareholder value over producing quality products or otherwise serving the public good; schools view students as a means and not an end;
religious organizations equate membership with salvation (and actively oppose other teachings and even independent practice); and non-profits and
charities spend more budget on fund raising activity than on their original focus. Inevitably all large institutions eventually become machines. They
become too big for Humanity.
In addition to the independent self-perpetuating machines that write most of our paychecks, the Matrix has several major cooperative and more actively
sinister groups of machines subsisting off of its power and directly contributing to the structure of the Matrix itself. These groups are the Military
Industrial Complex, the Political Industrial Complex, the Prison Industrial Complex, the Surveillance Industrial Complex, the Media Industrial
Complex, the Academic Industrial Complex, the Agricultural Industrial Complex, the Medical Industrial Complex and the major religious organizations
(not to be confused with actual religions, many religious organizations have abandoned the underlying principles of the religions they claim to
represent). All machines in these groups either actively oppress humanity, or enable the oppression to persist. It is through their combined efforts
that the Matrix takes on some of its more distasteful qualities.