Sunday, 14 November 2010

The Matrix - Postmodernism Quotes... 'The Truth', Reality, Dream worlds and Hyperreality...

Computer: "Wake up, Neo."

Neo: “You ever had that feeling where you’re not sure if you’re awake or still dreaming.”

Neo’s Boss: “Do you have a problem with authority Mr. Anderson?
You believe that you are special, that somehow the rules do not apply to you. Obviously you are mistaken… This company is one of the top software companies in the world because every single employee understands that they are part of a whole. Thus if an employee has a problem, the company has a problem… The time has come to make a choice, either you choose to be at your desk on time, or you chose to find yourself another job.”

Agent: “What good is a phone call, if you are unable to speak?”

Morpheus: “Do you believe in fate Neo?”
Neo: “No.”
Morpheus: “Why not?”
Neo: “Because I don’t like the idea that I’m not in control of my life.”

Morpheus: “The Matrix is everywhere, it is all around us. Even now in this very room. You can see it when you look out your window, or when you turn on your television. You can feel it when you got to work; when you go to church; when you pay your taxes. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.”
Neo: “What truth?”
Morpheus: “That you are a slave Neo, like everyone else your were born into bondage; born into a prison that you cannot smell or taste or touch, a prison for your mind.”

Morpheus: “Remember, all I’m offering is the truth and nothing more.”

Cypher: “Buckle your seat belt Dorothy, because Kansas is going bye, bye.”
(Alice in Wonderland references are also used.)

Morpheus: “Have ever had a dream that you was so sure was real; what if you were unable to wake from that dream. How would you know the difference between the dream world and the real world?”

Neo: “Why do my eyes hurt?”
Morpheus: “Because you’ve never used them before.”

Morpheus: “Rest Neo, the answers are coming.”

Neo: “Right now we’re inside a computer program?”
Morpheus: “Is it really so hard to believe?
Your clothes are different, the plugs in your arms and head are gone, your hair has changed. Your appearance now is what we call residual self image; it is the mental projection of your digital self.”

Neo: “This isn’t real?”
Morpheus: “What is real? How do you define real?
If you’re talking about what you can feel, what you can smell, what you can taste, and see; then real is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain.”

Morpheus: “This is the world that you know; the world as it was at the end of the 20th century. It exists now only as a neural interactive simulation, that we call the Matrix. You’ve been living in a dream world Neo.”

Morpheus: “Welcome to the desert of the real

Morpheus: “…At some point, in the early 21st century, all of mankind was united in celebration. We marvelled at our own magnificence as we gave birth to artificial intelligence.”

Morpheus: “… human beings are no longer born, we are grown.”

Morpheus: “What is the Matrix?
Control. The Matrix is a computer generated dream world, built to keep us under control in order to change a human being into this [a battery].”

Morpheus: “I didn’t say it would be easy Neo, I just said it would be the truth.”

Morpheus: “I feel I owe you an apology. We have rule, we never free a mind once it’s reached a certain age. It’s dangerous; the mind has trouble letting go.”

Morpheus: “When the Matrix was first built, there was a man born inside, who had the ability to change whatever he wanted; to remake the Matrix as he saw fit. It was he who freed the first of us; taught us the truth. As long as the Matrix exists, the human race will never be free.”

Morpheus: “I’m trying to free your mind Neo, but I can only show you the door; you’re the one who has to walk through it.”

Neo: “I thought it wasn’t real?”
Morpheus: “Your mind makes it real.”

Morpheus: “The Matrix is a system Neo, that system is our enemy. When you’re inside you look around and what do you see?
Business men, 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… Many of them are… so hopelessly dependent on the system, that they will fight to protect it… If you are not one of us, you are one of them.”

Morpheus: “I’ve seen an agent punched through a concrete wall; men have emptied entire clips at them and hit nothing but air. Yet their strength and their speed is based in a world that is based on rules…”

Cypher: “I know this steak doesn’t exist; I know that when I put it in my mouth, the Matrix is telling my brain that it is juicy and delicious. After nine years, do you know what I realised?
Ignorance is bliss.”

Mouse: “If you close your eyes it almost feels like you’re eating runny eggs… Do you know what it really reminds me of?
Tasty Wheat. Did you ever eat Tasty Wheat?”
Switch: “No. But technically neither did you.”
Mouse: “That’s exactly my point… because you have to wonder, how do the machines really know what Tasty Wheat tasted like?
Maybe they got it wrong. Maybe what I think Tasty Wheat tasted like, was oatmeal or tuna fish. That makes you wonder about a lot of things. You take chicken for example, maybe they couldn’t figure out what to make chicken taste like, which is why chicken tastes like everything.”

Kid: “Do not try and bend the spoon, that’s impossible. Instead, only try to realise the truth.”
Neo: “What truth?”
Kid: “There is no spoon… then you’ll see that it is not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself.”

Cypher: “If you’d have told us the truth, we would have told you to shove that red pill up your arse.”
Trinity: “That is not true Cypher, he set us free.”
Cypher: “You call this free. All I do is what he tells me to do. If I have to choose between that and the Matrix; then I choose the Matrix.”
Trinity: “The Matrix isn’t real.”
Cypher: “I disagree Trinity. I think the Matrix can be more real than this world… Welcome to the real world.”

Agent: “… Some believe that 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. So 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 civilisation. I say ‘your civilisation’ because as soon as we started thinking for you, it really became our civilisation.”

Agent: “Human beings are a plague. You are a disease and we are the cure.”

Neo: “… I’m going to show these people what you don’t want them to see. I’m going to show them a world without you. A world without rules and controls, without borders or boundaries. A world where anything is possible…”

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