What Can We Learn From The Movie “The Matrix”

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By Pankaj Solanki

One of the most shocking movie that I’ve seen is the movie “The Matrix (1999)”. It completely changed my world view. There is no wonder that it is 18th top rated movie on IMDB and has won 4 Oscars. If you have not watched this movie yet, I will urge you to watch it right now. Leave everything else! Here, I’m going to share some of lessons & inspirations I’ve got from this movie. I will be quoting some wise quotes from it. Let’s start:

Mouse: To deny our own impulses is to deny the very thing that makes us human. Being human means we have flaws and we do mistakes. We have feelings and emotional needs. I have been running from greed, anger, desire, money and other things. I think I was doing it wrong. This is human nature, to desire for better things. I can’t run from it. So, I just accepted it. There is no harm in earning a lot of money. There is no harm in talking with strangers. If you feel right doing it, do it. And don’t judge others. They are doing the things they are doing because they felt doing it. Under their circumstances, I might end up doing what they did.

Spoon boy: Do not try and bend the spoon. That’s impossible. Instead… only try to realize the truth.

Neo: What truth?

Spoon boy: There is no spoon.

Neo: There is no spoon?

Spoon boy: Then you’ll see, that it is not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself. It is impossible to bend the spoon, it is easier to bend yourself. Try changing the world and you will fail every time, but change yourself and you have already succeeded. It is easier to change yourself, then to try changing the world. Be humble and have an open mind about things.

Morpheus: Neo, sooner or later you’re going to realize just as I did that there’s a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.

This is the most shocker quote. I’ve always liked action stars like Jackie Chan and Tony Jaa. I would think they have natural gift when they would beat up the guys so effortlessly. And, I joined martial arts, hoping to learn it all. I knew the path, but when I started walking on the path, it was different. Disciplined hard training every day, every week is what makes Jackie Chan a success.Every student knows that he has to study to pass the exams. But, actually studying for exams is whole different story 😉 What I want to tell you is:

When things don’t work according to the plan, remember this quote. Don’t give up too early.

Morpheus: Have you ever had a dream, Neo, that you were 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?

Most of our fears, stereotypes, negative stuff and doubts come from media sources. Be it newspaper, magazine, TV, movies, horoscopes etc. It forms filters in our mind as what can be done and what can’t be. Advertisers are all behind us to make us buy certain products. But thanks to Tim Ferriss I’ve stopped consuming all these. Now, I go out and test everything myself. I’ve waked up from these dreams.

Cypher: You know, 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, you know what I realize?

[Takes a bite of steak]

Cypher: Ignorance is bliss.

Well, selective ignorance is bliss. If you don’t watch Game of Thrones, sky is not going to fall on you. Just count, millions of books, thousands of magazines, thousands of movies & TV shows. You can’t consume this all. So, focus on few important and leave the rest. If some news will be important, you will hear it anyway.

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: I know *exactly* what you mean.

This is what set Neo apart from others. He did not wait to have someone save Morpheus. He himself went out there and rescued him. The outputs we get may have two ingredients: Fate + Our Efforts The only thing we can control is our efforts. If fate is on our side, good. If not, still good. Be prepared.

Morpheus: I can only show you the door. You’re the one that has to walk through it.

No one is going to walk through the door for you. I mean if you are learning singing, no one is going to sing for you. You want to improve, you put the hard work and you improve. So, don’t wait for things to eventually turn out. Start turning them out.

Trinity: Neo… nobody has ever done this before.

Neo: That’s why it’s going to work.

Most of the time, doing impossible is easier than doing what’s possible. After running for an hour, even 3 sets of 30 push-ups seems impossible. When you actually walk the path, you might end up doing 5 sets. Who knows?

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

Many times, truth won’t be easy. Many children when they find out that Santa Clause is not real, they get really upset. Many times you make mistakes, but it is harder to admit. But truth is truth, not easy. Very wise quote.

Rhineheart: You have a problem with authority, Mr. Anderson. You believe you are special, that somehow the rules do not apply to you. Obviously, you are mistaken.

Parents tell us that we are special, advertisers tell us that we are special. There are certain products that are made for special people. When you realize that you are no special yet unique, you starts to think in a new light. Oracle knew this, so she did not say to Neo “You are the one”.

She said exactly what he needed to hear in order to realize he was the one.

Agent Smith: You’re empty.

Neo: So are you.

Don’t underestimate yourself and overestimate your competitors. When you are empty, they might be empty too.

Here is what to do next…

That’s it. BTW, what were your favorite quotes from this movie? Let us know via comments.

Anyway, my name is Pankaj Solanki. I blog at Cinema Tyrant. Check out my best movies on netflix article. You can also connect with me on Twitter.

Comments

  1. Pankaj Solanki says:

    Hey Matt,

    Thanks for posting this. I’m glad to be here.

  2. Pankaj Solanki says:

    Hey Matt,

    Thanks for posting it, I’m happy to be here 🙂

  3. Hey Matt,

    Thanks for posting that, I’m still happy to be here!

  4. Russell says:

    Cypher: You know, 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, you know what I realize?

    [Takes a bite of steak]

    Cypher: Ignorance is bliss.

    This is about the steak being dead, not living raw foods. The matrix tells you the meat is good for your health etc its all bullshit you die from eating (too much) meat

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