Saturday, November 21, 2009

Marx and The Matrix

I am one of the those who believes that the Matrix is a modern day Gita. Both are among other things, a call to action. The other day, while watching 'The Matrix' for the umpteenth time, this particular thought came to my mind, that some of the things said in 'The Matrx' are rather relevant in the context of the Left front government in West Bengal. Confused?... Perplexed???..... Let me explain......

1) Here is a dialogue from Agent Smith: 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 suffering and misery. 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.Let me make some minor modifications to this and we could very well have a Marxist leader speaking this to his cadres or even preaching his political opponents:
Did you know that at first Marxism was designed to be a perfect human world? Where none suffered, where everyone would be happy. It was a disaster. No one would accept this politics. Entire votes were lost. Some believed we lacked the political agenda to describe your perfect world. But I believe that, as a community, Bengalis define their reality through suffering and misery. The perfect world was a dream that your primitive cerebrum kept trying to wake up from. Which is why Marxism was redesigned to this: the bottom of your community.
 
2) Here's Morpheus explaining to Neo about the Matrix:
a) "The Matrix is a system, Neo. That system is our enemy. But when you're inside, you look around, what do you see? Businessmen, 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. You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inert, so hopelessly dependent on the system that they will fight to protect it."
And here we can have some Dada or even THE DIDI explaining Marxism (of the Bengal variety) to a 'Babu', the protagonist of this blogpost.
"Marxism is a system, Babu. That system is our enemy. But when you're inside, you look around, what do you see? Businessmen, 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. You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be awakened unplugged. And many of them are so inert, so hopelessly dependent on the system that they will fight to protect it."

b) Morpheus once again: "The Matrix is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth."
Dada/THE DIDI once again: " Marxism is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth."

3) Here's a profound conversation between Morpheus and Neo
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 go 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 you were born into bondage. Into a prison that you cannot taste or see or touch. A prison for your mind.

Dada/THE DIDI having almost the same conversation with 'Babu'.
Dada/THE DIDI: Marxism is everywhere (in Bengal). 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 go 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.
Babu: What truth?
Dada/THE DIDI: That you are a slave, Babu. Like everyone else you were born into bondage. Into a prison that you cannot taste or see or touch. A prison for your mind.


4) And finally with the entire Gita like Gyan that Neo has assimilated over the course of his epic journey, Neo says the following para in RED. Imagine, my protagonist Babu, also armed with all the knowledge of the dangers of Marxism, comes up with the same beautiful lines, in a advertisement for Airtel/ Vodafone (:D), which also serves as a proxy election campaign. (The lines are too beautiful and hence didn't want to change it)
I know you're out there. I can feel you now. I know that you're afraid... you're afraid of us. You're afraid of change. I don't know the future. I didn't come here to tell you how this is going to end. I came here to tell you how it's going to begin. I'm going to hang up this phone, and then 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. Where we go from there is a choice I leave to you.


Hope you enjoyed this post and found it interesting or perhaps silly (:D). In case you are interested in the philosophy of 'The Matrix' - watch the movie and read this: http://onwardoverland.com/matrix/philosophy.html. To see Marxism at work, come to West Bengal.

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