NOTE: I WROTE THIS MYSELF (no copy paste)
The Matrix is Good. And we’re not just talking about the movie. We are talking about the Matrix, the programmed simulation that almost the entire human race is forced to live inside.
In the 1999 movie The Matrix we find out that it is the future and machines have enslaved almost the entire race into living in a simulation of and using them as a power source. Outside the Matrix, there is a group of people called The Resistance, with their life goal being finding “The One” and putting an end to The Matrix.
There's a natural, simple thought that The Matrix encourages. This is that there's something bad about being inside the Matrix. We here think that this is what the movie got wrong! And that the Matrix is actually the best thing to ever happen to the human race!
But before we explain why, let’s talk about why some people and the movie claim that living inside the Matrix is bad. Everyone living inside the Matrix is being deceived about the real world, and The Resistance say that they need to realise that they are living a lie.
But why is the Matrix not good? Actually, people living in the matrix are much better off than people in the real world. In the real world, everyone lives underground and eats mush for every meal of the day. But in the Matrix, everyone lives at the peak of human civilization. It’s a pretty easy choice!!!!!
Sure, the Matrix still has lots of problems. For example there are still hundreds of thousands of people suffering from poverty and hunger. There are still bad people. But not everyone’s life is working a desk job and hacking the pentagon like Neo.
But why? Why is the Matrix Not Good? Would people rather live in a polluted dystopian world run by machines where you have to eat mush for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Would people rather live in a world suffering from global warming and terrible diseases? Would people rather live in a world where there isn’t even sunlight? Of course not! The machines are doing a good thing for humans, even though they don’t know it. It is like a prison for humanity, but the only downside is how people feel about it. An argument for why the matrix is bad is that people should know the truth. But in the world in this film, not knowing about the badness of reality is probably for the better (like RAC).
The Matrix is good, and here’s how to prove it: What would happen if Neo was victorious? What would happen if the Matrix was destroyed, and all the world’s humans woke into reality? Well, there’s only one city and we’re guessing there’s not a lot of food slop to go round for billions of people. So, most of the people would just die. And that’s not counting the fact that there are huge armies of robots wandering around, ready to pretty much kill everyone (important fact). So, almost all of the Matrix-humans would end up dead pretty quickly.
Without the Matrix, life would be alright in the future, but we would also have to adapt to global warming and that sort of stuff. In the Matrix, humans don’t need to worry about the big stuff, so we can be much more productive. And since the Matrix runs on human-power, it’s environmentally friendly! So basically, the Matrix is better than the real world. I think.
In the movie The Truman Show, there is a similar occurrence occuring. Truman Burbank believes to be living in a normal world until he realises that his life is Plato’s Cave analogy or whatever. He finds out that he is living in a scripted world, this is not good. It's different from The Matrix because the only person being deceived is Truman, the sole victim and his life would be much better outside of his small fake world. For example, there is no Fiji in his Dome, while there is in the real world.
On the other hand, there's no Fiji in the real world, but there is in the Matrix.
In the book Ready Player 1 there is another similar occurrence occurring. The world is basically destroyed, the majority of the world is suffering from poverty, the world is completely polluted and wrecked and most of humanity spends the majority of their time living inside a simulation called the Matrix whoops I mean the Oasis. The Oasis started as a video game until humans turned into their second life. In the Matrix, most of humanity is “forced” to live inside a simulation, and they don’t even know it exists, while in Ready Player 1 most of humanity sees the Oasis as an escape from their broken world.
Anyway, in the second book Wade Watts is the owner of Greg’s Games or whatever and he finds and releases a new technology called the ONI tech, which causes the user to smell, hear, and listen to their surroundings in the Oasis, like they are really inside it. This creates a worldwide addiction to humanity as they escape their degrading world to experience perfect utopias inside a simulation. By the way, the ONI tech is a machine that plugs into your head to send sensory signals straight into your head to make you feel, smell and hear inside the Oasis, which is very similar to plugging your head into the Matrix. One of the characters in the book who opposes the idea of using ONI even says something along the lines of “You should never plug your brain into a machine! Haven’t you seen The Matrix or SAO?”
Considering the state of the real world in The Matrix, we think it’s safe to say that Cypher had the right idea. Living inside the Matrix is better than living in the crap real world, and even though humanity didn’t have a choice, we think the robots unknowingly gave them the best thing they could hope for. This holds true in the Ready Player book series, where humanity chooses to escape their horrible reality and basically live inside a video game, and they end up thinking the sole reason for even sleeping and eating in the real world is to wake up and put on the OASIS Headgear. So there’s only one thing left to ask, what do you think? Would you rather live with your friends and family inside a norBecause in the end, it’s your choice. (or not if the robots have you trapped and there's no Neo).