Many people have seen the popular movie, which starred Keanu Reeves, about a future world in which everyone is essentially kept in suspended animation and fed totally ficticious lives through wires connected to their brains. Only a small band of rebels are free from the matrix and live to set the world free. Of course, the matrix, which is run by aliens, has its own agents who are there to make sure everyone stays where they are, that is, happily “living” in a total fantasy world. I have had many opportunities over the years to reflect on how eerily close to reality this fable actually comes.
While there aren’t aliens in our midst (as far as I know), there are many factors and factions that thrive on keeping us all in a well regulated state of existence. Television, popular music and the culture surrounding it, schools, the internet and our own government all have a vested interest in influencing our desires. When we swallow them whole we become what is best for the matrix, a consumer above all, but also another cog in the industrial machine and a docile citizen too preoccupied with the latest Hollywood gossip to worry much about what’s really going on in the world. That’s what I see everywhere I go.
I, for one, have had enough. Having spent too many years inside the grid, I want to live my true dream, not the McDream sold to me by the media. All the cars, houses and fancy electronic gadgets in the world won’t make you happy if your heart is longing for something more real. Stop and ask yourself right now, “Am I living the life I dreamed of living when I was young and untainted by the world?” If your answer is no, the next question is “Why not?” There is a way to get from where you are now to where you want to be. It involves a lot of unplugging from all the “feeds” you are currently receiving and accepting at face value. You have to listen to your heart and that requires some silence. Take some time to get away and be still. You may hear your heart speaking to you, or even better, the still, small voice of God encouraging you to be all he made you to be.