We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Groundhog Day was the closest Hollywood ever came to describing reincarnation. Wisdom comes from turning from pleasing yourself to bettering yourself and finally to voluntarily working for the good of others.
The Matrix was the closest to describing Maya or illusion. Of course, in this case, the reality was so bad that the best advice was to enjoy your dreams.
you've got the point of The Matrix wrong. The Last Psychiatrist blog talks about the problem of preferring illusions to reality,
... the phrase, "you need to unplug" came from The Matrix , and the phrase was important because it had an ironic second meaning: not "you need to stop drawing from the Matrix" but "you need to stop feeding it at the expense of your life."
The last scene of The Matrix ( never saw the sequels ) was a message from Neo to the coppertops; the Matrix already knew what he could do. The premise was that the ecology of Earth had been destroyed and that the billions in their pods had no place to go. For them. to unplug meant to die. Happy dreams is all they had.
I will stand by my interpretation of the STORY because that is what it meant to me. I might look to outside authority if it had been real but it is fiction. Art is a co-creation of artist and the observer. Maya.
in the war that the humans lost to the machines, the ecology was destroyed. the machines enslaved humans as an energy source, offering the not-quite-perfect illusion of a reality that made for a stable Matrix. Neo and friends rebelled against this, preferring freedom in actual, albeit harsh, reality to enslavement in the Matrix.
no one opts into the illusion (except the traitor).
You are talking about the handful that are unplugged. They are able to save one at a time. I am talking about that billions who are plugged. Their only option is dream or die. The fact that we do not know their names does not mean that they should die.