You take the blue pill, the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.” –The Matrix
Just one of the iconic lines from the matrix trilogy and I think it’s probably how the annunciation goes down in the science fiction version of the Nativity that resides only in the deep recesses of my imagination.
The 1999 cult movie starring Keanu Reeves questions what is real and what is simulated reality. While purely a fictitious work by the Wachowskis, the movie touches on themes which challenge the current model of society and points to the problem of indoctrination and a lack of awareness amongst the populace. I wonder if the Nativity story is seen as indoctrination and unimportant to the Christmas season? Is it seen as religious rather than spiritual?
There is a new spiritual hunger in our world as people reflect on the Pandemic. Perhaps we are becoming more like the characters in the movie – questioning reality. Perhaps you have found yourself desiring to move beyond the status quo in 2020?
“Unfortunately, nobody can be told what the Matrix is.
You have to see it for yourself.”
If we take the matrix as a metaphor for our spiritual journey then it is worth considering:
What are the red and blue pills for you? (what holds you back from exploring spirituality, what draws you towards it)
What is the hidden reality you have become aware of this year?
Which character from the trilogy do you most associate with, and why?
Perhaps if you’ve been reading these Advent posts regularly, this Matrix quote might be relevant…
You didn’t come here to make the choice. You’ve already made it. You’re here to try and understand why you made it.The Oracle – Matrix Reloaded