The Matrix And Plato's Allegory Of The Cave And The Matrix

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After reading many books from some of greatest philosophers such as Descartes, Plato, Chuang Tzu, Thich Nhat Hanh, Wachowski Brothers the director of the Matrix and so forth, my mind is wondering with one big question that has been always rotating above my head during my philosophy and film class. That one big question is to define real, how do we define real? Is it merely real that we want to know about? How about the meaning of a true real? How do we know that we are really being in this world, sitting and reading my essay? Is this universe real? Is ‘our body’ really real? Those questions, in my opinion, can be effectively answered through the film Matrix and Plato’s Allegory of the Cave; even though, I find the allegory is more straight …show more content…
Why is the acceptance of truth so important for us? Because accepting the truth means we are ready to know or obtain deeper knowledge of truth that leads us into a reality. Hence, we will be ready to face a reality, even though, we do not know how a true reality will look like or whether a true reality will always bring a good impact to us. For example, we all have a clear idea in our mind that all human beings are mortal. All of us will die someday. However, sometimes we deny the truth and do not accept the reality because we are still in our great grievances of losing someone. We are not ready to face a true reality yet, until we realize we need to abstract our senses in order to gain knowledge of a true reality. In the film, Neo lives in a world which is controlled by the Matrix while Plato’s prisoner lives in a cave, controlled by the puppeteers. They both have successfully managed to escape from their own view of reality as they know it and search for the reality as it really is. After that, Neo completely realizes the Matrix controls humans’ lives and enslaves them. He chooses to seek for the true reality because he knows he lives for …show more content…
Then, I came up with some ideas by comparing both stories in order to achieve a true reality. First is to escape from our own view of reality. Secondly, we must accept the truth of a reality and face the reality wisely. At last, we have to be open for new changes and learn from everything that comes across in our lives. In the end all of these stories brings into the question of the world we know. Do we really know the world we live in or is it a false reality. How do we know that the smell is from a fresh apple pie or is it something inputted for us? I will and have to believe that the reality that I perceive is true. I hold to my beliefs although I may sometime not be able to put them into reason other than I know that I

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