For those of you that have not seen the science fiction movie the Matrix you’re in for a surprise when you do.
The basic concept of the Matrix is that humans are all in an induced comma housed in our little dream capsule. A vast machine controls our thoughts and all our stimulus. The machine captures the energy we produce by interacting with this made-up world. We are, in fact, batteries. However, a small group of humans escaped their dream capsule and fought the machine.
Brillant concept, and is it really science-fiction? No, I have proof that it is real – the Matrix does exist.
When I tossed my day job in for the unknown world of the self-employed, those around me constantly reminded me of the huge risk I was taking. Giving up a well-paid career as an IT professional, working 13 hours, 7 days a week, for no regular job and no consistent wage, was regarded by most people around me as incredibly stupid.
However, I took the leap and have come through on the other side a little worse for wear, but I survived to prosper on my own terms.
When I look around and see people still in the rat race scampering off to work with the usual look of gloom, they remind me of the people still in their dream capsules.
They all run through the same process of getting up early, fighting the crowds to get to work on time, working 8 hours in a job they hate for a boss they hate, fighting the constant life-sapping boredom of their career, fighting to get home, eat, watch TV, sleep and repeat. Their minds are filled with the continuous worry of redundancy and the date of their subsequent pay rise.
Isn’t this the Matrix?
It’s hard to argue the Matrix doesn’t exist. Are we not living in an environment where everything is pre-determined, controlled, and repetitive?
That is, the machine that feeds off us called ‘society’!
Every human in the western world is fed the same basic rules:
1) Go to school and get a good education.
2) Get a good job and work hard to get a better-paying job.
3) Get married and have children.
4) Tell your children to get a good education, a good job, get married, have children…
5) Get a mortgage to buy a house. Take 30 years to pay it off.
6) Sell your house, retire, and wait for death.
We are never taught that there is another path you can take, so we sleepwalk through life in our dream capsule.
The machine needs us to follow this pattern because if we all knew about the other side, who would work in those boring jobs? Who would work for a boss they hate? Who would worry about redundancy? Who would blindly get married and have children without thinking?
Sometimes, to remind myself of life before I escaped my dream capsule, I get up early and walk down to the local train station to watch the sleepwalkers get on the train in the morning. It’s a sad sight, and when you are on the other side, it’s so plainly evident that there is a Matrix.
So will you take the red pill?
If you’re still doubting the Matrix exists, consider the popular context of what The Matrix really is and not only in popular culture i.e. “The Matrix” 1999 science-fiction movie directed by the Wachowskis.
In the movie, the Matrix is a simulated reality created by machines to subdue and control humans. But also in the context of philosophy, where the Matrix refers to the idea of an illusory world or reality, like the simulated reality in the movie. This concept has been explored by philosophers such as Descartes and Baudrillard.
In life and in business, keeping an open mind presents opportunities. Like Descartes, question everything, and take calculated risks to get ahead and achieve your goals.