“The Matrix is a system….that system is our enemy….”
Just read this thread on The Spearhead and Novaseeker (damn shame this extremely smart gentleman no longer blogs) made a post, which really had my head spinning. While his whole post is definitely worth a read, matter of fact, anything he posts is worth a read this one segment caught my attention;
"You also cannot overestimate the degree to which feminist programming has penetrated the minds of virtually all women — virtually all women, that’s right. Not all, but virtually all. Virtually all women — including Christian women, including Catholic women, including so-called “traditional, conservative Christian/Catholic women” and so on. Not *all* women, mind you — there are needles in haystacks out there that are much more common than unicorns, but still quite uncommon and downright rare in major urban centers or above a certain educational level."
One thing popped into my mind as I read this passage.
When Morpheus asks Neo if he was paying attention or looking at the woman in the red dress, we all know what happened next. Neo looks back and it turns out that the woman in the red dress is very apt at cross-dressing and the handling of small firearms, what a handy skill to learn in university wouldn't you agree?
Gotta love those Women’s Studies Courses, much more deadly than home economics.
“You have to understand…most of these people are not ready to be unplugged.”
At any rate, what was it that Morpheus stated? That these ‘Agents’ can move back and forth through any ‘software’ still hooked up to the matrix, so they are anyone…and no one. This is the issue than men face today. I’m a married man, I love my wife and yes, I’m glad that I got married, however, knowing the myriad of risks than men have to expose themselves to today, how can I encourage a man to marry? While things are decent for me, will they be decent for anyone I persuade to walk down the aisle? So alright, my wife may not turn on me wearing a black suit, dark sunglasses and moves which would make Jet Li envious, but what about my co-workers and friends?
“…and many of them are so hopelessly dependent on the system, they will fight to protect it.”
The honest answer is that a man risks far too much during marriage in this day and age and the truth is…we can’t identify with any sort of ‘safe’ accuracy who is ‘harmless’ and who is not. Which woman is still hooked up to the matrix and who isn’t? Who could turn into an agent and put a bullet between your eyes and who won’t. The issue; it isn’t just your initial dating process which will save your hide, but that is very important too. No, it’s the whole system, the matrix if you will, which will support a woman’s meandering ways whatever they may be which is the real issue and therefore the real hazard a man has to consider when taking such a dangerous gamble.
“Inside the matrix…they are everyone…and they are no one…”
Can this woman withstand all the ‘whispers’ that she will be fed from friends and the media? Will she be able to withstand all the indoctrination about how she should follow her heart’s desire, no matter the cost? Will she be able to see through the propaganda about how marriage should never be actual work, to understand that it is very much a labor of love? Marriages ebb and flow over time, it isn’t an eternal date, but the media very much states that it should be, can she comprehend this very true fact and not succumb to romantic fallacy?
Even if she is a solid woman and time rolls on in perfect fashion, you simply cannot control the friends, which flit in and out of your beloved’s life. I had read a very sad story about a man who was living a very solid life with his wife until she met a new group of friends who very much believed in Eat Pray Love, even though the movie hadn’t been released yet. He had stated on a forum that most of this new group of friends had either left their hubbies for a new love or where currently cheating at the moment.
You simply cannot control that, no matter how much men may think then can.
The sword of Damocles is very much hanging over the head of any and every man who decides to get married and one day, there is the very real possibility that they could wake up and have this pleasant image looking back at them one innocuous day.
No my friends, while I am very much pro-marriage and pleased with the results it has brought into my own life, the risks are very high for any man willing to take the plunge. I simply cannot endorse marriage in its current form to any unhitched man in this day and age. The sentence they may have to suffer could be devastating and very long lasting over the course of their lives. We simply cannot know who is hooked up to the matrix and who is not and the reality is that most women simply are, and they like it this way. In all honesty, they have no reason to change; the benefits to them are simply too great no matter how much it disenfranchises men. The best anyone can honestly say is to proceed with caution, what was it that Morpheus said about agents?
“They are the gatekeepers, they are guarding all the doors and they are holding all the keys which means that sooner or later, someone is going to have to fight them.”
Too bad we don’t know who they are until it’s too late.
Wow, so many applicable Matrix analogies, what can I say?