The Matrix prevents us from seeing most of the pain and suffering all around us. Inside the Matrix, we can waste our time and money on worthless pursuits without being conscious of how much better those resources could be used elsewhere.
For example, visiting a casino in Las Vegas is a "Matrix" experience. Look at all those wasted resources: people blowing huge amounts of time and money on activities that have little meaning and that, in the end, aren't very satisfying. Why do people prefer to give their precious resources to a casino rather than to a worthy charity or meaningful project? They do so because they are locked in the Matrix and can't see beyond it.
It is much more satisfying, in the long run, to see behind the Matrix and understand the wheels that are turning behind the scenes. What is going on inside those slot machines? The spinning reels, in fact, are controlled by a computer, and the spinning itself is just a time-delay device. What is going on inside slot machine players? They are also controlled by a computer, although a much more complicated one.
Most people are happy seeing the surface of things. They don't want to know what's happening under the surface. The surface is the Matrixthe artificial reality. Behind it is the scaffolding, clockwork and secret passageways that really make things work.
If you are young, poor and hungry, you can probably see behind the Matrix better than others. You are dealing with life at a more basic and honest level, even if it isn't pleasant. The more resources you have, the more stuff you tend to collect around youuseless objects and activitiesand it interferes with your ability to see below the surface and directly experience the world.
To break out of the Matrix, you have to be willing to lose the stuffnot just the physical stuff but the activities and obsessions that you know darn well are useless.
What would you be doing right now if you knew you were going to die a year from today? Whatever you choose to do, those activities are probably real and worthwhile. The rest is probably Matrix material that should be discarded, even if you plan to live.
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