The Matrix: Life Imitates Art
Did you know that there is a real surveillance project administered by the US Department of Homeland Security called “Matrix”? It’s an acronym for “Multistate Anti-Terrorism Information Exchange“. I first read about it in an article in Wired News entitled “Matrix Plan Fuels Privacy Fears“.
O how cute! Or should I say, what chutzpah! I bet the producers of the movie by that name never thought that they were actually providing a masterplan and blueprint for such a system.
Nor did Orwell in writing 1984. He intended it as a warning. And I suppose most people take it that way. But there are some devious and insidious minds, incredibly, who look to it as a model for the kind of system they want to construct — a blueprint, a masterplan.
Perhaps that shouldn’t be much of a surprise after all. I’m sure you’ve all heard of the notorious “Protocols of the Elders of Zion”. It purported to be a masterplan for “Jewish world domination”. It was, allegedly, a forgery of the Okrana, the Russian Czar’s secret police, to justify a pogrom against the Jews. Hitler believed it was authentic, and such a work of evil genius, that he used it as a model and blueprint for his own plans for Teutonic world domination.
Life imitates art, and in the most peculiar fashion. As Blake put it in one of his proverbs of Hell. “What is now prov’d was once only Imagined”. Perhaps it’s because we haven’t successfully and collectively imagined a healthy alternative to the Matrix and Big Brother?
There is a book by a Henry Plotkin called The Imagined World Made Real. I haven’t read it yet, and can’t say if there’s a connection. But I have read Neal Gabler’s excellent Life The Movie: How Entertainment Conquered Reality. It’s worth the reading.
Imagination is intentionality. It’s our “dreaming” — the “imagination of the heart”. It’s a most peculiar thing, for in some mysterious fashion the world imagined is translated into physical reality, and often in some perhaps unexpected and unanticipated ways befitting the old saw: “be careful what you wish for, for you might just get it”.
There is an old name for that, though. “Magick”. And our ability to translate the imagined into the real is connected also with the so-called placebo and nocebo effects.
To a certain extent, we are all conjurers and wizards.