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.

6 responses to “The Matrix: Life Imitates Art”

  1. Scott Preston says :

    PS: It’s off to the surgery for me tomorrow, so I will be incommunicado for a couple of days (hopefully no longer). It’s quite a lot of fun to be back blogging (or blurting, if that’s how you want to look at it). But frankly, after all these surgeries I’m beginning to feel a little like a slab of meat on a cutting board. I expect that one of these times they’ll get it right.

  2. LittleBigMan says :

    I find one character from the movie “The Matrix” a brilliant personification of what is going on in our world, today: “Agent Smith.”

    These same folks who have created the Hollywood industry and helped it rise to its heights are the masters of it. From Mordecai and Esther on forward to Salman the Persian. It’s really Iliad’s old Trojan Horse scenario played over and over and over again and again and again, and dramatized in Agent Smith’s ultimate achievement in developing the ability to penetrate under one’s skin and attempt to do damage and affect decisions in hidden form.

    There are literally countless unnoticed and below the radar examples of this Agent Smith type intrusion into various cultures with the purpose of manipulating and stealing all the way up to better known masks like Shiite Islam and even the Bahaii. Masks of cunning! Nothing to do with morality, ethics, jihad against self, and the surrender to the infinite and eternity of ALL THAT IS.

    None of this gamesmanship and masquerading as something else would really bother me at all if it were not for so much innocent blood spilled. And when you cry out about this to crowds, you always hear people blaming the mask than the singular and determined poisoned spirit that’s underneath the mask. The mask has no validity to begin with. It is simply dead mentality upheld by the use or threat of using deadly force and ignorance of sheepish misinformed crowds. I’m sorry to even call them sheepish, because I really love the sheep. They are divine beings. These people under the mask are less than any animal. Blaming the mask won’t ever eradicate the problem any more than beating a dead horse would do to revive it.

    No wonder why both don Juan Matus and Seth discussed “acting” and “spooks” as reference to the nature of reality. It seems to me it is the very essence of it. It is the reality of life imitating art. The art of living so to speak. Suffering to those who take it too seriously.

    The summary of the Multi-Stage Anti-Terrorism Information Exchange” report purports to the development of “Limited investigative” information to be the purpose of the program. That’s nonsense, because the main goal of the program seems to be to put a detective in every home. This isn’t about “limited investigative” approach at all. In fact, it’s about the opposite. It’s about unlimited snooping.

  3. LittleBigMan says :

    I hope you have some time to watch this hilarious interview of John Oliver with Ed Snowden regarding government surveillance:

    • Scott Preston says :

      Thanks for all the comments while I’ve been in hospital, which was an ordeal by the way. The “day surgery” turned into a week long detention — unanticipated. There were complications. I just returned home today. I won’t know if the surgery was successful for another couple of weeks.

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