Morpheus and Neo Talk American Democracy

Morpheus: This is our country, everyone treated the same regardless of the color of their skin, gender, ethnic make-up, or religious belief. Individuals are judged purely on the content of their character. Everyone has health care and parents send their children to school unafraid they may be the victim of a mass shooting. There is no social or racial injustice.  People walk down the street unafraid that they may be wrongfully targeted simply because of the color of their skin.  Everyone is afforded the same opportunities regardless of their social, ethnic or economic background.  It seems too perfect doesn’t it Neo? You know something is not right don’t you Neo? You can feel it

Neo: We’re living an illusion?

Morpheus: Yes! Think about it, is it so hard to believe? Our democracy was designed to be one where the power comes from the people not a ruler or group of powerful individuals who would do whatever they want. It was founded on the belief that these truths are self evident all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.  Yet it feels like that is all an illusion doesn’t it.

Neo: Are you saying democracy isn’t real?

Morpheus: What is real. How do you define real? If you’re talking about the people being the source of power or that all men are created equal, then real is simply a bunch of words written on a piece of paper. That America only exists in a series of oft cited but rarely enacted words. A constitution to be held up to the rest of the world as a symbol of the moral high ground we supposedly occupy. You’ve been living in a dream world, Neo.

This is the country as it really exists today. Racism and bigotry are still alive and well, the pursuit of happiness for many impeded by economic and social injustice roadblocks. The very few controlling the narrative and dictating policy to maintain power and enrich their own bank accounts. Millions of citizens living in poverty and millions more without health insurance. Children forced to go to bed hungry, funding for education constantly under siege…. Welcome to the Desert of the Real Neo. Having seen all of this I have come to realize the obviousness of the truth. What is democracy today? Control. Democracy is an illusion propagated by those in power to keep the masses under control.

Neo: No. I don’t believe it. It’s not possible.

Morpheus: I didn’t say it would be easy, Neo. I just said it would be the truth.

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