Morpheus: This is our country Neo, everyone treated the same regardless of the color of their skin, gender, ethnic make-up, or religious belief. Individuals judged purely on the content of their character. Everyone has health care and parents send their children to school unafraid they may become infected with the coronavirus or the victim of a mass shooting. Political leaders tell the truth and put the well-being of the citizens ahead of their own personal agendas, Corruption at the highest levels of government is unheard of. 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?
Neo: But why?
Morpheus: Is it so hard really 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 all that has always been an illusion hasn’t it.
Neo: Are you saying our democracy has never been 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. That America doesn’t exist, you’ve been living in a dream world, Neo.
This is the country as it really exists today. Corruption at government’s highest levels. Blatant disregard for the constitution. The well-being and health of Americans sacrificed for political gain. Racism and bigotry is alive and well and used by leaders to divide and conquer. The pursuit of happiness for many impeded by economic and social injustice roadblocks. The few controlling the narrative and dictating policy so they can maintain their power and enrich their 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. Control. Democracy today is simply control, an illusion propagated by those in power to control the masses.
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.