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\u201cThe Matrix is everywhere. It\u2019s all around us, . . . It is the world that has
been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth. . . Like everyone else, you
were born into bondage, kept inside a prison that you cannot smell, taste, or touch.
A prison for your mind.\u201d \u201cWhat is the Matrix? Control. The Matrix is a computer-
Violence, ultimately, is about power and control. It is the last resort when negotiation,
manipulation and other means fail to keep things \u201cunder control.\u201d It is a tool by which the
powerful control the weak. It is a tool by which the weak manipulate the powerful. But violence
Flannery-Dailey and Rachel Wagner (leading a group discussion at the Annual Meeting of the
American Academy of Religion in Atlanta, November, 2003), the producers (the Wachowski
brothers) have studied Kant, Nietzsche and Schliermacher. The movies allude to concepts in
Christianity, Buddhism and Hinduism. Ford characterizes The Matrix as a \u201cmythological
narrative.\u201d See James L. Ford, \u201cBuddhism, Christianity, and The Matrix: The Dialectic of Myth-
Making in Contemporary Cinema,\u201d The Journal of Religion and Film 4 (2, October, 2000), 2
(online journal posted atunomaha.edu).
While the Wachowski brothers claim the trilogy includes a critique of media violence, the
message is largely lost in the violent medium that conveys it. Cf. Frances Flannery-Dailey and
Rachel L. Wagner, \u201cStopping Bullets: Constructions of Bliss and Problems of Violence,\u201d in
Projecting into the future, machines had come to the place where their intelligence was
superior to that of humans and constantly on the increase. They were self-replicating and self-
sustaining, fueled by the power of the sun\u2019s rays. In a desperate attempt to avoid being subjugated
by their own creation, the humans blotted out the sun\u2019s rays to deprive the machines of their
power source. The machines nevertheless won the battle and succeeded in enslaving the human
The humans were placed in liquid vats, connected to the machine network by cables. Their
bodily processes were farmed to provide energy for the machines. In essence, humans had become
batteries replacing solar power on a darkened planet. To keep the humans from rebelling against
this arrangement, the machines created a computer-generated simulation that gave the human
batteries the illusion of meaningful life, a \u201cvirtual community.\u201d In the \u201cMatrix,\u201d as the program
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