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Gnosticism and Buddhism in the Matrix

I actually had intention of writing about spirituality and religious iconography in the matrix, but someone else has done a much more thorough job.

bq. “Although as a “modern myth”4 the film purposefully draws on numerous traditions,5 we propose that an examination of Gnostic Christianity and Buddhism well illuminates the overarching paradigm of The Matrix, namely, the problem of sleeping in ignorance in a dreamworld, solved by waking to knowledge or enlightenment. By drawing syncretistically on these two ancient traditions and fusing them with a technological vision of the future, the film constructs a new teaching that challenges its audience to question “reality.”

“Full Article”:http://whatisthematrix.warnerbros.com/rl_cmp/new_phil_wakeup.html

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