The Matrix - A Cyberpunk Parable?B. THE PARABLE 4. TRAPS: Contamination, Conspiracy, and Consequences 4a. A Parable of a Parable?
The Matrix can also be a parable of a parable!
There are three 'traps' that defeat people:
1. Never coming out of the Matrix, being 'oblivious' to truth, rejecting the truth ("the mind has trouble letting go")
2. Becoming tired of the trials that come with freedom (Cypher is tired)
3. Becoming wrapped up in the temptations the Matrix offers (Mouse is focused on the lady in red)
But a fourth type of person is the successful, faithful person:
4. A person who avoids the traps, perseveres in the war, and frees others.
There is a parable in Matthew chapter 13 that has the same four types! A sower scatters seed on the ground. There are four things that happen to the seed:
1. The seed falls beside the road and the birds take it away. Jesus explains that this is someone who hears the truth and will not receive it, so the birds (the "evil one" vs. 19) come take it away. These are like the people still 'inert' and 'dependent on' the Matrix, who are kept 'oblivious' by the evil Agents.
2. The seed falls on hard, rocky ground. The seed takes a shallow root, but when the heat comes, it dies away. Jesus explains that this is someone who receives the truth with joy at first (like Cypher, who used to love Trinity), but falls away when "affliction or persecution arises", such as Cypher saying, "I'm tired, Trinity. Tired of this war."
3. Thorns choke the seed. Jesus explains that the thorns are worries and deceitful riches of the world. Mouse is distracted by his 'lady in red', and it possibly costs him his life.
4. The seed takes root, and through perseverance is victorious. Neo, Morpheus, Tank, and Trinity all endure pain but are victorious in the end.
We have already studied condition #1 when Morpheus describes the people still in the Matrix. But now let's look in detail at conditions #2 and #3 - the traps that killed Mouse and Cypher.
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(Mouse represents the 'seed' that was lost to temptations; see part 4a)