NEO: This isn’t real?
MORPHEUS: What is real? How do you define real? If you’re talking about your senses, what you feel, taste, smell, or see, then all you’re talking about are electrical signals interpreted by your brain.
. . .
NEO: I thought it wasn’t real.
MORPHEUS: Your mind makes it real.
NEO: If you’re killed in the Matrix, do you die here?
MORPHEUS: The body cannot live without the mind.
If you’re killed here, on the planet earth, in the form you presently occupy – that is, in the virtual reality of The Matrix – do you die in the real world (wherever that may be)?
Morpheus demurs to the question.
Jesus, and sages from every other religion I’m aware of, would answer: “No. Morpheus is correct: ‘the body cannot live without the mind.’ But the mind cannot live without the soul, even though our minds – motivated by fear – believe just the opposite.”
And his unequivocal answer would not be contingent upon our particular religious opinions. Eternity is our birthright as human beings. Believe it or not.
Get rid of your cell phones. All of them.
“My God, how could we live?” you say?
You call this insane culture we’re caught up in “living”?
Get rid of all your cell phones and rediscover conversation.
Get rid of your phones and tell someone something about yourself, something that discloses something about who you are that you wouldn’t normally disclose. (And I don’t mean your favorite color. Perhaps you could admit to someone that you sometimes pick your nose when no one’s looking. Whatever. You know what I mean.)
Get rid of your phones and look up at the sky.
Best yet, get rid of your phones and look deeply into the eyes of someone you’ve “known for years” and see if you can find any signs of life. You may be surprised at what you see and the reaction you get from them.
Or, keep the phones and stay “competitive” and “in touch”; continue to pay for a service that is contributing to your neglect of the most important relationships in your life. But don’t forget that tonight you may die. And what will you leave other than photos, emails and text messages?