I may be a geek, but…

Morpheus: I imagine that right now you’re feeling a bit like Alice. Tumbling down the rabbit hole?
Neo: You could say that.
Morpheus: I can see it in your eyes. You have the look of a man who accepts what he sees because he’s expecting to wake up. Ironically, this is not far from the truth. Do you believe in fate, Neo?
Neo: No.
Morpheus: Why not?
Neo: ‘Cause I don’t like the idea that I’m not in control of my life.
Morpheus: I know exactly what you mean. Let me tell you why you’re here. You’re here because you know something. What you know, you can’t explain. But you feel it. You felt it your entire life. That there’s something wrong with the world. You don’t know what it is, but it’s there. Like a splinter in your mind — driving you mad. It is this feeling that has brought you to me. Do you know what I’m talking about?
Neo: The Matrix?
Morpheus: Do you want to know what it is?
(Neo nods his head.)
Morpheus: The Matrix is everywhere, it is all around us. Even now, in this very room. You can see it when you look out your window, or when you turn on your television. You can feel it when you go to work, or when go to church or when you pay your taxes. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.
Neo: What truth?
Morpheus: That you are a slave, Neo. Like everyone else, you were born into bondage, born inside a prison that you cannot smell, taste, or touch. A prison for your mind. (long pause, sighs) Unfortunately, no one can be told what the Matrix is. You have to see it for yourself. This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back.
(In his left hand, Morpheus shows a blue pill.)
Morpheus: You take the blue pill and the story ends. You wake in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. (a red pill is shown in his other hand) You take the red pill and you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes. (Long pause; Neo begins to reach for the red pill) Remember — all I am offering is the truth, nothing more.
(Neo takes the red pill and swallows it with a glass of water)

-The Matrix – written by Andy Wachowski & Larry Wachowski

 

The word geek is a slang term originally used to describe eccentric or non-mainstream people, with different connotations ranging from an expert or enthusiast to a person heavily interested in a hobby, with a general pejorative meaning of a peculiar or otherwise dislikable person, esp[ecially] one who is perceived to be overly intellectual.

Although often considered as a pejorative, the term is also used self-referentially without malice or as a source of pride.  Its meaning has evolved to connote “someone who is interested in a subject (usually intellectual or complex) for its own sake.”

 

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4 thoughts on “I may be a geek, but…

  1. Yesterday I was hitchhiking in Wyoming and got a ride from Wilson, Wyoming to Victor, Idaho with a student from China. He had just graduated from the University of Utah and was planning on going back to China in October.

    We were driving over Teton Pass, and he kept saying, “The sky is so blue!” (like he had never seen a blue sky before). He talked about the blue sky at least a few times as we drove into Idaho. He later told me that there is so much air pollution in China that the sky in Beijing is black.

    This reminds of that scene in the “The Matrix Revolutions” where Neo and Trinity are flying in that ship to the Machine City. Trinity is the pilot because Neo is blinded. The ship goes up over the black cloud cover and she sees the blue sky for the first time and says, “Beautiful!”

    I guess it is a good thing not to take the Lord’s Creation for granted.

    • What a great story to remind us to take time to appreciate His beautiful creation. Seeing through the eyes of another is such a gift! Thank you for sharing your experience Tim 😀

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