With delight, my wife and I realized that our daughter was now old enough to watch the Matrix Trilogy.
If you don’t know the story, here’s a short recap:
😎 Story Recap: The Matrix Trilogy tells the story of Neo, a computer hacker who discovers that the world he knows is actually an elaborate virtual reality created by sentient machines. He joins a group of rebels led by Morpheus and Trinity, who have discovered the truth about the Matrix and are fighting to free humanity from its control. In order to save humanity, Neo must battle the machines and their agents, including the ruthless Agent Smith. Ultimately, Neo must make the ultimate sacrifice to save humanity from the machines.
Yesterday night we finished the third movie, and as these things go, we discussed the deeper meaning of the movie and how it applies to our real world.
What Is Real?
Prof. Yuval Harari frequently points out that the “real world” is a web of fictional stories. Such as:
- Social classes,
- Corporations, and
- Ideological power hierarchies.
Yuval Harari believes that stories are a powerful tool for humans to make sense of their lives and the world around them.
He argues that stories provide a sense of identity, purpose, and belonging and that they can be used to shape our values and beliefs. Harari believes that stories have been essential for humanity’s success, and that they have been used to provide a narrative for our actions and a framework for our decisions.
He stresses the importance of questioning the stories we tell ourselves, and of being aware of the stories that are told to us by others.
🆗 Reality Test: Harari provides a solid test to check if something is fiction or reality. Ask: can it suffer? The answer reveals whether “it” is real or a story. For example, money cannot suffer, so it must be a story or ideology. However, a human being or an animal can suffer so they must be real, according to the suffering test.
My daughter loves this stuff.
A Story of Individualism – What ChatGPT Thinks About The Matrix
Weaponized with the most powerful invention of humankind (ChatGPT), we tried to confirm the meaning of the Matrix idea – what is the truth beyond the matrix?
Here’s ChatGPT’s deep answer (IQ 500):
🤖 ChatGPT: “The truth beyond the Matrix is the power of the individual. It’s the power to choose our own paths, to pursue our own dreams, and live life on our own terms. It’s the power to be true to ourselves, to be in control of our own destiny, and to be free from the confines of the system. It’s the freedom to be who we truly are, without fear or judgement, and to live life with purpose and joy.”
Evil robot Mr. Smith tries to copy&paste its own infectious DNA to homogenize all citizens of the Matrix. His counterpart Neo wants to give freedom and individualism to all people, so they can embrace their individual strengths and weaknesses.
Embrace Your Strengths to Set You Free
I think this is a lesson worth holding on to – embrace your strengths and quirks because they make you human. Profoundly, only your strengths can accelerate your career and bring you success.
Famous management consultant Peter Drucker says it best: You can only perform from your strengths.
Today you can decide to focus on your few strengths and passions and push them to higher highs – or you can decide to focus on improving your thousands of weaknesses.
You are given limited time and energy, so you can’t do both. Red pill, blue pill.
The most successful individuals are those who have embraced their strengths and used them to their advantage for many reasons. Here are three good ones:
Firstly, focusing on your strengths rather than weaknesses allows you to pursue your passions and interests. It is important to recognize your strengths and work to develop them because they are what set you apart from others and make you unique. By embracing your strengths and working on them, you can create a career path that suits you and your interests. This will help you to stay motivated and inspired, ultimately leading to more success and satisfaction in your life.
Secondly, focusing on your strengths rather than weaknesses allows you to be more productive. When you focus on your weaknesses, you waste time and energy trying to improve them. Instead, you should focus on what you are already good at, as this will help you to be more efficient and effective. This will help you to reach your goals faster and more successfully.
Lastly, embracing your strengths rather than trying to even out all your weaknesses can help you to build self-confidence. When you focus on your strengths, you become aware of the skills and abilities you possess. This can help you to believe in your own capabilities and trust yourself. This is important, as having self-confidence is essential for achieving success in life.
It is more important to embrace your strengths rather than to even out all your weaknesses. This is because it allows you to pursue your passions, become more productive, and build self-confidence.
👉 Decide whether you want to be average, if you’re lucky, at many things or excellent at a few.
To your freedom! 🚀
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