## Surviving the World - Lesson 1818 - Paths

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that's life, in a nutshell.

What a great find, Liz! There are many paths...

One of the most profound (yet confusing) scenes in The Matrix Trilogy comes near the end of The Matrix Reloaded when Neo is confronted with The Architect.

It is profound because it discloses the main concept to what most thought the purpose of The Matrix was. It is confusing because so much information is given in such a short period of time.

Even after seeing the movie several times, it's hard to remember everything that was said. To help out, here is a complete transcript of the scene ...

The Architect: Hello, Neo.

Neo: Who are you?

The Architect: I am the Architect. I created the matrix. I've been waiting for you. You have many questions, and although the process has altered your consciousness, you remain irrevocably human. Ergo, some of my answers you will understand, and some of them you will not. Concordantly, while your first question may be the most pertinent, you may or may not realize it is also irrelevant.

Neo: Why am I here?

The Architect: Your life is the sum of a remainder of an unbalanced equation inherent to the programming of the matrix. You are the eventuality of an anomaly, which despite my sincerest efforts I have been unable to eliminate from what is otherwise a harmony of mathematical precision. While it remains a burden to sedulously avoid it, it is not unexpected, and thus not beyond a measure of control. Which has led you, inexorably, here.

Neo: You haven't answered my question.

The Architect: Quite right. Interesting. That was quicker than the others.

*The responses of other Neos appear on the monitors: "Others? What others? How many? Answer me!"*

The Architect: The matrix is older than you know. I prefer counting from the emergence of one integral anomaly to the emergence of the next, in which case this is the sixth version.

*Again, the responses of the other Ones appear on the monitors: "Five versions? Three? I've been lied too. This is bullshit."*

Neo: There are only two possible explanations: either no one told me, or no one knows.

The Architect: Precisely. As you are undoubtedly gathering, the anomaly's systemic, creating fluctuations in even the most simplistic equations.

*Once again, the responses of other Neos appear on the monitors: "You can't control me! F*ck you! I'm going to kill you! You can't make me do anything!*

Neo: Choice. The problem is choice.

*The scene cuts to Trinity fighting an agent, and then back to the Architect's room*

The Architect: The first matrix I designed was quite naturally perfect, it was a work of art, flawless, sublime. A triumph equaled only by its monumental failure. The inevitability of its doom is as apparent to me now as a consequence of the imperfection inherent in every human being, thus I redesigned it based on your history to more accurately reflect the varying grotesqueries of your nature. However, I was again frustrated by failure. I have since come to understand that the answer eluded me because it required a lesser mind, or perhaps a mind less bound by the parameters of perfection. Thus, the answer was stumbled upon by another, an intuitive program, initially created to investigate certain aspects of the human psyche. If I am the father of the matrix, she would undoubtedly be its mother.

Neo: The Oracle.

The Architect: Please. As I was saying, she stumbled upon a solution whereby nearly 99.9% of all test subjects accepted the program, as long as they were given a choice, even if they were only aware of the choice at a near unconscious level. While this answer functioned, it was obviously fundamentally flawed, thus creating the otherwise contradictory systemic anomaly, that if left unchecked might threaten the system itself. Ergo, those that refused the program, while a minority, if unchecked, would constitute an escalating probability of disaster.

The Architect: You are here because Zion is about to be destroyed. Its every living inhabitant terminated, its entire existence eradicated.

Neo: Bullshit.

*The responses of other Neos appear on the monitors: "Bullshit!"*

The Architect: Denial is the most predictable of all human responses. But, rest assured, this will be the sixth time we have destroyed it, and we have become exceedingly efficient at it.

*Scene cuts to Trinity fighting an agent, and then back to the Architects room.*

The Architect: The function of the One is now to return to the source, allowing a temporary dissemination of the code you carry, reinserting the prime program. After which you will be required to select from the matrix 23 individuals, 16 female, 7 male, to rebuild Zion. Failure to comply with this process will result in a cataclysmic system crash killing everyone connected to the matrix, which coupled with the extermination of Zion will ultimately result in the extinction of the entire human race.

Neo: You won't let it happen, you can't. You need human beings to survive.

The Architect: There are levels of survival we are prepared to accept. However, the relevant issue is whether or not you are ready to accept the responsibility for the death of every human being in this world.

*The Architect presses a button on a pen that he is holding, and images of people from all over the matrix appear on the monitors*

The Architect: It is interesting reading your reactions. Your five predecessors were by design based on a similar predication, a contingent affirmation that was meant to create a profound attachment to the rest of your species, facilitating the function of the one. While the others experienced this in a very general way, your experience is far more specific. Vis-a-vis, love.

*Images of Trinity fighting the agent from Neo's dream appear on the monitors*

Neo: Trinity.

The Architect: Apropos, she entered the matrix to save your life at the cost of her own.

Neo: No!

The Architect: Which brings us at last to the moment of truth, wherein the fundamental flaw is ultimately expressed, and the anomaly revealed as both beginning, and end. There are two doors. The door to your right leads to the source, and the salvation of Zion. The door to the left leads back to the matrix, to her, and to the end of your species. As you adequately put, the problem is choice. But we already know what you're going to do, don't we? Already I can see the chain reaction, the chemical precursors that signal the onset of emotion, designed specifically to overwhelm logic, and reason. An emotion that is already blinding you from the simple, and obvious truth: she is going to die, and there is nothing that you can do to stop it.

*Neo walks to the door on his left*

The Architect: Humph. Hope, it is the quintessential human delusion, simultaneously the source of your greatest strength, and your greatest weakness.

Neo: If I were you, I would hope that we don't meet again.

The Architect: We won't.

(Neo takes his exit)

and then what happens?  i forget.  does neo save trinity and kick serious butt?

oh wait, is it the famous floating and fighting scene next?

From imdb, the end of Matrix Reloaded:

After explaining to Neo his purpose in the Matrix, the Architect presents him with two doors...the door on the right leads to the Source, while the door on the left leads to Trinity, who is falling just as in Neo's dream.

Flying as quickly as possible, Neo catches her just seconds before she hits the ground and carries her to the top of a building where he reaches through the code of the Matrix and extracts the bullet, but it is too late. Trinity's heart stops beating, and she dies both in the Matrix and on the Nebuchadnezzar.

Refusing to accept her death, Neo reaches through the code against and squeezes her heart, causing it to start beating again. Later, back on the Nebuchadnezzar, Morpheus can't believe that the Oracle's prophecy has not come true.

Neo explains that the prophecy was a lie, another part of the Matrix meant to control them. Suddenly, the proximity alarm goes off, alerting the crew that Sentinels are near. They flee the ship just in time to watch it blown apart. As the Sentinels come after them, Neo suddenly stops running and exclaims, 'Something's different...I can feel them.' He raises his hand and, like an EMP, stops them in mid-air, sending the Sentinels crashing to the ground. However, the strain is too much on Neo, and he also collapses, just as the Hammer arrives to rescue them.

While Neo lies unconscious in sickbay, Trinity at his side, the Hammer crew tell Morpheus and Link about the counterattack Commander Lock (Harry Lennix) had planned but explains that someone screwed up and fired an EMP before they were in position, turning it into a slaughter. There was only one survivor, and he now lies unconscious in the sickbay of the Hammer with Neo. In the final scene, the camera pans from Neo to the patient lying next to him. It is Bane.

More theories about The Matrix ending:

http://thematrix101.com/revolutions/meaning.php

http://quora.com/What-happens-to-Neo-at-the-end-of-The-Matrix-Revolutions

oh yeah.  that heart pumping scene (literally) was awesome!

It was. I remember being disappointed by the last Matrix but this answer by Craig Weiland on the Quora page is good:

Neo is not dead. The movie's symbiology hints strongly that he has transcended.

Neo dies, physically and virtually, at the end of M1 (the first Matrix film). He is reborn with the kiss of Trinity's love (Christian symbology) and has transcended, becoming The One of the Oracle's prophecy.

He transcends once more at the end of M2 upon successfully reaching the Source, and conversing with the Architect. Upon unplugging from the Matrix after saving Trinity and returning to the real world, he has a new ability: the power to interact with--kill, if he chooses to--the machines in the real world. At this point in his progression, he begins to lose his dependence on his physical body to carry out his Purpose, demonstrated when he loses use of his eyes in the attack by Bane; he is not incapacitated in the ways most important to him.

Back to M1: When Neo returns to life in the hallway of The Heart o' the CIty Hotel, he runs at Smith and dives into Smith's body. The unification of Smith and Neo results in a shattering explosion, destroying Smith, leaving Neo. But note that neither of them die; Neo has fully actualized as The One, and Smith has become something else... unplugged from the Matrix, he becomes the virus he accused humankind of being on Earth and has transcended to a state of being at parity with Neo's power. Neo and Smith are antitheses to each other; whenever one takes a step forward, so does this other. (And as in nature, when pro meets anti, they obliterate each other releasing tremendous energy.)

In M3, when Neo presents himself to the machines offering to deal with Smith, Neo has realized this and understands that the only way to defeat Smith is to join with him again and take another step forward, together. When they meet in the Matrix for the final confrontation, it becomes clear that while Smith appears more powerful, Neo will not be defeated until Smith plunges his hand into him and they are unified once more, resulting in an even greater cataclysmic explosion which eradicates Smith, and leaves Neo. His body is lifeless, but note what is shown as the machines carry him off:

This is the sacred lotus, which in Buddhist studies symbolizes purity, divine birth, and progress of the soul. With this symbol, the movie is telling us that Neo is not dead... he (and presumably Smith as well) has fully cast off his physical form and has transcended. To what, it is never specified, nor explored in The Matrix Online (the canonical continuation of the Matrix story).