Agent Smith: "Did you know that the first Matrix was designed to be a perfect human world? Where none suffered, where everyone would be happy. It was a disaster. No one would accept the program. Entire crops were lost. Some believed we lacked the programming language to describe your perfect world. But I believe that, as a species, human beings define their reality through misery and suffering..."
So often I'v read about articles (by fellow bloggers and otherwise) highlighting the negatives of our lives/society etc. taking for granted all the positive aspects of thing. I guess this is given to our strive for continuous improvement which is the cause for such a widespread observance.
But all too often we talk of an utopian society, in a dream to find an Atlantis. Makes me wonder if humans can indeed live in an utopian society at all? Thats when the above dialogue from the matrix gave me some thoughts on the subject.
Of course the question of the possibility of an utopian society preceedes this. Every person has their own version of what such a society should be. Since birds of a feather flock together, you can expect groups with a common vision of such. Keep evaluating this way and you'd understand that all thats involved in coexistence of various utopian societies renders them far from what they are meant to be. Ain't what we'v arrived at, any different from the society of today that we perceive to be far from utopian?
Can humans accept and live in a perfect world? I am into thinking that human life is tending to equilibrium but never reaches it. The human intellect working rationally (much like the Architect of The Matrix trying to balance equations in sight) to bring things to a stasis, while human emotions & instinct that majorly constitute the human psyche (much like the Oracle playing dice for yet another path towards co-existence) push things into disarray.
This nature is probably remotely connected to the very nature of the universe, and as explained by Ying-Yang. Owing to unexplained reason, the universe has manifested into matter vs. anti-matter pair.
Agent smith and Neo are seen by most people as antgonist vs. protagonist, whilst in reality both are quite the same with just different perceptions over purpose of life (determinism vs free will). The interesting point I'd like you to think about is smith's quote in the movie - "temporary constructs of a feeble human intellect trying desperately to justify an existence which is without meaning or purpose ...".
When I look around the world, I do realize that we humans are engaging ourselves in solving the very problem we'v created. I.e. what we do is to give a purpose/justification for our own lives. That which we do, becomes the very cause for which we strive to live. We are the very problem we are fighting against.
With such an understanding / misconstrued notions of the human spirit (whichever way you see this), I doubt if humans can ever live or even bring about an Atlantis. For it would negate the very purpose of our existence :-?. Just as there ain't not good without evil, there ain't no god without the devil ...
If you remember Sonny from the movie "I, Robot", towards the climax he says to detective spooner - "Now that I've fulfilled my purpose, I don't know what to do!!!". What would we humans do if at all we do attain Atlantis?
Do you see what am I hinting at /:)