THE MATRIX AS METAPHYSICS 9
TheMatrix as Metaphysics
Socialconstruction of reality
Thenature of reality
Themind and social reality
TheMatrix as Metaphysics
TheMatrix as metaphysics holds that people believe in the world as theysee it. People rarely question the world around them and due to theirbeliefs. The world as we know it is created by our belief systems,which are instilled by the people who nurture us. The world as knownto us is a social construction as people rarely questions what theyare socialized to believe. The cognitive aspect of human beings isinfluenced by social forces, which shape how we reason. The matrix asmetaphysics holds that we interpret things that occur in nature basedon our belief systems. People rarely question their belief systems asthey shape their environments and social surroundings.
Socialconstruction of reality
Realityis a cognitive and social creation that is influenced by our beliefsystems. Traditions form what we believe in and how we face eachsituation. The matrix holds that the world is a social constructionthat influences the cognitive. People often reason and face the worldbased on their social beliefs, and this is achieved through socialinstitutions that are created to control the thinking process ofpeople. Reality varies from one person to another based on how thesocial reality has been constructed around the person. The matrix isa belief system that philosophically questions the reality andinterprets the world outside the existing social construction(Chalmers, 2010).
Thematrix seeks to release people from a non- inquisitive belief in thereality. The reality as we know may not be true after all and it isimportant to question the belief systems that are instilled in us bythe social world. The matrix, however, ignores the fact that areality is shaped by the environment as all belief systems are basedon interactions with the environment. This explains why realitiesvary from person to person. The reality can only be influenced byone’s environment as experiences determine what we know and what wedo not know. The experience gained from social interactions thusshape our cognitive abilities.
Thematrix hypothesis also argues that the world is full of illusions aspeople are not free to think outside the matrix (Chalmers, 2010). Theinfluence lies in making everyone believe in the same systems thatare created by the social surroundings. The matrix as metaphysicsholds that the world in an illusion for anyone who does not thinkdifferently. The difference between the reality as we know it and thereality as it ought to be is the ability to break down the existingillusions. The world of free thinkers breaks free from existingillusions and creates a reality that is not influenced by socialforces. The truth can only be gained by breaking free from thematrix.
Thismatrix of illusions can be linked to such social constructions asreligion, which influences what people know and how they behave. Theillusion of religion makes people believe in abstract ideas andforces beyond themselves. People are made to believe that they do nothave the power within themselves to control their world. They arethus meant to subdue to a power beyond them and submit to thisexternal force. Religion is an illusion that is often acceptedwithout questioning, and it shapes how we view the world around us.The illusion of religion is a good example as there are variousreligions of the world, and each has its own illusion of reality. Ifreligion were not an illusion, there would be minimal disparities inreligious beliefs.
Thenature of reality
Thematrix also represents as world constructed by external forces so asto control how people view reality. The reality is a well- calculatedsystem that can be manipulated to fulfill specific conditions. Thereality is constructed by people who think outside the matrix andconstruct an artificial reality that they can control and manipulateso that they have the rest of the people believe in their constructedreality. The reality is not always as plain as it looks because it isinfluenced by external forces. The nature of reality is based onthose who construct it and how they manipulate the human mind so asto believe in their artificial reality (Chalmers, 2010). For example,the reality of religion is based on stories constructed around anexternal force that is beyond human control. This is a reality thatis aimed at making people comfortable in their situations.
Thereality is a machine as it follows a logical path that has apredictable outcome. This is the nature of matrix reality as peoplethink as they are socialized to think. They do not veer off from thebeliefs they hold as the systems of society are controlled byexternal forces. The forces create a reality so that the environmenthas a way of influencing how people perceive it. However, the realityas noted earlier is based on one’s environment. The surroundings inwhich a person lives determine how a person understands andinterprets the world. In this case, the reality machine is theenvironment, which is controlled by forces of nature. The forces ofnature in this case are the external forces, which determine howpeople view their reality. There is, therefore, no other reality asit already exists because nature cannot be controlled.
Thenature of reality ought to be influenced by the unconscious. Thesubconscious is the clearest form of human cognition that is notaffected by the constructed reality. The unconscious comes frompersonal experiences with the environment and thus, it is importantalways to use the unconscious to understand the world (Chalmers,2010). The external environment interacts with the unconscious toform a pure form of reality that is not bound by social influences.However, it can be argued that the unconscious is created byexperiences with the environment that remain in the human psychethough not in active use. The unconscious is thus influenced by thesocial reality in the world around us.
Themind and social reality
Themind is naturally intuitive, and it can determine how one thinks andperceives the world. Logic involves understanding the world as itexists and then making decisions based on how the facts presentthemselves. Logic can take place with no prior influence, and thishas been the reason behind scientific inventions (Chalmers, 2010).Scientific inventions occur by logically responding to theenvironment. This involves logic that is not influenced by socialconstructions of reality. Scientific inventions occur when peoplerespond to the environment by rejecting the social constructions thatrequire them to succumb to their circumstances.
Humanbeings do not have a predetermined nature, and their actions arebased on assessing the situation and responding to it according tothe nature of the situation. The decision on how to respond is guidedby either the ability to make logical decisions or respond to thesituation within the matrix of society. Inventions occur when humanbeings use logic instead of matrix responses to the situation. Thisis because the human mind is inquisitive by nature, and this canresult in any of the two responses. If a response is guided by socialconstructions of reality, invention does not occur because theresponses follow a predetermined pattern to give a known solution.When people use logic to respond to situations, the human mind comesup with new ways of responding that are outside the socialconstructions of reality, and this leads to new ways of thinking(Chalmers, 2010).
Thiscan, however, be refuted as the human mind is also a socialconstruction, which is influenced by what is already know to aperson. The perception of the reality determines how one makeschoices and the actions taken. The ability to perceive reality is notdevoid of particular social influences, which guide human reality. Aperson is, therefore, incapable of making decisions based on newthinking as there is no such thing as new thinking. The reality asknown to human beings is influenced by social forces, which have abearing on one’s environment. New thinking is simply a differentway of shaping reality based on a logical analysis of existingknowledge.
Newways of thinking are influenced by the intelligence that the universeis comprised of limitless opportunities, and fresh ways of relatingwith the environment. The world as known to human beings is capableof new possibilities as there are many ways of dealing with theenvironment. The environment is not static, and so is the human mind.The mind acts as an area in which social and environmental realitiesinteract to come up with new ideas. This is the unlimited ability ofthe human mind to cope with environmental problems and come up withlogical solutions. It shows that human logic is still influenced bythe social reality that is ingrained in all human beings.
Thematrix as metaphysics also argues that the existing world is true andnot false as implied by the matrix reality. The world as we know itis real and everything exists in nature as we know it (Chalmers,2010). The world is not an imaginary construction of the mind becausenature is composed of various components. The components thendetermine our reality and the environment around us, which is notimaginary. This is true because matter can neither be created nordestroyed. It exists as known to people, and this is what makes upthe world. The social world is then constructed based on theinteraction between human beings and the existing eternalenvironment.
Inconclusion, the matrix as metaphysics holds that we interpret thingsthat occur in nature based on our belief systems. The reality israrely questioned as this is a social construction that is ingrainedin all human beings. The world is a mechanical item that operates ina predetermined manner, and the behavior of human beings isinfluenced so as to result in particular actions. However, humanlogic is an interaction between the environment and the socialreality which is known to human beings. The human logic of realitycan only be changed if people use the unconscious as it is believedto have the purest form of human thoughts that are devoid of socialconstruction of reality.
Chalmers,D, J. (2010). TheCharacter of Consciousness. Oxford:Oxford University Press.