Should We Question Everything?

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The movie “The Matrix” is shot through with principles and ideas that parallel the state of society as it exists today. The “Financial Matrix” so graphically described by Orrin Woodward in his best seller by the same title being the most vivid. There is yet another event involving Morpheus and Neo that sparks deep contemplation.

The scene portrays Neo going with Morpheus to visit the Oracle to determine whether Neo is “The One” who will save humanity from the machines. In the Oracle’s home are a number of young children with extraordinary mind powers who are potential candidates to fulfill the prophecy. One is a boy, about age ten, with a shaved head and wearing a robe, sitting cross-legged on the floor. Neo watches him, fascinated, as he picks up spoons and bends them with his mind.
Noticing that Neo is watching, the boy says, “Do not try and bend the spoon. That’s impossible. Instead, only try to realize the truth.”
“What truth?” Neo asks.
“There is no spoon.”
“There is no spoon?”
“Then you’ll see that it is not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself.”

At first this exchange appears to support the popular admonition to “Question Everything” But perhaps its deeper than that? What if the boy is not questioning the reality of the spoon, but his perception of the spoon? There’s a world of difference. Physical reality cannot be changed simply by our doubt or questioning of its existence. The same applies to metaphysical reality, such as truth.

For example, there’s a plaque that hangs on the living room wall of my 94 year old preacher dad. It’s hung there for over half a century proclaiming the truth, “God said it, I believe it, that settles it” Until fairly recently I was always encouraged by the solid assurance that came with those words. However, more recently my convictions about God’s sovereignty and the absolute nature of His truth have compelled me to rewrite that proclamation to exclude the phrase “I believe it”. Not because I don’t believe it, but because my belief or lack thereof cannot change what is. Believing it or not is merely my “perception” of what is. The “spoon” (Truth) exists regardless.

The extent to which I will accept and apply without question, the Truth that is, will determine the outcome of my actions, beliefs and resulting success or failure. Reality is what it is. We cannot change it by questioning or arguing with it. The only power in our control is to change our perception of and relationship to it. “Question Everything” is a dangerous and misleading world view. “Question Everything” is the angry, arrogant, belligerent chant of the disillusioned, disenfranchised, and embittered, who feel like they’ve been shafted by “the man.” It is this world view that has led to the current mood of anti authoritarianism. Unfortunately it is this world view that comes most naturally to the fallen being. It begins in our early “three’s” with the incessant response of “why?”, to every instruction or statement spoken by the “adult in charge”, and, without an intentional pattern interrupt through transformed thinking, will continue for the rest of our days.

Knowing this helps me to understand why it’s so difficult to proclaim truth to society, no matter how lovingly and persuasive, without almost always facing cynicism, argument and even belligerence. So true are the words of Orrin Woodward. “The Truth will set you free, but many times not before it first ticks you off”. All of this doubt and cynicism are a direct result of the conditioning that exists within the Matrix. The Matrix is the system designed by the spiritual enemy of man (note the exchange between the first humans and the serpent in the Garden of Eden) via the elite of the world to control society without blatantly enslaving the masses and eliminating free choice. To have the freedom to question everything and believe nothing creates for us somewhat of a Utopia where we surrender all absolutes, free choice and personal responsibility and live happily in our subservience. Very much like Huxley’s Soma in Brave New World. Government by clubs and firing squads, by artificial famine, mass imprisonment and mass deportation, is not merely inhumane (nobody cares much about that nowadays), it is demonstrably inefficient and in an age of advanced technology, inefficiency is the sin against the Holy Ghost. A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude. To make them love it is the task assigned, in present-day totalitarian states, to ministries of propaganda, news- paper editors and schoolteachers. (Aldus Huxley’s Foreword – Brave New World)

Happy in their subserviency…Wow! Is this not a picture of society today? As long as the elites are giving us what we want, we will bow to their whim… Entitlements, handouts, bailouts, and opt outs… all government sponsored, are results of questioning reality, abolishing absolutes and surrendering freedom in order that happiness may prevail. The death gargle of the masses… “Im doing good, thank you very much”

And so another scene from The Matrix is reincarnated into our world:
Morpheus : The Matrix is a system, Neo. That system is our enemy. But when you’re inside, you look around. What do you see? Business people, teachers, lawyers, carpenters. The very minds of the people we are trying to save. But until we do, these people are still a part of that system, and that makes them our enemy. 

A woman walks by, standing out from all the people in suits, as she is wearing a bright red dress, and bright red lipstick. Neo stares. 

Morpheus : You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inert, so hopelessly dependent on the system, that they will fight to protect it.

Understanding all of this compels us to come to the crossroads of decision, just like Neo. Do we take the Blue Pill and go back to our Elite induced Utopian dream, or do we take the Red Pill and find out exactly how far this rabbit hole really goes!

I agree with Stephen Palmer that the little guy has been royally screwed over by the Elite who will stop at nothing to maintain the state of the Matrix. We know where the rabbit hole goes. We see through your corrupt and guiltless eyes. We reject your spoon fed lies and your dumbed down education, media propaganda and institutional control.

“We ain’t chumps and we ain’t going down like that. “Question Everything” is the frustration, disgruntlement, and resentment born of blame. In short, it is blatant irresponsibility.”

So the better way of thinking that must be delivered via transformational messaging to a tribal community of readers, thinkers and entrepreneurial dissenters is to turn the focus inward. To not question the reality and truth, but focus inwards to the cause of our perception of this reality. Ultimately, we will discover that it comes down simply to taking responsibility for our state, embracing truth, no matter how difficult, and systematically renewing our minds through a process of incremental reordering of our thinking.

A more pointed way of saying this is, “Question Your Perceptions of Everything.” It’s the difference between pointing fingers and turning inward. It assumes that the source of my cynicism or dissatisfaction is not “out there,” but rather in my own heart. “Question Your Perceptions” is the humble recognition that I am responsible for my life. I can only by oppressed by lies to the extent that I lie to myself; when I stop lying to myself I will see through the lies of others. “Blessed are the poor (humble) in spirit, for they shall inherit the earth”

On the other hand however, “Question Everything” is the attitude that everything out there is messed up, without ever examining oneself. Put the “question everythingers” in power and before too long they’ll become the very thing they were fighting against. “…only that which we cannot accept within ourselves do we find impossible to live with in others.”(Edward Whitmont)

Our perceptions are a desperate attempt to make sense of the world, to control our experience. “Question Everything” is nothing but a manifestation of that inability to accept what is and the desire to control it. “Question Everything” is a rage against reality. “Question Your Perceptions” is a sincere desire to align with reality. Ironically, by focusing outward, “Question Everything” prevents us from getting to the core truth of anything we question. It never changes anything because it fails to get to the root cause of everything: the individual human heart.  “Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts. Proverbs 4:23 (MSG)

We develop the power to change the world the minute we stop questioning and challenging everything in it, and instead start questioning and challenging what is in our own hearts. We can take the blue pill and continue questioning and arguing with reality. Or we can take the red pill and start questioning our perceptions of reality and working to align ourselves with it.

 

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