For those who watched the CIA hearing of candidate Gina Haspel, you had the choice of what Morpheus offered Neo in the film The Matrix. I include two clips. The Kamala Harris interrogation and The Matrix.
Morpheus: This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill – the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill – you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.
The questioning of Gina Haspel’s morality and feelings seemed to be the focus of the Democrats. Morality? Haspel, the woman who was shot at and saved the bullets from her car for a souvenir. Who was undercover making drops and who knows what else. Who knowingly and willingly would give her life for us. What on earth to you think happens in these postings of CIA operatives stationed in what they term as “Garden Spots.” The hell holes of the world, trying their best to keep us safe and many other things that are supposed to support America via clandestine activities. The Committee members acknowledged that what they learn most days keep them up at night.
So using the film “The Matrix” let us bounce off the theme of the film without giving away the ending.
Thomas Anderson is a young and dissatisfied computer programmer who lives a double-life online as “Neo”, a skilled hacker-for-hire. Feeling that there is something off about the world, Thomas pursues an enigmatic darknet phrase referring to “The Matrix” and finds himself stumbling down a rabbit hole to a terrifying truth: …
I chose just one clip for this purpose and that of the Kamela Harris interrogation of candidate Haspel.
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA): “Can you please answer the question?” CIA Director Nominee Gina Haspel: “Senator, I think I’ve answered the question.” Sen. Harris: “No, you have not. Do you believe that the previous techniques, now armed with hindsight, do you believe they were immoral?”
Morpheus: What is real? How do you define ‘real’? If you’re talking about what you can feel, what you can smell, what you can taste and see, then ‘real’ is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain.
Neo: I don’t like the idea that I’m not in control of my life.
Morpheus: I know *exactly* what you mean. Let me tell you why you’re here. You’re here because you know something. What you know you can’t explain, but you feel it. You’ve felt it your entire life, that there’s something wrong with the world. You don’t know what it is, but it’s there, like a splinter in your mind, driving you mad. It is this feeling that has brought you to me. Do you know what I’m talking about?
Neo: The Matrix.
Morpheus: Do you want to know what it is?
Quotes from IMDB
Matrix meeting Morpheus scene