I recently made a post on facebook, because someone asked me to go into detail about the conversation between the Oracle and Neo in the Matrix Revolutions, and since I can’t be short when it comes to the Matrix, the post became quite large.
I really go into detail and I thought I would post it here since it might be an interesting read.
“Oracle: I told you before. No one can see beyond a choice they don’t understand, and I mean no one.”
In the Matrix everything is deterministic, the coices you make have already been made. But since Neo does not understand his choices, he can’t look into the future. (Kinda like real life, you know you are going to take a shower tomorrow because you understand why, unless this interrupts with someone else’s deterministic pattern).
“Oracle: It doesn’t matter. It’s my choice. I have mine to make same as you have yours.”
Here she’s clearly talking about Smith, later on in the movie Smith takes her over (without struggle), that’s the choice of hers which she doesn’t understand and that’s why she can’t see the future; because she doesn’t understand why she makes the choice of voluntarily letting Smith take her over (she only understands the choice once she’s inside of Smith (and that’s why she can talk to Neo through Smith in the end), everyone Smith has taken over is inside of all of the Smiths).
”Neo: Then why didn’t you tell me about the Architect? Why didn’t you tell me about Zion, the ones before me? Why didn’t you tell me the truth?”
This one is easy because she gives you the answer. Neo was not ready to know about his 5 predecessors (yes, there were five Neos before him) because he would not understand the choice (the coice between the whole human kind and Trinity) until he was with the Architect.
”Neo: Tell me how I separated my mind from my body without jacking in. Tell me how I stopped four sentinels by thinking it. Tell me just what the hell is happening to me.
Oracle: The power of the one extends beyond this world. It reaches from here, all the way back to where you came from.
Oracle: The source. That’s what you felt when you touched those sentinels, but you weren’t ready for it. You should be dead, but apparently you weren’t ready for that either.”
This is a bit more confusing. If we accept that Neo is an anomaly (which both the Architect and the Oracle have said) then Neo must, in part, be a program, or have some code in him that holds the key to balance (the key to free will (or free will in a deterministic setting), because free will can’t exist without there being some problems).
So if Neo is in part something from the Machine world, then he could control the machines in some part, since he is part something from the machines, right?
But since the Matrix is also about balance (a system always trying to balance itself out; since paradise (or a paradise where everyone gets what they want) can’t exist with free will, Neo became the balance. The Oracle and the Architect stand for balance (order and chaos)) Neo can’t die, right?, because if Neo died the world would be out of balance and Smith would “win”, but if Smith won, the balance would be broken (from some religious perspectives, that can’t happen).
In conclusion: Neo can’t die (the world can’t be out of balance) and he can control some parts of the machine city (he is part a program).
If you read the above the rest should make some sense, I think.
”Oracle: You know where. And if you can’t find the answer, then I’m afraid there may be no tomorrow for any of us.
Neo: What does that mean?
Oracle: Everything that has a beginning, has an end. I see the end coming. I see the darkness spreading. I see death. And you are all that stands in his way.
Oracle: Very soon he’s going to have the power to destroy this world. But I believe he won’t stop there, he can’t. He won’t stop until there’s nothing left at all.
Neo: What is he?
Oracle: He is you, your opposite, your negative, the result of the equation trying to balance itself out.
Neo: And if I can’t stop him.
Oracle: One way or another, Neo, this war is going to end. Tonight, the future of both worlds will be in your hands or in his.
Neo: The Architect told me that if I didn’t return to the source, Zion would be destroyed by midnight tonight.
Oracle: Please. You and I may not be able to see beyond our own choices, but that man can’t see past any choice.
Neo: Why not?
Oracle: He doesn’t understand them, he can’t. To him they are variables and equations. One at a time each must be solved and counted. That’s his purpose: to balance the equation.”
SIDE NOTE: The Oracle is human intuition and feelings while The Architect is logic. Sort of Spock and Kirk
“Neo: What’s your purpose?
Oracle: To unbalance it.
Neo: Why? What do you want?
Oracle: I want the same thing you want, Neo, and I’m willing to go as far as you are to get it.”
SIDE NOTE: She wants the war to end.
“Neo: The end of the war. Is it going to end?
Oracle: One way or another.
Neo: Can Zion be saved?
Oracle: I’m sorry, I don’t have the answer to that question. But, if there is an answer, there’s only one place you’re going to find it.
SIDE NOTE: The Machine Main frame, when Neo enters Smith in the end of the movie, the machines are the only ones who can destroy him from the inside.
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