(TMU) — People from across the United States heeded calls from the ANSWER Coalition and CODEPINK on Saturday, resulting in protests against a possible U.S. war on Iran in more than 70 cities across 38 U.S. states.
The protests, demanding for U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq and ending sanctions on Iran, were called for earlier this week in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s ordering of additional U.S. troops to the Middle East in response to protests following U.S. air strikes. Tensions quickly increased as the U.S. ordered the assassination of Qassem Soleimani, the popular leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force, and, as a result, the protests quickly morphed into an emergency mobilization aimed at stopping what some fear could become World War III.
Tensions between Iran and the United States are nothing new, but have been steadily increasing ever since Trump formally reneged on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)—also known as the Iran nuclear deal—in May of 2018.
Protesters across the country joined together to demand an end to U.S. presence in Iraq and the Middle East and to no new war with Iran. During the past nearly 30 years, more than one million Iraqis have died as a direct result of U.S. occupation, sanctions, and bombing, with the U.S. government having spent trillions of dollars.
Trump repeatedly promised on the campaign trail and after taking office that he would put “America first” and would bring our troops home. Instead, he repeatedly and recklessly brings the U.S. on the brink of war with various nations time and time again. But this far, many believe, he went too far.
Americans are fed up with endless wars, concerned about the future for their children, are appalled at the cost of war while the funding of services at home continually falls short, and deeply concerned about the wellbeing of innocent lives in the Middle East, and more. And so they joined together with one voice on January 4 to tell the Trump administration: “No War With Iran!”
— NWADemGaz Photos (@NWADemGazPhotos) January 4, 2020
— Linda Fox 10 (@lindawfox10) January 4, 2020
— azcentral (@azcentral) January 5, 2020
— steev hise (@detritus) January 4, 2020
HAPPENING NOW: Dozens of protestors gathering in downtown Little Rock. They’re protesting a potential war with Iran following a US-backed air strike that killed a high ranking Iranian military official earlier this week.#ARnews pic.twitter.com/1IKOFVmWQv
— Scott Schneider (@scott_kark) January 4, 2020
— DSA Fresno (@dsa_fresno) January 5, 2020
Hundreds of anti-war protestors gathered in Perishing Square today in Los Angeles, joining thousands of people across the world calling for the United States to withdraw from the middle east. #MyDayInLA #LosAngeles #NoWarOnIran #WorldWarThree pic.twitter.com/kuFCz6D0RW
— Lexis-Olivier Ray (@ShotOn35mm) January 5, 2020
— Brandi Cummings (@KCRABrandi) January 5, 2020
NOW: Protesters with Answer San Diego, Veterans For Peace, & more rallying outside the federal courthouse downtown against #Iran & #Iraq conflicts. Stay w #FOX5SanDiego for the latest. pic.twitter.com/msGrqp7J6W
— Liberty Zabala FOX 5 (@Liberty_Zabala) January 4, 2020
— Jimmy Dore (@jimmy_dore) January 4, 2020
— Abby Martin (@AbbyMartin) January 4, 2020
San Francisco, CA. HUUUUGE TURNOUT for the #NoWarOnIran rally & march in the Bay Area!
We should invest in healing & strengthening our communities, not paying 4 endless wars.
✊✊🏿✊🏾✊🏽✊🏼✊🏻@answercoalition @codepink @SFBayResistance @AROCBayArea @PopResistance @DSA_SF @jvplive pic.twitter.com/QbFU27DQmX
— Alyssa Kang (@1alyssakang) January 4, 2020
— Joe Rivano Barros (@jrivanob) January 4, 2020
— t (@tmccorstin) January 5, 2020
— Jessica Christian (@jachristian) January 4, 2020
— Boaz (@boazhsan) January 4, 2020
— Glenn Griffin (@GlennGriffin8) January 4, 2020
#NoWarOnIran rally in Denver, one of of 70+ events being held today across the country by @answercoalition, @codepink and other groups in response to the Trump administration’s escalating conflict with Iran pic.twitter.com/bZfLYaJ8MO
— Chase Woodruff (@dcwoodruff) January 4, 2020
Things are a little chaotic as what I think is an unexpectedly large crowd makes its way through downtown Denver. There’s not much (visible) DPD presence or traffic control like there sometimes is at demonstrations like this pic.twitter.com/gZYxiJAtvy
— Chase Woodruff (@dcwoodruff) January 4, 2020
— INDIVISIBLE GNV (@indivisiblegnv) January 4, 2020
— Medea Benjamin (@medeabenjamin) January 4, 2020
— 🐜 Abolish ICE 🌹 (@nadaytu) January 4, 2020
Protesters and counter-protesters showed up in #Boise for one of over 70 nationwide protests called by @answercoalition, @PopResistance, @codepink, @VFPNational and many more organizations against the U.S. wars on #Iraq and #Iran. pic.twitter.com/Ra1nyh6fSE
— Vote #Evans4Idaho #Libertarian 🕊🎗️🗽⏳🦇🌺 (@IDJoe4Congress) January 5, 2020
— E. #VoteEARLY (@elizabetmajerus) January 4, 2020
— Chicago DSA 🌹 (@ChicagoCityDSA) January 4, 2020
— Chicago DSA 🌹 (@ChicagoCityDSA) January 4, 2020
Chicago’s streets are FLOODED with anti-war protesters today.#NoWarWithIran
— Joshua Potash (@JoshuaPotash) January 4, 2020
— BLMChicago (@BLMChi) January 4, 2020
Just say NO to #worldwar3. An administration hungry for war can't possibly care about its own people more than money. The world doesn't have to be like this… . #protest #protests #indianapolis #iraq #iran #marianne2020 #bernie2020 #warren2020 #antiwar #wwiii #worldwariii #ww3 pic.twitter.com/phdalAobFC
— Hell yeah, I'm anti-fascism (@timwithlove) January 4, 2020
Amazing turnout at the today's anti-war rally in Iowa City despite the short notice and the 30° weather. A huge thanks to the @answercoalition, @WorldBeyondWar and countless others for organizing today's national day of protest and getting the word out. #NoWarInIran pic.twitter.com/jNKCzB0mQG
— No Justice No Peace 🌺 (@lesha) January 5, 2020
Numerous groups have come out to Douglass/Bardstown in Louisville today to call for “No War on Iran” and no more American troops in the Middle East following this week’s dramatic events.
— Not Ben Tobin (@Billy_Kobin) January 4, 2020
— Peace Action Maine (@me_action) January 4, 2020
Today on short notice we flooded the streets of downtown Boston, and we'll do it again if we must. No war with Iran. pic.twitter.com/XRTpePkvPR
— BOOston DSA (@Boston_DSA) January 5, 2020
— WEATHER IS HAPPENING (@WEATHERISHAPPEN) January 4, 2020
BOSTON ANTIWAR PROTEST CONTINUES TO MARCH THRU STS OF BOSTON PAST GOVERNMENT PLAZA
LO2MID 40S, LITE RAINBLOBS SHULD B FLOATED AWAY B4 6PM
— WEATHER IS HAPPENING (@WEATHERISHAPPEN) January 5, 2020
— Anna Kuipers (@KuipersAnna) January 4, 2020
The Mind Unleashed was live on Facebook from the Minneapolis rally:
This was the protest in #Minneapolis today #NoWarOnIran #NoWarWithIran #NoWarInIran #IranWar #Iraq
Proud to stand together with others. Estimated 700 folks showed up. We got a very, very positive response.
Support Our Troops! No War in Iran! 🇺🇲🦅🌎 pic.twitter.com/QXrwPg695R
— Lilah (@LalaLemonLemon) January 5, 2020
— The Coy Contrarian (@CoyContrarian) January 4, 2020
— emma leigh 🍀 (@bymyelf) January 4, 2020
I have a lot from today's #NoWarWithIran protest in Minneapolis today. I'll share the gallery link when they're all uploaded but I'll post some of my favorites here.. if I can manage to narrow it down. @answercoalition @codepink @AntiwarMN @WomenMarch4Paz pic.twitter.com/oYrIlgVqDQ
— emma leigh 🍀 (@bymyelf) January 5, 2020
About 150 protesters gathered outside the Federal Courthouse in St. Louis and spoke out against a possible war with Iran. The protesters marched from the courthouse to the Soldiers Memorial. pic.twitter.com/1NbtdL612q
— David Carson (@PDPJ) January 4, 2020
About 150 protesters gathered outside U.S. Rep. Lacy Clay's St. Louis office Saturday afternoon to call for #NoWarInIran. A U.S. airstrike killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad Friday, and Iran's president has vowed revenge. #IranProtests pic.twitter.com/NgxWmCo4Sv
— J. Ryne Danielson (@jrynedanielson) January 5, 2020
— Heather ♿📷📱 (@MissJupiter1957) January 5, 2020
— Joshio Herrera (@HerreraJoshio) January 4, 2020
— José Argüello (@jgarguello3) January 4, 2020
The people of Albuquerque say NO WAR ON IRAN! pic.twitter.com/z2dfjZfWvR
— PSL NM (@abqpsl) January 4, 2020
— Nathan O'Neal (@nateoneal) January 4, 2020
#Ithaca NY kicking off NO WAR WITH IRAN national day of action.
Rallies taking place in over 70 cities across the US.
The American people say no to war. pic.twitter.com/V6Eoc0ZWn1
— Ariel Gold אריאל #JewsAgainstFascism ☮️🔥✡️ (@ArielElyseGold) January 4, 2020
New York City:
Love these veterans.
A massive crowd just flooded Times Square to say #NoWarWithIran
And we were joined by these veterans. They want to stop endless war. pic.twitter.com/DwMEZXyl7t
— Joshua Potash (@JoshuaPotash) January 4, 2020
— Xaver Kandler (@XaverZava) January 4, 2020
— Minh Ngo (@minhtngo) January 4, 2020
— CODEPINK (@codepink) January 4, 2020
100+ endured near-freezing drizzle in Clinton Square Syracuse to protest US policy toward Iran. One Iranian American worried she. Igbo lose relatives on both sides of conflict escalates to war. @waer883 #NoWarWithIran pic.twitter.com/09l7PcryF8
— WAER News (@WAERNews) January 4, 2020
— New York State Poor People's Campaign (@nysppc) January 4, 2020
Today I joined my community in Syracuse in a cold rain, on one day’s notice, to protest the escalation of the war on Iran and demand that the US military get out of the Middle East. #USOutNow #NoIranWarhttps://t.co/sermBtc2Us pic.twitter.com/xXyk8Eg81s
— Howie Hawkins (@HowieHawkins) January 4, 2020
Asheville, NC: A crowd of around 50 is holding a Honk for Peace protest against a possible war with Iran. pic.twitter.com/cf6JzrsBXf
— Luke N. Vargas (@thecourier) January 4, 2020
Part of a small protest today in Asheville NC against a war on Iran. Please make your voice heard. pic.twitter.com/ePP1AEitGI
— James C. Klagge (@jklagge) January 5, 2020
— WEB Da Boy (@Am4n_Ab3rra) January 4, 2020
Over 60 people showed up Saturday in Durham for a "No War in Iran" protest. Many more are expected to show up for the same cause on Sunday in Raleigh. pic.twitter.com/bgTQXTa58v
— Anthony Crider (@acrider) January 5, 2020
— CODEPINK Cleveland (@CodePinkCLEVE) January 4, 2020
Here with a huge crowd in downtown #Portland, Oregon to say loud and clear: War is NOT the answer. We stand for peace and the end of U.S. imperialism. #NoWarInIran #NoWarWithIran #Iran pic.twitter.com/VNqp3c5Pwu
— Damon Motz-Storey (they/them) #BlackLivesMatter (@DamonMotzStorey) January 4, 2020
About 30 people are at a protest outside the state Capitol in Harrisburg opposing any further escalation of a war with Iran. The event was organized by the city's DSA chapter. pic.twitter.com/IS6qgkMLZs
— Stephen Scare-uso 👻 (@StephenJ_Caruso) January 4, 2020
— agitator in chief (@soit_goes) January 4, 2020
— agitator in chief (@soit_goes) January 4, 2020
— Refuse Fascism Philly (@refusefascismPH) January 4, 2020
— John Harvey (@digitallywired) January 4, 2020
Members of CODEPINK, Veterans for Peace, United Antiwar Coalition, among other groups gathered in Downtown State College to protest a potential war in Iran. https://t.co/rdzTafuPpu
— WTAJ News (@WTAJnews) January 4, 2020
— Matthew☭ (@MatthewJohn666) January 4, 2020
I don't have a sign so I just took pictures. Dallas protest against invading Iran pic.twitter.com/TVw5pydX9U
— END SWAT #ENDSARSOPPRESSION (@obaa_boni) January 4, 2020
Protesting the Iran war out here in Dallas.
At least when Gen Z kids are bleeding in the desert I can say I was here pic.twitter.com/h5quQZWI67
— Dredgen Philhausen (@Texas_Supernova) January 4, 2020
In El Paso, our peace vigil had a great turnout yesterday. Don’t Iraq Iran! pic.twitter.com/1DD7Umbzy3
— Mary Gourdoux (@gourdoux_mary) January 4, 2020
Salt Lake City:
SALT LAKE CITY: Their chants of “Hands off Iran!” and “1, 2, 3, 4, we won’t fight a rich man’s war!” echoed off the Wallace F. Bennett federal building during the chilly afternoon protest. They held signs as they… https://t.co/yK3gLMREbj
— Karen R Pomer (@KarenPomer) January 5, 2020
📢 Esta tarde decenas de personas expresaron su rechazo al asesinato del líder militar iraní Qasem Soleimani en Salt Lake City, #Utah. Los asistentes temen y desaprueban una posible guerra entre #EstadosUnidos y el país islámico #Iran. pic.twitter.com/6PwscydGvQ
— Sebastián Carrillo (@SebasCarrillo) January 5, 2020
— Brian Cina (@briancinavt) January 4, 2020
— YDSA ODU #BLM (@ydsaodu) January 5, 2020
Even in the cold and wind and drizzle, hundreds of us were in the streets of Seattle protesting today. No justice. No peace. US out of the Middle East. #NoWarInIran #NoWarOnIran pic.twitter.com/aoReKKQL9q
— Antifa Anthony says ACAB 🏴🚩 (@rabbidbunnyz) January 5, 2020
I estimate 500 ppl in Lafayette Park #NoWarWithIran
— Morgan Artyukhina (@LavenderNRed) January 4, 2020
While Trump is spending his 367th day golfing at one of his own properties, a giant crowd has amassed outside of the WH chanting: “No justice! No peace! U.S. out of the Middle East!”
— Andrew Wortman (@AmoneyResists) January 4, 2020
Marching to Trump Tower
— Max Blumenthal (@MaxBlumenthal) January 4, 2020
“US out of the Middle East!”
Rally against war on Iran in front of the White House is the largest one we’ve had for years.
— Max Blumenthal (@MaxBlumenthal) January 4, 2020
Beloved Black fam,
We should ABSOLUTELY care about what is happening with/ in Iran.
We MUST do some radical learning together about this situatiuation, and imperialism, militarism, and international solidarity in general.
— Black Lives Matter DC (@DMVBlackLives) January 5, 2020
Happening Now: Americans protest war footing with Iran at White House. Nearly 1000 protesters demand US leave Iraq chanting “US out of the Middle East no justice no peace.” #Iran #Iraq #NoWarWithIran pic.twitter.com/R9a0FB5VFD
— DCMediaGroup (@DCMediaGroup) January 4, 2020
.@MaxBlumenthal told 100s of anti war activists outside the White House today "why Qassem Soleiman was killed: He rolled back salafi jihadi forces the CIA had been backing in Syria to destabilize another independent state & he helped prevent Iraq from becoming a US client state." pic.twitter.com/Bx0nakYRb2
— Wyatt Reed (@wyattreed13) January 4, 2020
— Wisconsin Green Party (@WIGreens) January 4, 2020
Anti-war protesters in Milwaukee and nation condemn U.S. action against Iran https://t.co/ijAjfLRGeD
— Journal Sentinel (@journalsentinel) January 5, 2020
Edward Snowden Applies For Russian Citizenship As He Announces He’s About To Be A Dad
U.S. NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden has announced that he is going to be a dad and that he has applied for Russian citizenship due to the coming change in his life. Snowden said the move is to prevent separation from his unborn son.
Snowden and his wife are applying for Russian citizenship in order not to be separated from their future son in an era of pandemics and closed borders, he said on Monday. Snowden’s wife, Lindsay, is expecting a child in late December, the RIA news agency said, citing his Russian lawyer Anatoly Kucherena, Reuters reported.
Snowden fled the U.S. and was given asylum in Russia after leaking secret NSA files in 2013 that revealed vast domestic and international surveillance operations carried out by the U.S. National Security Agency where he was a contractor. Snowden exposed various capabilities by the NSA by revealing various extensive privacy violations. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently found one such program was unlawful and that the U.S. intelligence directors who publicly defended it had lied to the public. The court determined that the warrantless telephone dragnet that secretly collected millions of Americans’ telephone records violated the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
U.S. authorities have for years wanted Snowden to return to the U.S. to face criminal charges on espionage brought against him in 2013.
“After years of separation from our parents, my wife and I have no desire to be separated from our son. That’s why, in this era of pandemics and closed borders, we’re applying for dual US-Russian citizenship,” Snowden wrote on Twitter. “Lindsay and I will remain Americans, raising our son with all the values of the America we love, including the freedom to speak his mind. And I look forward to the day I can return to the States, so the whole family can be reunited. Our greatest wish is that, wherever our son lives, he feels at home.”
Russia has already granted Snowden permanent residency rights, his lawyer said last month, a requisite step towards Russian citizenship.
Snowden’s wife recently publicly announced her pregnancy last week in a photograph posted to Instagram. “A long time in the making,” she wrote. “Our greatest collaboration coming soon.” Snowden said; despite applying for Russian citizenship, he hopes to one day return to the U.S. to reunite his family.
Proud Boys group furious after gay community takes over #ProudBoys hashtag ‘to reclaim our pride’
(TMU) – It’s been less than a week since President Donald Trump name-dropped the far-right Proud Boys group, an organization known for their political violence against left-wingers. And now, the group is trending for reasons entirely out of their control.
And after having their name hijacked by the gay community on Twitter, the surly group of boys are less proud than they are supremely pissed off.
Over the weekend, gay Twitter executed a glorious plan to use the tag #ProudBoys to share uplifting stories and images of love rather than the sort of hatred and violence the far-right group has become known for.
Star Trek star and LGBTQ activist George Takei was one of the first to suggest the subversive trend, writing in a Thursday tweet:
“I wonder if the BTS and TikTok kids can help LGBTs with this. What if gay guys took pictures of themselves making out with each other or doing very gay things, then tagged themselves with #ProudBoys. I bet it would mess them up real bad. #ReclaimingMyShine”
I wonder if the BTS and TikTok kids can help LGBTs with this. What if gay guys took pictures of themselves making out with each other or doing very gay things, then tagged themselves with #ProudBoys. I bet it would mess them up real bad. #ReclaimingMyShine
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) October 1, 2020
Over the weekend, the viral campaign swept across Twitter as thousands of users ranging from celebrities to politicians and even the Canadian military used the hashtag.
Take posted a photo of himself with his husband, explaining:
“Brad and I are #ProudBoys, legally married for 12 years now. And we’re proud of all of the gay folks who have stepped up to reclaim our pride in this campaign. Our community and allies answered hate with love, and what could be better than that.”
— Christopher Ubiadas (@TheRealUbiadas) October 5, 2020
Rep. Carlos G. Smith, the first LGBTQ Latino legislator from Florida also tweeted that he and his husband Jerick Mediavilla were “Proud Boys” ready to vote. He tweeted:
“@JerickFL and I are joining thousands of gay men on social media to reclaim #ProudBoys from white supremacists and bigoted neo-nazis,” he tweeted. “Let’s replace the hashtag with images of love, positivity, and true PRIDE! Your two favorite #ProudBoys are here standing by, ready to VOTE!”
The Canadian Armed Forces in the USA also participated in the trend, and shared a photo of two men kissing, one of whom is a corporal called Brent Kenny, accompanying their post with the simple caption: “#ProudBoys.”
— Royal Canadian Navy (@RoyalCanNavy) October 4, 2020
Naturally, for the Proud Boys – a males-only group obsessed with proving their masculinity through feats of violence and milk-guzzling rituals – the trending hashtag was anything but welcome, especially after Twitter cleansed the platform of their presence.
Members of the so-called “pro-western fraternal organization” have been posting about their displeasure over seeing same-sex love on the much smaller rival app Parler.
As is typical for an organization that has been labeled a hate group by numerous monitors, online Proud Boys spouted homophobic, anti-gay hatred that they’ve long peddled and banked on.
— Allana Harkin (@AllanaHarkin) October 5, 2020
While most people hadn’t heard about the Proud Boys, the infamous group earned their 15 minutes of fame after Donald Trump name-dropped them in a notorious moment from last Tuesday’s first presidential debate with Democratic rival Joe Biden.
Trump clearly had trouble denouncing political violence by his far-right supporters when he was asked by moderator Chris Wallace whether he would “condemn white supremacists and militia groups, and to say that they need to stand down and not add to the violence in a number of these cities.”
Instead, Trump said “Proud Boys, stand back and stand by.”
The Proud Boys are a group of nationalist extremists who describe themselves as “western chauvinists” and are known for their anti-Muslim, misogynistic rhetoric, as well as their frequent brawls with left-wing opponents.
However, the group denies being racist, despite its numerous links with alt-right, neo-fascist organizations.
After the group’s name was hijacked over the weekend, Proud Boys chairman Enrique Tarrio complained that “the left” had turned the group’s name into a “slur” in an attempt “to drown out the voices of our supporters.”
The Esoteric Meaning Behind Neo’s Interrogation Scene in The Matrix
More than 20 years old now, The Matrix is recognized by fans across the world as being one of the most brilliant films in history, most notably for its deeper meaning and esoteric philosophy.
One scene that is particularly intriguing, considering the social climate of today, is Neo’s interrogation by the Agents of the Matrix.
Now, before we dig into the potential hidden meaning here, as I perceive it, and how Neo found himself in this uncomfortable position to begin with, let’s first establish some key points in relation to the overall story line that will help us to appreciate the implications behind this scene a little bit more.
What Does The Character Neo Represent in the Matrix?
Neo in ancient Greek (νέος) means new/young one. This is an important piece of the puzzle to help us understand what the directors of the film are trying to communicate to us. With that said, when we assess Neo’s character in the first film, we find that he is a solitary individual that keeps to himself and is struggling to find deeper meaning in this world by constantly searching the internet.
What Does The Character Morpheus Represent in the Matrix?
Morpheus in Greek mythology is a messenger of the gods. He appears to humans through dreams with the intention of delivering divine Knowledge and Truth. In the Greek mythos, he can appear in almost any form in people’s dreams, which could be because anyone, regardless of race, gender, or outward appearance, can be a messenger of enlightenment and Truth.
The First Matrix Film is About The Beginning of the Journey to Awakening
With the understanding of the deeper meaning behind what Neo and Morpheus’ characters represent in the film, we can now appreciate the intro scene of Neo sleeping (whilst searching for Morpheus) through a different lens of perception and awareness.
You see, Neo sleeping whilst searching online for Morpheus represents the early stages of the Truth seekers journey — “asleep” but still searching for deeper meaning in life — and hoping to find that meaning by seeking out a “messenger” of higher Knowledge and Truth.
Truth is Terrorism in the Empire of Lies
Through his incessant efforts, Neo begins to get closer and closer to finding the elusive Morpheus. This, however, also attracts the unwanted attention of the Agents in the Matrix, which represent the enforcers of the shadow government of this system. Their job is to ensure that no one exposes what the Matrix really is, and how it turns unsuspecting every day human beings into useful resources that it can use and exploit.
The Agents proceed to apprehend Neo and interrogate him, where they make it very clear that they’ve been spying on him and keeping meticulous records of his activities, both online and offline, for quite some time now. As we all know very well today, all around the world intelligence agencies are doing exactly that — tracking what we view online and keeping meticulous records on many of our movements.
The agents, however, do not see Neo as being a major threat to the Matrix system, as he is still in the early stages of his awakening and does not know enough to be a major threat. Instead, they offer him a deal where they will be willing to “wipe the slate clean” on his illegal activities online, if Neo will simply help them track down the man they call Morpheus, who they claim is “a known terrorist” that is “considered by many authorities to be the most dangerous man alive”.
This represents that the single greatest threat to this manipulative system — which is overwhelmingly ruled by deception and exploitation — is any messenger of higher Knowledge and Truth that can potentially awaken those who are still “asleep” to what the proverbial Matrix really is. In fact, one could argue this sort of power struggle has been going on for thousands of years, and is possibly why Socrates was accused of “corrupting the youth” by the ruling class more than 2,000 years ago and subsequently sentenced to death; or why Fred Hampton was assassinated by government authorities in 1969; or, in more recent history, why civilians that were peacefully protesting against Wall Street and the bankers for their part in destroying the world economy in 2008, were targeted by the FBI and even labelled as potential “domestic terrorists“.
Simply put, Truth is terrorism in the empire of lies.
Neo, still being somewhat naïve and unbegun in his journey, rejects the Agent’s offer and demands he get a phone call because “I know my rights!”
To this, Agent Smith retorts, “tell me Mr. Anderson, what good is a phone call if you’re unable to speak?”, which results in Neo’s mouth warping in the most eerie of ways.
This scene represents a lesson that all genuine Truth seekers eventually come to learn — this system is not concerned with human rights nor is it concerned with upholding authentic justice. Instead, it inculcates these beliefs and misperceptions into our minds from a very young age, because it serves to help legitimize its unnecessary existence in the eyes of the unsuspecting public and indoctrinate us as to why we think we need it. But in reality, our government guaranteed “rights” can be taken away from us in the blink of an eye.
In relation to current events, for example, many thousands of people worldwide have been arrested for violating curfew orders; In one Indian state, civilians were told they must take selfies every hour and send it to the authorities to prove that they are staying indoors; in South Africa, some have been fined for not wearing masks while driving their cars; In Boston in the United States, people have even been told that they will be fined if they walk “the wrong direction” down the street; Homeless people in France have reportedly been fined for not staying indoors; Some people have been arrested for attending funerals of loved ones because it violated lockdown orders; Others (including doctors and scientists) have had their right to freedom of speech censored online; In Australia, a pregnant woman was actually arrested in her home for facebook posts that encouraged protesting against the lockdown; According to the International Labor Organization, tens of millions are being pushed into unemployment; and travel all around the world has been severely restricted by these authorities who have taken it upon themselves to be the rulers of this planet by dictating what the rest of us can and cannot do. Whether you agree with these policies or not, these things cannot logically be called “rights” since they are so very easily violated and taken away from us.
There are many other examples that demonstrate how our government given “rights” are more of a comforting illusion than an actual reality, such as the CIA’s secretive Black Site torture programs, which have been done in cooperation with other intelligence agencies and authorities throughout the world. In these programs, people have been kidnapped — without any legal criminal charge or trial — and then taken to undisclosed secret locations where many of them are tortured for many months on end, in ways that are considered to be in violation of international law and basic human rights. The CIA, of course, simply claims they are suspected terrorists. In 2014, however, a Senate Intelligence Committee Report found that at least 26 of the people that were kidnapped and tortured were actually “wrongfully detained”.
Wake Up Neo — You Are the One
Fortunately, Neo manages to escape this unthinkable situation without any serious injury or harm. Soon after, he is contacted by Morpheus, where he is told that he was very lucky that the Agents underestimated his great potential and spared him, because if the Agents had known the great secret that Morpheus knows, then Neo would probably be dead.
Confused by the obvious strangeness of everything taking place, Neo asks Morpheus what the hell is going on, and what exactly is he talking about?? Without hesitation, Morpheus replies to him, “You are the one Neo — You see, you may have spent the last few years looking for me, but I have spent my entire life looking for you.”
This is perhaps the most important lesson the new Truth seeker must eventually come to learn — We are the ones we have been waiting for to change this corrupt world my friends; and we must stop looking for heroes and human leaders to absolve us of this very serious responsibility. Instead, we must all take on the role of Morpheus — which is to awaken as many Neo’s (new minds) as we possibly can, whilst also taking on the role that represents the journey of Neo, by challenging ourselves to become the best version of who we authentically are.
By doing this, we will help to awaken and unleash the unique creative forces of each individual’s problem solving imagination; and we will also find unity in our shared struggle against the injustices, and corruption, of this inhumane system which invariably exploits us all.
If not us, then who? And if not now, then when?
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