Daily Dialogue theme next week: Elevator
Scott Myers
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The Matrix (1999), written by Lilly Wachowski & Lana Wachowski (as The Wachowski Brothers).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EocwWnIVouo

NEO: There is no spoon.

DIALOGUE ON DIALOGUE: This is a callback to an earlier conversation Neo had while waiting to meet the Oracle for the first time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAXtO5dMqEI

SPOON BOY: Do not try and bend the spoon. That’s impossible. Instead, only try to realize the truth.
NEO: What truth?
SPOON BOY: There is no spoon. 
NEO: There is no spoon?
SPOON BOY: Then you’ll see that it is not the spoon that bends. It is only yourself.

Neo is approaching his final showdown with Agent Smith, and one piece of the puzzle he needs to solve is how to overcome the all-powerful agents. He has tried and failed to win on the agents’ terms, in terms of the illusory world of The Matrix. Neo now reminds himself of that illusion, that he must realize the truth. Only then can he “bend” to overcome the limits he thinks he must operate within (such as surviving being hauled to the top of an elevator shaft by the falling weights or dodging bullets).

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