IN the film The Matrix, the world as we know it is shown to be a computer simulation, a convincing and spellbinding fake.
There is a scene when Neo, the protagonist and hero, spies something in the corridor: A black cat appears, stops and has a stretch. Neo looks away.
Seconds later, he looks back: A black cat appears, stops and has a stretch. The second cat and its actions are a facsimile of the first cat. Neo is unnerved. He recognises something is amiss, but does not know what.
Was that the same cat? If so, is the cat caught in some sort of time loop? Why would that happen? What does it all mean? He simply says to his companions: ‘Déjà vu.’
Now this would be an inconsequential feeling to express under normal circumstances, but his companions are clearly disturbed by his remark. Forthwith, we discover that the problem-cat is a red flag. It is a warning sign that the matrix has glitched.
But why would it glitch? Because the code has been sneakily modified by the villainous Agents who control the matrix programme. They have altered reality.
If Neo had not observed the anomalous black cat, or had ignored it, they would have been unaware of the imminent danger they were now in.
One can conclude that one increases one’s chance of survival by looking out for red flags. Sometimes they appear insignificant or incidental and are summarily dismissed.
We do not need to be paranoid to see them. Often, they are right in front of us. Instead, by adopting ‘soft eyes’, we can look at the big picture and be mindful of any possible cloistered motivations.
This strategy would be particularly prescient in the atmosphere of Covid-19 and the Great Reset, when it comes to the consumption of current news media and government press briefings.
Recommendations for a winter lockdown in 2021, future climate change lockdowns and curfews for men after 6pm; a self-confessed Sinophile prime minister; a hate crime Bill passed in Scotland; the growing demand for facial recognition software in shops; the criminalisation of protests with the proposed Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill; an NHS test and trace budget in the billions.
Are these red flags or happenstance? Let’s take a cue from Neo. For if we fail to see the black cat, we will suffer the consequences.