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LIST OF TOPICS
- ‘Creator vs Creator
- Pattern & Systemic Anomaly (from singularity)
- Mother and Father as one
We certainly don’t want to leave you with the impression that the Architect was a dull character, with little to offer. In fact, he offers indirect insight into the single most important kabbalistic concept there is.
Architect: I am the Architect. I created the Matrix. I’ve been waiting for you.
A logical question to ask here is: “In what manner is the Architect “the Creator” if he himself is a created program?
Let’s back up to our introductory article on the worlds of existence, where we discussed how there are two aspects to what we call ‘God.’ One of these includes all concepts of God that we can perceive, including what we read about, discuss, pray to, etc. This is the aspect of “the Creator” as we understand within existence.
This is the ‘God’ we read of in the first verse of the Bible. The “creator” of existence, who is within existence. This parallels the Architect.
All we can know about ‘God,’ is based on God’s interaction with us and creation (i.e., the Program and Matrix worlds). Whatever we think of regarding ‘God,’ has nothing to do with God as “pure singularity”
The Architect himself is a program – a ‘creation.’ He may be the highest entity “within existence,” but something “outside of existence” pre-existed him and everything else.
This is the aspect of God’s ‘infiniteness or ‘singularity’ which we cannot fathom. God in pure essence before or outside of what we may consider existence. This is referred to as both the world of ‘pre-existence’ and sefirah of ‘Keter’ (depending on context.)
As we explain, infiniteness ‘contains’ everything there is – this includes the finite. Thus, we can fathom conceptually, that there is a ‘connection’ or ‘interface’ between finite and infiniteness. One can say that finiteness ‘touches’ infiniteness at some point.
In the Matrix there is a ‘representation’ of this “point of interface” in the form of the mysterious “Deus ex Machina” that Neo comes to face at the end of the Matrix Revolutions. As “the One,” Neo not only was able to connect to this “furthest point of finiteness,” but through his final act of bittul/self-abegnation, he was “taken beyond”
Let’s take a look at the entire dialogue and what lies ‘behind the scenes.’ The biggest question throughout this analysis will be the ‘Why?’ behind everything.
Architect: Hello, Neo.
Neo: Who are you?
WHY is Neo unaware of the Architect? Sure, the Oracle later tells him that he wasn’t “ready to know” – but what does this tell us?
As far as Neo was concerned, he was on his way to “the Source.” This is Neo’s first step completely “outside of creation,” beyond the three worlds of; the Matrix, the programs, and the Oracle.
As a reminder, the Oracle represents ‘Binah/Understanding.’ This is the emanation that ‘connects’ the lower seven (the program and Matrix worlds) to the upper three worlds of the Oracle, Architect and the Source.
A key kabbalistic concept is that the “father and mother are never separated.” Separation occurs only in the lower worlds. As such, each of them can give very deep insight into the other. The Architect’s view of the Oracle is presented further down in this article.
For the moment we will cut away to the main conversation about the Architect, which involves the Oracle and Neo. As mentioned, asking ‘Why’ is at the heart of advancement.
Neo: You helped me to get here, but my question is why? Where does this go? Where does it end?
Oracle: I don’t know.
Neo: You don’t know or you won’t tell me?
Oracle: I told you before. No one can see beyond a choice they don’t understand, and I mean no one.
Neo: What choice?
Oracle: It doesn’t matter. It’s my choice. I have mine to make, same as you have yours.
Neo: Does that include what things to tell me and what not to tell me?
Oracle: Of course not.
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?
Oracle: Because it wasn’t time for you to know.
Neo: Who decided it wasn’t time?
Oracle: You know who. *She points at the Temet Nosce sign above the door*
Neo: I did. *Oracle nods* Then I think it’s time for me to know a few more things.
Oracle: So do I.
Imagine yourself a grown adult, with decades of life experience. You have a chance to go back in time, take all of that deep knowledge, and pour it into the mind of your 10-year old self.
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 it 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.
Neo: The Architect told me that if I didn’t return to the Source, Zion would be destroyed by midnight tonight.
Oracle: *rolls eyes* Please… You and I may not be able to see beyond our own choices, but that man can’t see past any choices.
Neo: Why not?
Oracle: He doesn’t understand them – he can’t. To him they are variables in an equation. One at a time each variable must be solved and countered. That’s his purpose: to balance an equation.
Neo: What’s your purpose?
Oracle: To unbalance it.
When Neo passed through the single point of light, he entered into the world of Atzu
Architect: I am the Architect. I created the Matrix. I’ve been waiting for you. You have many questions, and though the process has altered your consciousness, you remain irrevocably human. Ergo some of my answers you will understand, and some of them you will not. Concordantly, while your first question may be the most pertinent, you may or may not realize it is also the most irrelevant.
The last sentence is not some snide comment of superiority from the Architect. It is a relevant statement of fact. He is pointing out something to Neo – namely that he is not in a ‘position’ to even know what question to ask. Ironically, this closely relates to what the Oracle said about, “not being able to see past the choices we cannot understand.”
Neo: Why am I here?
Architect: Your life is the sum of a remainder of an unbalanced equation inherent to the programming of the Matrix. You are the eventuality of an anomaly, which, despite my sincerest efforts, I have been unable to eliminate from what is otherwise a harmony of mathematical precision. While it remains a burden assiduously avoided, it is not unexpected, and thus not beyond a measure of control. Which has led you, inexorably… here.
Neo: You haven’t answered my question.
Architect: Quite right. Interesting. That was quicker than the others.
TV Neos: Others? How many others? What others? Answer my question!
Architect: The Matrix is older than you know. I prefer counting from the emergence of one integral anomaly to the emergence of the next, in which case this is the 6th version.
TV Neos: Five One’s before me? 4 3 2 What are you talking about?
Neo: There are only two possible explanations, either no one told me, or no one knows.
Architect: Precisely. As you are undoubtedly gathering, the anomaly is systemic – creating fluctuations in even the most simplistic equations.
TV Neos: You can’t control me! I’m gonna smash you to bits! I’ll fuckin’ kill you!
Neo: Choice. The problem is choice.
Architect: The first Matrix I designed was quite naturally perfect, it was a work of art – flawless, sublime. A triumph equalled only by its monumental failure. The inevitability of its doom is apparent to me now as a consequence of the imperfection inherent in every human being. Thus, I redesigned it based on your history to more accurately reflect the varying grotesqueries of your nature. However, I was again frustrated by failure. I have since come to understand that the answer eluded me because it required a lesser mind, or perhaps a mind less bound by the parameters of perfection. Thus the answer was stumbled upon by another – an intuitive program, initially created to investigate certain aspects of the human psyche. If I am the father of the matrix, she would undoubtedly be its mother.
Neo: The Oracle.
Architect: Please. As I was saying, she stumbled upon a solution whereby nearly 99% of all test subjects accepted the program, as long as they were given a choice, even if they were only aware of the choice at a near unconscious level. While this answer functioned, it was obviously fundamentally flawed, thus creating the otherwise contradictory systemic anomaly, that if left unchecked might threaten the system itself. Ergo those that refused the program, while a minority, if unchecked, would constitute an escalating probability of disaster.
Neo: This is about Zion.
Architect: You are here because Zion is about to be destroyed – its every living inhabitant terminated, its entire existence eradicated.
TV Neos: Bullshit!
Architect: Denial is the most predictable of all human responses, but rest assured, this will be the sixth time we have destroyed it, and we have become exceedingly efficient at it.
The function of the One is now to return to the Source, allowing a temporary dissemination of the code you carry, reinserting the prime program. After which, you will be required to select from the Matrix 23 individuals – 16 female, 7 male – to rebuild Zion. Failure to comply with this process will result in a cataclysmic system crash, killing everyone connected to the Matrix, which, coupled with the extermination of Zion, will ultimately result in the extinction of the entire human race.
Neo: You won’t let it happen. You can’t. You need human beings to survive.
Architect: There are levels of survival we are prepared to accept. However, the relevant issue is whether or not you are ready to accept the responsibility of the death of every human being on this world. It is interesting, reading your reactions. Your 5 predecessors were, by design, based on a similar predication – a contingent affirmation that was meant to create a profound attachment to the rest of your species, facilitating the function of the One. While the others experienced this in a very general way, your experience is far more specific – vis a vis love.
Architect: Apropos, she entered the Matrix to save your life, at the cost of her own.
Architect: Which brings us at last to the moment of truth, wherein the fundamental flaw is ultimately expressed, and the anomaly revealed as both beginning and end. There are two doors. The door to your right leads to the Source, and the salvation of Zion. The door to your left leads back to the Matrix, to her and to the end of your species. As you adequately put, the problem is choice. But we already know what you are going to do, don’t we? Already, I can see the chain reaction – the chemical precursors that signal the onset of an emotion, designed specifically to overwhelm logic and reason – an emotion that is already blinding you from the simple and obvious truth. She is going to die, and there is nothing you can do to stop it.
Architect: Hope. It is the quintessential human delusion, simultaneously the source of your greatest strength and your greatest weakness.
Neo: If I were you, I would hope that we don’t meet again.
Architect: We won’t.