“What Matters is the Connection the Word Implies.”
Thus far we’ve reviewed the first two of the four-step process that each human freed from the Matrix faces. We now move on to the third – Connection.
Once a choice has been made (even “at a near unconscious level,” as the Architect mentioned to Neo) some type of connection is made that did not exist prior to that choice.
This is the next step of the process toward enabling “change” of some type to come into existence.
The most critical connection made in the Matrix story is when Neo discovers the world of the Matrix. Prior to this, he had limited free will within the Matrix.
His first choice to “follow the white rabbit” was rewarded by his having the choice of taking the red pill. His subsequent involvement with the Matrix will effect change upon him and enable a much greater dimension of free will and choice.
There’s a Reason for the Struggle
When Rama Kandra spoke, “What matters is the connection …”, the word “matters” was loaded with meaning.
The process of “making the connection” is rarely something that is completed in an instant after making a choice. One can be “knocking on the door” of connection but still needing to accomplish something to attain it. This is related to the idea of attaining a “new level of understanding.”
As the Oracle informs Neo:
“Because you didn’t come here to make the choice, you’ve already made it. You’re here to try to understand WHY you made it.”
Which goes hand in hand with something else she said:
“We can never see past the choices we don’t understand.”
In her first dialogue, the Oracle cleverly sets down the condition and presents a major choice for Neo – one that will eventually lead to his making a connection that leads to a change in his ‘status,’ internally and in the eyes of those close to him.
Recall, she had dropped this on him:
“You’re going to have to make a choice. In the one hand you’ll have Morpheus’ life and in the other hand you’ll have your own. One of you is going to die. Which one will be up to you.”
That choice led to a new connection for Neo, and a change to his understanding. From their his selflessness in placing others ahead of himself, would merit his further advancement.