The cult favorite movie Matrix has an epic scene where Morpheus tells Neo about the Matrix.
Here is how the scene went in reality.
There are two seats with a table in the middle. On top of the table there is a glass with water. It is clearly an old room with old doors. There is an old fireplace next to the seats, and it is turned off. Morpheus is in the room in front of a window. Camera focuses on him. He smiles. A thunder clashes in the background.
MORPHEUS “At last.” Walks forward.
MORPHEUS “Welcome, Rahul”. Camera switches back to Morpheus. He is wearing a black leather trench coat.
MORPHEUS “As you no doubt have guessed, I am Morpheus.” RAHUL “It’s an honor to meet you”. They shake hands.
MORPHEUS “No… the honor is mine. Please, come. Sit”. Rahul sits down; he feels awkward, nervous and confused. Trinity crosses in front of the camera. Door is closed OF. Camera cuts to Morpheus releasing the door handle. Turns and starts walking slowly towards Rahul.
MORPHEUS “I imagine that right now you’re feeling a bit like Alice. Tumbling down the rabbit hole?” Rahul is listening closely.
RAHUL ”Not at all, I have had many many press conferences that you have seen.” Morpheus smiles. He walks behind his chair.
MORPHEUS “I can see it in your eyes. You have the look of a man who accepts what he sees because he is expecting to wake up. Ironically, this is not far from the truth. Do you believe in fate?”
RAHUL (without hesitation) “No. The real issue is that I didn’t choose to be born in this family, I didn’t sign up and say that I like to be born in this family it happened, so the choice in front of me is pretty simple I can either turn around and say okay I will just walk away from this thing and leave it alone or I can say I can try and improve something”
MORPHEUS (thinking, WTF!) “Please Explain That”
RAHUL “Because I don’t like unfairness. It just makes my blood boil. I don’t like it.”
MORPHEUS: (In his mind , WTF is he talking about) Aloud: “I know exactly what you mean”.
Morpheus sits and crosses his legs. He plays with a metal box in his hands. Rahul is intrigued. “Let me tell you why you’re here. You’re here because you know something. What you know you can’t explain. But you feel it. You’ve felt it your entire life. There’s something wrong with the world. You don’t know what it is, but it’s there. Like a splinter in your mind. Driving you mad. It is this feeling that has brought you to me.”
Pause. Morpheus stops playing with the box. “Do you know what I’m talking about?” RAHUL “The System? . Well, You sort of implied that, but maybe I look like an anomaly in the environment that I’m in. Maybe that’s what you’re saying and frankly in a lot of ways, I am an anomaly in the environment that I’m in. I don’t get driven by the desire for power. I’m just not driven by it. For me power is an instrument that can be used for certain things. But for me, it’s not interesting to own it, to capture it or to hold it. Maybe its because of my family circumstances and what happened to my family. Power per se, the quest for power, the thirst for power is not there is me. What is there in me, is a desire, a strong desire to reduce the pain that people feel. To reduce the pain that people feel as a result of the system that is predatory. As a result of the system that need not be there. As a result of system that can change if we just start to ask the deeper question. And we stop asking the superficial questions. Again, and maybe the seventh time I want to repeat it to you. What are those deeper questions? The deeper question is….”
MORPHEUS (dazed) “No. The Matrix!. Do you want to know what it is?” Rahul nods. He is at the edge of his seat.
MORPHEUS “The Matrix is everywhere. It is all around us. Even now, in this very room. You can see it when you look out your window, or when you turn on your television. You can feel it when you go to work, when you go to Church, when you pay your taxes. It is the world that has been put over your eyes to blind you from the truth.”
Rahul gets closer to Morpheus.
RAHUL “What truth? I have given a sworn affidavit saying I that I have got these degrees, If I am lying on these affidavits let him take the legal process and solve it , what more do you want me to do.”
MORPHEUS “NO! .That you are a slave, Rahul. Like everyone else, you were born into bondage, born into a prison that you cannot smell, or taste, or touch. A prison for your mind. Unfortunately, no one can be told what the System is. You have to see it for yourself.” RAHUL
You’re going back Arnab. I mean Morpheus.
Rahul: “It’s not specifics. It’s frankly superficialities”
How is it superficial?
RAHUL “It’s completely superficial”
MORPHEUS (Frustrated): This is the most relevant question. I am talking about the Matrix.
RAHUL No it’s not. Whether Mr. Shinde should’ve apologised, whether he should’ve done this or done that is, it’s a fact and it happened. But the real core issues in this election are, 1)Are we going to head towards a democracy, towards deepening our democracy and towards opening up the system or are we going to head towards concentration of power? 2) Are we going to head towards empowerment of women? Are we going to be a half strong nation? Be a half proud nation? Or are we going to actually empower women? Those are the questions.
MORPHEUS (thinking) “Is he drunk?”
Morpheus gets closer to Rahul. He opens the box and looks inside. What is inside cannot be seen. Morpheus takes the contents, puts the box on the table and leans forward. He stares at Rahul.
You are not answering my question, but I will answer the question and that will give you some insight into how Rahul Gandhi thinks. For that I will have to expand a little bit about my growing up, how I grew up and the circumstances in which I grew up.
MORPHEUS: (solemnly) “This is your last chance. After this there is no turning back. You take the blue pill- Opens his left hand and reveals the blue pill. –the story ends, you wake up in your bed and you believe whatever you want to. You take the red pill-
RAHUL: “But let me just go back and let me give you… Let me go further than that. The central question in all this is who chooses political candidates and how? The central issue in all this is what is the power of the Member of Parliament, the power of the MLA and the power of the Pradhan in political system?”
MORPHEUS: Opens his right hand and reveals the red pill. –you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes”.
RAHUL In my life I have seen my grandmother die, I have seen my father die, I have seen my grandmother go to jail and I have actually been through a tremendous amount of pain as a child when these things happen to you, what I had to scared of I lost, there is absolutely nothing I am scared of. I have an aim, I have a clear aim in my mind and the aim is that I do not like what I see in Indian politics, it is something that is inside my heart. It is like in our mythology when they talk about Arjun, he only sees one thing, he does not see anything else, you asked me about Mr. Modi you ask me about anything and the thing that I see is that the system in this country needs to change, I don’t see anything else and I am blind to everything else. I am blind because I saw people I love destroyed by the system. I am blind because the system everyday is unfair to our people
Pause. Morpheus has both his hands open, holding one pill in each. Rahul hesitates, then quickly reaches out to grab one.
MORPHEUS “Oh Sorry“ Rahul stops. The red pill is reflected on one lens of Rahul’ sunglasses, the blue is reflected on the other. Morpheus is reflected on both, his hand over the red pill. “The red pill is also a headache pill. Unfortunately You can’t have it as I need it to fix the splitting headache that you just gave me.” Morpheus takes the red pill. He slowly grabs the water glass from the table and drinks it. Rahul smiles, satisfied. Thunder roars in the background. Morpheus finishes the water. Rahul takes the Blue and gets up.
RAHUL “Now Morpheus, Let me tell you why you’re here. You’re here because you know something. What you know you can’t explain. But you feel it. You’ve felt it your entire life. There’s something wrong with the world. You don’t know what it is, but it’s there. Like a splinter in your mind. Driving you mad. It is this feeling that has brought you to me.“ Pause. Morpheus is Intrigued
MORPHEUS “Brought me to you??”
RAHUL “Do you know what I’m talking about?“ MORPHEUS Huh ??!!
RAHUL THE SYSTEM !, MORPHEUS. I am talking about the System.