"believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it . . . unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense." - Buddhai was having a deep conversation with a good friend a few weeks ago about choices and he handed me the matrix and the matrix reloaded dvds to watch. i had seen about 15 minutes of the matrix years ago, but i have never watched the whole thing. i have to say - i was impressed. it definitely lives up to all the hype. i have heard people say how philosophical the movies are, and beyond the sci fi exterior there is some meaningful philosophy about belief and choice. my favorite quotes from the movie come from morpheus:
"don't think you are. know you are."
"there is a difference between knowing the path,
and walking the path."
i find it very interesting that during the most personally introspective time i've had in years, i keep finding books and movies, quotes and new theories, and having deep conversations with friends that seem to accelerate my own path to self discovery. maybe these things were there all the time; on my bookshelf, in the background, next door, and i never let them in. i love that the people that i've chosen as my friends seem to bring out the best in me - and that i'm inspired to be a better person by their example.
the path to self discovery is a long, sometimes exhausting journey. but everything you need to make it is given to you, usually right when it will have the greatest impact. this is not new information - i've always known this. but i haven't experienced it in such a powerful way as i have over the last few months. i love that about life - i love it when this happens. i love hearing about others who are having a similar journey. it is what makes me glad to be alive.