Monday, December 13, 2010

Purpose

This is one of many parts in the ongoing series of working on being a man.

You remember that scene in The Matrix Reloaded where Agent Smith and Neo were at the park and Smith was talking about purpose? In case you don't here's a refresher.

Agent Smith: But, as you well know, appearances can be deceiving, which brings me back to the reason why we're here. We're not here because we're free. We're here because we're not free. There is no escaping reason; no denying purpose. Because as we both know, without purpose, we would not exist.
[Several Agent Smith Clones walk in]
Agent Smith Clone 1: It is purpose that created us.
Agent Smith Clone 2: Purpose that connects us.
Agent Smith Clone 3: Purpose that pulls us.
Agent Smith Clone 4: That guides us.
Agent Smith Clone 5: That drives us.
Agent Smith Clone 6: It is purpose that defines us.
Agent Smith Clone 7: Purpose that binds us.
Agent Smith: We are here because of you, Mr Anderson. We're here to take from you what you tried to take from us.
[Attempts to copy himself into Neo]
Agent Smith: Purpose.


As The System dictates we are slaves to purpose. We do what we are supposed to do in order to justify our existence. If we do not do it then we do not matter. If we do not do it then we are a failure at what we are supposed to be. If we do not do it then something is wrong with us.

I think that's bullshit. However calling it bullshit is not enough. We need to talk this out.

Simply put men have "purpose" according to The System's design. We're rough. Our emotional range is limited to rage and lust. We are supposed marry a woman and have kids. We're rugged, hairy, have scars, and should never be considered as anything other than "manly". These are the things that those of use that are born with the Y chromosome (and only those with the Y chromosome for some reason) must do in order to be counted.

But there is one big problem with this setup. This setup depends on either men believing that we must do those things in order to be considered men or that The System is so crushing and oppressive that we will just shut up and fulfill our "purpose" whether we want to or not. When men start to rise up and demand to be free from such bonds and expectations The System things will eventually shake up and ultimately change for the better (for all us even those among us who are not men).

The times are a changing guys. We should not be defined by what we do. Sure what we do is a part of our lives but what we do should not becomes our lives. There is nothing stopping us from doing what we want (barring harming other people mind you). There is nothing stopping us from creating and living by a purpose of our choosing rather than being bound by a purpose created for us.


(I just took a few moments to rewrite that speech. Its not set in stone its just a little something I whipped up.)
Agent Smith: But, as you well know, appearances can be deceiving, which brings me back to the reason why we're here. We're not here to serve someone else's purpose. We're here find and live our own purpose. There is escape in our reason; no denying our choice. Because as we both know, by finding our own purpose, we live, not merely exist.
[Several Agent Smith Clones walk in]
Agent Smith Clone 1: It is us that creates purpose.
Agent Smith Clone 2: Purpose this is defined by us.
Agent Smith Clone 3: Purpose that is made for us.
Agent Smith Clone 4: That aids us.
Agent Smith Clone 5: That motivates us.
Agent Smith Clone 6: It is purpose that is designed by us.
Agent Smith Clone 7: Purpose that assists us.
Agent Smith: We are here because of you, Mr Anderson. We're here to create for ourselves that which you created for yourself.
Agent Smith: Purpose.
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