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To Thine Own Self, Be True

One of my favorite movies is “The Matrix.” In it, the main protagonist Neo, played by Keanu Reeves, visits an oracle who is supposed to tell him what his purpose is. All those around him believe that he is “The One,” he who will bring an end to the war with the machines; the savior of humanity. Neo visits the oracle to supposedly find out his fate, and while there, he views writing on the wall above an entrance to the kitchen. The writing displays two Latin words, which translate to “Know Thyself.” Through the interaction, the oracle more or less tells Neo that he is, in fact, not “The One,” and he leaves with a surreal sense of peace. 

When we each step into who we are and authentically live our lives, we all become The One.

You see, up until this point, Neo is not really in the driver’s seat. Sure, he takes the red pill, but he doesn’t really understand what that means. He’s basically going with the flow, letting all those around him tell him who he is and what he is capable of. After all, he’s The One! So he can do some really cool stuff like jump from buildings, dodge bullets, and fight with super-fast hands. But he’s doing all this simply as a gifted student, not as one who is truly responsible for how they show up in the world. 

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