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The Truman Show & The Matrix

This movie makes some good points about simulations in relation to perfection and the ideals associated with a utopian society. It was very coincidental that in both The Truman Show and The Matrix the characters of Truman and Neo both rejected their simulated lives. Truman rejects his world, one he had known all his life at the end of the film and leaves the studio in search of the real world. He uncharacteristically chooses the unknown instead of the familiar. Similarly, Neo, whose idea of the real world is actually a simulation, rejects the Matrix and his “real world.”

Both Neo and Truman choose to live in a much harsher world that is full of devastation, poverty and real issues. They abandon the cradle where they were living and branch out into uncharted territory. It is clear that Truman has no idea what awaits him as he stands at the exit of the studio pondering what to do. The world in which Neo chooses, Zion, is one where uncertainty and unpredictability are two very prominent themes. So the question remains, why would these two men reject perfection and utopia?

Even if they were simulations, neither of them knew it at the time and up until they found out they were living good and acceptable lives. Here is what I think. Man as a species does not like being deceived, they do not like to be misled. To continue, the human race is a stubborn race to say the least. Going back and living like mindless zombies in these simulation worlds would be giving in to the higher power that was controlling them all along. They would much rather endure pain and suffering in a cruel world than to never have felt it at all living in a perfect world.

Kayla's Blog has an interesting thought on simulations and their place in both worlds as well.

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Why reject perfection? In Koster's terms, they've grokked the game, and now it ceases to hold meaning for them. Selling out your fellow humans so you can taste simulated food is the action of someone who prefers the fantasy -- and given the RL depcited in the movie, the appeal of the simulation is understandable.


It's All Fake, The Matrix / Truman Show is Real - The Real World Does Not Exist.

Recently published scientific research states that most people don’t have first hand evidence of distant places. People only travel in a small area around their work and home.

The whole world is living in a real Truman show/ Matrix.

What people know of the real world has nothing to do with real life experiences but is second hand from books, TV and the Internet.

People tend to visit the same places over and over again.

On the Truman show the main character is imprisoned in a massive television sound stage that contains his entire home town. He fights to escape when he realises his world is fake. His world had defined boundaries, the walls of the sound stage.

Intuitively we think that we understand our own natural behaviour.....
For research and more comment see

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