If you haven’t already joined an alien cult (highly recommended as a great way to meet interesting new friends) then you might want to check out the Internet based religious movement inspired by the motion picture trilogy The Matrix. Don’t worry, it’s a lot more fun that Scientology, simply because the Wachowski Brothers are way better Sci-Fi writers than Ron Hubbard.
Matrixism is a syncretic or ecumenical faith based on the commercial Matrix trilogy. Though Matrixists or Pathists (as they are also known) cite references to "the matrix" from an obscure text of the Bahá'í Faith, called "The Promulgation of Universal Peace", they’re basically huge Neo fans (see alien magic/Neo image). . The commercial Matrix trilogy movies, and video games are generally considered to be the "sacred text" of the movement.
Matrixism carries with it four main beliefs that are described as "The Four Tenets of Matrixism". These tenets are a belief in the messianic apocalyptic prophecy (the movie says it will be the year 2199), use of psychedelic drugs as sacrament, a perception of reality as multi-layered and semi-subjective, and adherence to the principles of at least one of the world's major religions until the One returns. A religious law specific to Matrixism includes banning all forms pornography as a form of prostitution, and particularily in regards to protecting children. Even though they believe psychedelic drugs are a valid path to spiritual enlightenment if one chooses, it is strongly stressed that other forms of addictives and narcotics are banned along with professional sports.
This internet based movement was conceived by an anonymous group in the summer of 2004 and boasts an internet “congregation” of a several hundred people. The adopted symbol for Matrixism is the Japanese Kanji symbol for "red". This symbol was used in the video game "Enter the Matrix". The color is a reference to the red pill, which represents an acceptance of and ability to see truth, as established early in the first Matrix film. There is some debate about how serious the practitioners of Matrixism are about their newfound religion, but it’s not my place to judge! For the record, if someone handed me an unidentified red pill I would think twice before consuming it. Then I would definitely consume it. Wee
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