Monday, March 12, 2018

To Be Or Not To Be

Within The Matrix, the most frequently used successful operating system is hypocrisy. It is actually the foundational support beneath well-crafted illusion. 

The Matrix cannot exist without it.

Hypocrisy, as defined, sounds ugly and distasteful, a thing to be scorned and avoided. But sheltered within The Matrix, hypocrisy gets a mask to wear, something that then makes it much more acceptable to ever changing human sensibilities.

The hypocrisy behind the mask sounds even better than it looks. It’s smooth talking, cordial, diplomatic, intellectual, and appeals in rich pleasant tones to the internal desires of humans to be flattered, uplifted and encouraged, even if the words are empty and have no end game other than to persuade and herd to its dark agenda.

The success of hypocrisy’s purpose depends on that which is delivered, with emotion and gentility, those words that only resonate with the perception of goodness and virtue, and as such will be embraced to be the truth with no questions asked. Therefore, hypocrisy, with the help of illusion, presents itself, first and foremost, as righteous, charitable, all embracing, egalitarian, accepting, fair, and moral. Above all else, hypocrisy declares itself to be the standard and thus the ultimate champion of high morality.

But unfortunately, within The Matrix everything is illusion, so there is no substantive truth allowed. The marks, aka citizens, are the masses who have been gently conditioned to prefer the good-sounding words, the charming lies, the eloquently delivered self-righteous demand that those who dare to speak truth with rough and raw words must be silenced!

Truth, in any form, is not welcome in The Matrix and must be challenged.

The irony, of course, is that those who pump fists in the air and complain about distasteful rough truth allowed to escape into the perfectly ordered Matrix, are, at the same time, those who openly embrace and give golden awards to every level of immoral behavior expressed in writing, music and film spewed out daily onto the populace, young and old, like projectile vomit.

The question is therefore begged: who can claim to be the Morality Police when there is no genuine morality - anywhere? How can any standard be enforced if all standards have been decimated?

In The Matrix where we are not only allowed but encouraged to cherry pick our sensibilities, where words and meanings are often redesigned and retrofitted to the concepts du jour, where silk illusions are expertly woven and preferred over utilitarian burlap truth, is a world knee-deep in hypocrisy so debilitating that there is no remedy that humankind could ever muster of and by itself.

While I may not be able to fully understand why this has to be, I do fear that this condition cannot ever right itself at this far-gone point. A day of reckoning is over-due. And while I might have to live here, I do not have to buy in. So, though I might stand alone in outing this, I admit to preferring a rough textured, raw truth over a good sounding smooth lie - any day.

Unfortunately, those who wear the mask that fronts hypocrisy are too blinded by their own goodness to know that they are not real.

And there’s the rub.

For Him,



  1. I read this through. Then read it through again. And again. As I presume it is with others, my walk with the Lord is rarely a straight line. Yet all the twists and turns lead in the same direction towards the end goal. My latest bend in the road is through Matthew 5:8 - blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.

    Sounds simple enough but it is quite an upward climb for me. How, exactly, does one get - then keep - a pure heart? Recently read a teaching pointing out that if we keep our heart right, we will not have to worry about our words because it is out of the fullness of the heart that our mouth speaks and actions follow. Proverbs 4:23 – Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.

    Yet our heart is not naturally pure as Jeremiah 17:9 points out – The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?

    So as I jog along these days, my focus is on getting in harmony with Jesus so He can purify my heart. Simple, right?

    Then I read this and thought, “who am I kidding?”

    But God. Impossible things happen every day when He is in it. So I am dreaming the impossible dream that God, in Christ Jesus, will purify my heart so I can truly see Him . . . and walk like Him . . . and talk like Him.

    Thank you for this, Meema. May you be blessed with a pure heart. :D

    1. I appreciate your commenting. I’m starting to feel that I am truly a voice crying in the wilderness. So many crickets out here. :-)

      Whereas I have always felt that if I said what was true and needed to be said, God would use it as He chose and I could be blissfully unaware of how. Lately, I’m feeling that maybe I should just shut up.

      However, to address your self doubt, there is a small tell that, when I point it out, seems to bring comfort to those who fear they aren’t good enough, pure enough, righteous enough.

      Here it is...ready?

      If you wonder about it - even fret over whether you are good enough - spend anxious moments beating yourself up for a laundry list of missteps - then you probably have nothing to worry about. We aren’t good enough - but He is.

      On the flip side, if you live as though you are fully righteous and consider yourself to be doing everything up to par, checking every box in the Good-for-Goodness-Sake column you might be a hypocrite, holding a form of godliness but having denied the power thereof.

      Blessings to you too!

      (2 Timothy 3:1-5) But know this, that in the last days grievous times shall come. (3:2) For men shall be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, haughty, railers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, (3:3) without natural affection, implacable, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, no lovers of good, (3:4) traitors, headstrong, puffed up, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God; (3:5) holding a form of godliness, but having denied the power thereof: from these also turn away.

  2. I read this and the comment and it hit me that maybe we should define what being holy means. I used to belong to a “Holiness” church. The rules were pretty strict. If you didn’t obey the rules you were the opposite of holy and definitely sinful. When I left that church because the pastor got caught having an affair and the whole thing felt like one big hypocritical mess, for years after, I still felt guilty somehow if I had a glass of wine now and again. I am rethinking all of it now. What is holy and who gets to decide? This is a quote from A.W. Tozer

    “Holy is what God is. He is not only holy but He is holy. There is no human standard by which to measure divine holiness. God's absolute holiness is humanly incomprehensible but the nearer we draw to Him, the holier we become.”
    Thanks for this.

    1. Yes! That is so true! I absolutely agree that we only think we know what ‘holy’ means and how we define it depends entirely on human opinion, not necessarily God’s. This is a dynamic that crosses over and exists in both religious and secular world. Honestly, when I wrote this I was thinking about the hypocrisy in Hollywood but hypocrisy seems to be a condition that rules the way we view everything now doesn’t it? Wow!

    2. Funny how that works, isn't it? :D

    3. VL, sounds like we came from a similar background. The holier we become, the more joyful we will be!

  3. Oh my, I just came by to read comments after posting a call to have JOY in our holiness. It seems so apropos in view of the above comments! Holiness is joyful. If our brand is not, we may want to reconsider what we've got.
    Thanks as always Meema,