Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Why the faith of Morpheus does not bother me
I have mentioned in the past that I am big fan of the Matrix trilogy. Unquestionably, my favorite character is Morpheus. How can this be, when Morpheus is the quintessential man of faith, and I reject all religious faith? Morpheus' faith was quasi-religious, and I should be condemning him for holding to his beliefs against all objective evidence, even when both the Oracle and Neo told him that his faith was vain.
I read an interesting essay that found Morpheus to be the classic "knight of faith" described by Søren Kierkegaard in Fear and Trembling. Why am I not laughing at Morpheus' folly (forgetting for a moment that his faith was ultimately vindicated by the Coen brothers)?
I suppose the difference between Morpheus and most believers is found in this exchange in Matrix Reloaded. I have no problem with people like Morpheus that hold to unproved (and/or unprovable) theories, but do not expect the rest of us to follow suit.