Nowadays, we farm cows for their milk. They are born into captivity, and they never see the light of the sun. They never see the outside of a factory barn. They’re born into captivity, into darkness, and they know nothing, except to give birth, to produce milk that is possibly forcibly removed from them, and then die, I guess.
But cows have wild instincts. If you were to put them outside into the natural world, they would suddenly feel that that is how things should be. Meanwhile, they’re in captivity; and if they are never shown the outside natural world, they’d just continue living in the life of slavery without knowing exactly what’s wrong, but just having this uneasy feeling that something isn’t right. But they would not have the vocabulary to describe what was wrong with this tortured life.
That may be so for cows, right? How about us? As people, we are born into a certain world. The Bible writers used the Greek word “kosmos”, which is a system, a universe, a network of existence. We might call it the Matrix. As in the movie, we might be plugged into a computer network; but we might not be. We might just be living natural biological lives in an unnatural created system, every day just going about our day. Yet, still inside a captive system, producing stuff that is taken from us. Not knowing exactly what’s wrong, but having that sense of unease, that things are wrong, yet lacking the vocabulary to really put our finger on it. For millennia, philosophers have asked, What is the meaning of life? What’s the purpose of life? And we’ve yet to come to a definitive answer. Although, it is possible to find meaning in this life that you live.
My point is not to say that we are in an actual physical matrix, although it might be so. My point is to say that we are born into a system, whatever that system is, and we accept this system as home. Yet we have this sense of unease; and we do not we know what’s the problem, but we still feel there’s some kind of problem. …