Do you know kung fu? It's a green-tinted techno-fight inside The Story Cauldron today as we discuss Plato's Allegory of the Cave, Buddhist ideas of enlightenment, and how McDonald's is taking over the human race; welcome to the Desert of the Real - we're reading The Matrix.
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The Parable of the Burning House: an excerpt from Chapter Three of the Buddhist Lotus Sutra which parallels with Plato's Allegory of the Cave.
A slightly-more-in-depth (but still brief) explanation of Baudrillard's "simulacra," available on Laureen Andalib's blog. (Or, if you like your summaries with more profanity, Continent published a humorous "translation" of Baudrillard's book into American English.)
In their article "Wake Up!" published in The Journal of Religion and Film, Flannery-Dailey and Wagner do an excellent job teasing out Buddhist themes in The Matrix, as well as something that we did not have time to discuss (in this episode): gnosticism. Click for a free download!