The Matrix of your Personality

What creates the self???

The Matrix (which my English class is currently watching) proposes multiple different philosophical theories, one of which is quite interests me.

All the characters in The Matrix live in two separate worlds: the Matrix world, and the real world. Up until the point where they are disconnected from the Matrix, all things that have shaped their virtual identity have been digitally constructed. Once disconnected, it seems as though their virtual personalities carry over into the real world.

Mouse, a character from the movie, illustrated a similar idea when talking about Tasty Wheat :

“You have to wonder: how do the machines know what Tasty Wheat tasted like? Maybe they got it wrong. Maybe what I think Tasty Wheat tasted like actually tasted like oatmeal, or tuna fish. That makes you wonder about a lot of things. You take chicken, for example: maybe they couldn’t figure out what to make chicken taste like, which is why chicken tastes like everything.”

The reason for Mouse’s confusion is that he’s eaten Tasty Wheat, but he hasn’t actually eaten tasty wheat. In The Matrix, personalities are developed and brought into the real world. However, does this mean that these people don’t actually have developed personalities ?

What is it that truly creates your self ?

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