Early in The Matrix, Neo learns that his life as he knows it has been an illusion, a computer-generated world beyond anything even his own computer-hacker sensibilities can comprehend. He gets over his shock swiftly and undertakes the task of liberating others from the virtual fate that’s been forced on them. Neo’s path to enlightenment is quick and smooth. He is sought out by those who already understand the truth and given the choice to learn the truth or return to a life of falsity. He chooses the red pill—the choice that opens his eyes and changes his direction from lazy hacker to hero of the universe. Neo never shows much emotion, and we get a sense of his growing self-confidence mainly by watching his increasingly shocking and skilful fighting moves.
In her own words Dorothy Gale helps us to understand that wisdom is not granted by a wizard or teacher, it is realised by searching within:-
“..if I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own back yard; because if it isn’t there, I never really lost it to begin with.”
Unhealed wounds of the past can cause destructive behaviour and motivation, but if we look at our past experiences, especially those of pain and loss and come to understand the roots of violence and suffering, we may find an opportunity to heal, develop, and grow to be wise or at least wiser. Like the story of Oz, witches and cyclones, while wicked and destructive, can be vehicles for spiritual growth and wisdom.
If we asked you what the X-Men movies are a metaphor for, a lot of you would probably say "growing knives out of your hands and stabbing people." Others would point out that the comic was originally about the 1960s civil rights movement and racism, so the movies must be, too. The X-Men films are actually one big metaphor for gay rights.
Now, you probably noticed some of the more obvious clues in the movies but took them as isolated jokes -- like the scene in X2 where Iceman "comes out" to his parents and they ask him "Have you tried not being a mutant?" or the one in X-Men: First Class where Beast is in a similar situation and says "You didn't ask, so I didn't tell."
The words of Michael Corleone, “Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.”
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Ferris Bueller says “Live moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
Dr Peter Venkman’s retort “"I don't have to take this abuse from you. I've got hundreds of people dying to abuse me."”
Dead Poet’s Society
John’s Keating’s powerful words, “Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.”
Tyler Durden’s words “You're not your job. You're not how much money you have in the bank. You're not the car you drive. You're not the contents of your wallet. You're not your fucking khakis.”
Rafiki’s words “Oh yes, the past can hurt. But you can either run from it, or learn from it.”
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Dumbledore’s statement, “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to your enemies, but a great deal more to stand up to your friends.”
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Dumbledore’s words to Harry, “It is not our abilities that show what we truly are…it is our choices.”
The Dark Night
True words from a real crazy. The Joker, “in their last moments people show you who they really are.”
Peter Pan’s powerful words, “To live, would be an awfully big adventure.”
The statement of the relationship coach, “Never lie, steal, cheat, or drink. But if you must lie, lie in the arms of the one you love. If you must steal, steal away from bad company. If you must cheat, cheat death. And if you must drink, drink in the moments that take your breath away“