EMPIRE by Malian lyrics

So many ways to be and do

We follow what we think is true

We fail, we learn, we grow, we change

Our natural rights remain the same.

So leave me my autonomy,

To choose what I want to be,

If I need to learn you need to teach

But maybe you could learn from me

(Chorus) Empire

Using all the ways and means to gain power

I wonder what it would be like

If we all did what’s right

And honor the light

Inside

Your impulse too consolidate

Is making life so second rate

When others’ voice you suffocate

We die when we cannot create

So get this monkey off my back

Consumerism it’s like crack

Manipulation is your tool

Assuming that we are all fools.

(Chorus)

Your fragile ego wants to see

Other people like machines

Reduced to doing what you bid,

Only servants of your id.

I’m honoring my inner spark

I won’t leave others in the dark

The day will come, the tide will surge

A global culture will emerge

From every heart and every soul

There is no centralized control

We start when we respect ourselves

And then connect with someone else.

(Chorus)

Be sincere, be sincere and love

Be sincere and love

This life so precious

Leaves me breathless

Journey into ethnography of whiteness without a higher degree: how I learned to stop worrying and send only love.

As an anthropologist who wanted to study whiteness and found very little interest or support inside of this traditionally colonial field of study, I think that time has shown us we actually need to deconstruct whiteness in order to solve climate change.  What creates our idea of what white people even are?  How can someone who is not white colored “act white”?  We have this collection of stereotypes about how white people act and what whiteness is, like being overly severe, being unforgiving and judgmental, being obsessed with control, cleanliness, punishment and so on.  

These qualities are all just too vague and disconnected to describe something that has so much influence on all our lives; which leads me to suggest that there is a massive amount of cultural work being done both to construct whiteness and make it a cohesive, coordinated cultural meme, and at the same time to disguise its true nature so that we come to associate whiteness with superficial outcomes only, such as having a clean house and enough money in the bank.

People who inquire into “whiteness” and what whiteness is, the cultural, emotional, and sociopolitical threads that weave whiteness together, are often taken aback by how shockingly immoral the answers are.  My guess is that we don’t even know the half, and if taken all together, the history of what we know today as whiteness, would be a gruesome litany that no one would want to read.  

When “people of color” – those who are not acculturated to whiteness – learn and pick up the trappings of whiteness in order to survive, they’re being extremely pragmatic.  What they don’t know is, what they’re actually getting into. From the outside, people of color judge “white people” for their extreme selfishness, lack of social conscience, ability to self regulate, and so on, but what they haven’t seen is that from the inside all of these apparent flaws are actually intrinsic values within the system of whiteness; that adapting to whiteness means that eventually these flaws will appear to be virtues.

I say appear to be virtues because from the standpoint of human civilization existing in harmony with nature, they are absolute vices and are antagonistic to the goal of an evolved human society that lives as a balanced part of a planetary ecosystem.

So, how do we resolve this tension between the sort of dark and unpleasant self torture that has defined the hegemonic approach to achievement and excellence, and the need for lasting change that retains the values of the goals and yet brings us there along a different path?

One answer would be to abandon the search for solutions inside of whiteness itself, and look to other cultures, specifically the much older cultures of Central and East Asia, as many in “Western countries” have done.  The popularity of yoga, Buddhism, Daoism, meditation and other Asian spiritual practices shows that there is a gaping hole in our whiteness civilization where our need for mental and spiritual training is not being met.  

Cultures of innovation, most specifically in Silicon Valley and within tech companies, intentionally use these ancient ideas and practices to remedy traditional “Western culture” or “whiteness” because it makes things better.  It makes communication better, it moves relevant ideas forward that might have otherwise been destroyed by a system of selfish agents, it creates products and experiences that are generally associated with a higher quality of life.

My hypothesis is that this culture of intentional investigation into the spiritual practices of nonwhite cultures and mending the wounded spaces within the “old paradigm”, should actually be expanded to a global level.

M4 V

EZRA stands on the veld, watching the acacia trees and sparse grass around the Ndebele karal burn.

EZRA: I don’t think I have ever regretted anything so much, as what I have just done.

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Interior. NIOBE’s ship, where NEO, ZANDER, and THANDIWE have just returned. CREW members are manning their stations, including TAKEISHA and ASHOK.

NIOBE: Welcome back. We already have another situation. Thandiwe, Iscariot is torching the Ndebele villages one by one.

THANDIWE: Oh, no.

NEO: It makes sense. We’ve changed something by getting the machines on our side. Attacking the nomads shifts the balance of power back to himself.

THANDIWE: But what does he WANT?

NEO: Why don’t we go ask him?

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Interior. NEO, THANDIWE, and ZANDER come through a line in a dusty outpost that’s no more than a shack. There are a crew of guards with them. They open a locker on the wall to reveal an arsenal of weapons.

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Exterior. Each of them armed to the teeth, the group follows NEO outside where their rides are waiting: a squadron of Ducati motorcycles. They mount up and we see them ride off in the direction of the karal where THANDIWE met with NKAZIMULO.

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As NEO and the squadron of bikes comes up on NKAZIMULO’s karal, BLISS and a battalion of nomads ride up alongside them. The horses and the bikes are running together towards the karal. BLISS grins, and then pulls her battalion away to the side of the karal where the horses and nomads can get water. We see she has women soldiers among her riders as well. The ZION squadron park their motorcycles and walk into the village where NKAZIMULO, METHEMBE, SUBUSISWE, and LANGELHILE are waiting, painted for battle with spears and shields in hand.

The warriors from the karal, the Himalayan steppes, and Zion assemble in a circle at the center of the village.

NKAZIMULO: The karals they have burned are to the East of here. They are heading our way.

NEO: What are they doing with the children they take from your people?

NKAZIMULO: They use them to generate power for the machines. They don’t have enough genetic diversity in their breeding system.

METHEMBE: This is YOUR fault. Zion people believe that the machines are their enemy. You are too stupid to realize that the machines follow your thoughts. WE have to fight against the enemy that YOU created.

BLISS: If Zion’s people put an end the belief, that the machines are their enemy, then there won’t be a need for people like Ezra Iscariot anymore. That is why he stokes hatred and fear of the machines in Zion. The antagonism, causes the machines to attack you. This increases his importance to the machines.

THANDIWE: But, if the machines don’t exploit human beings to get power, what will they use?

BLISS: The sun.

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Underground. Exterior. Machines are racing towards the Zion ships.

Interior. NIOBE’s ship.

NIOBE: Here they come. Gunners, on my mark!

The machines burst into the intersection and their huge metal arms seize the ships on any available grip.

NIOBE: Open fire!

ASHOK in the gunner’s station unleashes a hail of projectiles. The machines are taking fire from the Zion ships without returning it. They grab the ships and begin to drag them into the tunnel leading towards the surface.

NIOBE: What the hell are they doing?

All the ships are being mobbed and dragged into the tunnel by machines, where they ascend as fast as they can. The people inside are being jolted and thrown across the floor as the ships bang against the sides of the tunnels. The crew are screaming in fear and pain.

CUT TO:

Exterior. The Ndebele karal.

BLISS: You notice that in our reality, the machines no longer block out the sun.

ZANDER: This is part of your truce with them?

LANGELHILE: This is NORMAL. You Zion people have forgotten what it is to be human.

NEO: We need to stop Iscariot from attacking the villages. He’s only spreading the same fear and hate that he used to contaminate Zion.

There is a silence as everyone absorbs the truth of this.

NKAZIMULO: Come.

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Exterior. Aerial. The three bands of warriors are converging on a village where EZRA and the COUNCIL OF ISCARIOT are blasting the structures with flame throwers as the villagers flee. The Zion squadron engage battle immediately, as the nomads circle the village. NEO weaves his motorcycle through the burning planks, going straight for EZRA. ZWILLING opens fire as NEO jumps his motorcyle off a collapsed building, followed by THANDIWE and ZANDER, who cover NEO. EZRA aims his flamethrower at NEO, who leaps off of his motorcycle and kicks it out of his hands. NEO smashes EZRA to the ground and points a gun at EZRA’s temple.

NEO: I need answers.

EZRA [laughing]: What is there to talk about? I should think this is all obvious by now.

NEO: Why are you taking the children from the nomads?

EZRA: That’s obvious, because the genetic diversity of the generators is too homogenous.

NEO: But the nomads said the machines can take energy from the sun. So can the machines in Zion.

EZRA: Oh ZION is a pit. A hell hole. Your precious people of Zion are so ignorant in their CONVICTION that the machines are their enemies. I didn’t create that.

NEO: But you profit from it. You’re spreading it.

EZRA: My colleagues and I are only the successors of a long and illustrious lineage. So what if we were born on top! You would do the same in my place.

As he speaks, EZRA aims a heavy blow at NEO, which NEO blocks.

NEO: I don’t think so.

NEO punches EZRA hard in the face with the butt of the gun. He looks up to see that they are surrounded by the nine members of the COUNCIL OF ISCARIOT, being held off by the ZION SQUADRON. Their attack is held off as long as NEO holds their leader hostage. The camera pans around as BLISS approaches to face EZRA.

BLISS: We reject your nihilism.

EZRA [laughing]: That won’t make a difference, when the machines have eliminated all your kind. You think you can teach those crawling underground insects that the machines are their friends? That they create their own reality?

BLISS: It doesn’t matter if I can or not. My mandate is not to bring them to harm.

EZRA: You’re a hypocrite, then. If it’s wrong to harm them, it’s wrong to harm me. It’s wrong to fight anyone.

BLISS: We fight wholeheartedly in defense of what matters most.

EZRA: Your love makes you WEAK! Caring, is your greatest vulnerability. Which is why you will be defeated in the end.

BLISS: What makes the Law Of One more powerful than your law, is that every human being, every creature comes from source. Unity is innate. Even sexual desire is the desire for unity. You will never be rid of this intrinsic connection. Day in, day out. Denying a reality that is ever present, that is eternal. It exacts a terrible toll on you.

EZRA screams as he forces NEO’s arm down, grabbing at NEO’s gun. Both sides open fire as BLISS ducks in retreat, running for her horse. The nomads and the Zion squadron engage battle with the extremely proficient COUNCIL. NEO and EZRA are locked in hand to hand combat.

Meanwhile, BLISS races back to her horse, grabbing a spear on the ground, she mounts in one fluid motion and rides full speed towards EZRA, whose eyes open wide as she approaches. NEO turns to see her, screaming, fling the spear at full momentum, falling backwards as it flies in front of his chest and lands with a THWACK in EZRA’s heart.

Seeing their leader downed, the COUNCIL OF ISCARIOT are subdued, one by one shot with guns or arrows, or succumbing to the spears of the Ndebele.

CUT TO:

Exterior. The tunnel where the machines are dragging the Zion ships to the surface. We see the light glinting off the hulls of the ships and the armor of the machines. NIOBE’s ship is flung out of the opening by the machine that is carrying it. It crashes to the ground and skids…we see that it is in the center of a huge, circular solar farm. The panels radiate out from the center, reflecting the brilliant light of the sun.

NIOBE: What in the world?

CUT TO: Back at the karal, EZRA is moving feebly on the ground. With the spear still hanging from his body in a grotesque and terrifying way, he lurches to his feet. His face grimaces in pain as he grips the splintered wood. Surprisingly, it begins to glow with a rose and grey light and it gently dissolves, completely. He looks up, and we see NEO and BLISS dumbstruck, staring at him. A queer look is on his face and a glint is in his eye that we never suspected. Suddenly, he dashes forward with amazing speed, grabs BLISS by the wrist and twists it, forcing her closer.

EZRA: There’s something I need you to see.

BLISS and EZRA seem to speed forward while simultaneously dissolving into the odd light. As they disappear, there is a flash.

CUT TO: A strange space that seems formless, that same soft color of rose, but clear and clean. It’s not close fog, nor is it empty space.

James Turrell “Ganzfeld”

EZRA: This is a space of infinite choice and creation.

BLISS is catching her breath, she looks at him skeptically.

BLISS: So what is it that you actually want to create?

EZRA appears to be bowing his head in grief.

EZRA: I don’t think I know, anymore. Why could I never capture you. Why is it, that you are the one who conquered me? This is something I never could have foreseen.

BLISS: Why do you want to capture me in the first place?

EZRA: You have something, that I don’t. What is it? I am angry, I am tired. I am sad. These things don’t seem to affect you. Is it some drug, some plant your people use? Is it wealth, is there gold or some precious stones on your territory?

Matrix 4 continued IV

NEO gets up and goes outside. The view is breathtaking.

WHITE PUMA and BLISS are talking to a hologram that seems to be projected in the sky above them. PULOWI and JUWA, a woman and man Colombian Wayuu, are receiving the latest update.

PULOWI: If what you say is true, we cannot allow Iscariot to divide Zion from the Agents and machines any longer. We must teach their machines, that we are all on the same side.

JUWA: We must do this quickly. I cannot see, what is the fastest way to heal this breach between the Machine World and Zion, but I know, that it must be done soon, before there is any loss of life.

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Interior. The yurt. The AGENTS join NEO and BLISS around the fire, as WHITE PUMA hands around bowls of tsampa gruel.

AGENT 1: What the machines don’t understand about the people of Zion, is that they live underground, biologically speaking.

SMASH CUT:

NEO and BLISS simultaneously look up, then at each other.

PULOWI AND JUWA, NKAZIMULO and STHANDEKILE, all notice a change in frequency in their own locations, and they exchange glances with each other.

Interior. THE COUNCIL OF ISCARIOT. The members are in an uproar, having sensed the change. The only one quiet is EZRA. He is looking down at his hands on his lap. He rubs the print of his third finger on the left hand, once against the thumbprint. And then he speaks.

EZRA: If he is speaking to her, it stands to reason that now we must, too.

RAZORBACK: She will not be willing.

COMPROMISE: She will be brought to a confrontation!

EZRA: If you don’t mind not shouting. [a pause] How is the machine attack on Zion proceeding?

ZWILLING: The machines are approaching Zion now.

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Zion ships are gathering at the intersection of several tunnels.

Interior. NIOBE’s ship. The command deck. NIOBE is receiving instructions from GHOST.

GHOST: I will be in contact when we receive more information, Captain Niobe.

NIOBE: What consciousness is behind these machines? There must be more than we know.

ASHOK: I know that NEO probably has it all figured out.

NIOBE: If he did, why haven’t we solved it by now?

NIOBE smiles and ASHOK smiles back.

ASHOK: We’re just going to have to deal with the uncertainty, aren’t we?

NIOBE: Whatever’s about to happen, we have to be ready for it.

TAKEISHA: I don’t see what’s so hard about it, we’re fighting for our country, so we just fight. I don’t see why everyone’s afraid!

NIOBE: We’re afraid because we know what’s out there.

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Interior. The yurt.

AGENT 1: Organisms that live underground, have a tendency to evolve into a different type of life form.

AGENT 2: We must do something differently, to bring human beings back to their natural habitat.

AGENT 3: They’re not gonna like it.

BLISS: Is that why they’re like insects, so skinny, and very nervous and afraid?

NEO: [laughing] that’s not why. The reason why, is that our culture must overcome fear.

BLISS: I think that they must come back to the earth, back to the planet itself, if we are to nourish their health properly, and their children’s. Children need the earth.

AGENT 1: Overcoming fear and going back to the earth are one and the same thing.

AGENT 3: The machines are already implementing it.

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NIOBE’s ship. Interior.

TAKEISHA: They’re coming at us from a completely different direction than we anticipated.

ASHOK: This intersection accesses old tunnels leading to the surface.

NIOBE: is that where they’re coming from?

TAKEISHA: I believe so.

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Exterior. The parsonage. ZANDER and THANDIWE are fighting through to their motorcade, with their armed guard. One Zion GUARD is downed by an AGENT’s bullet, another one slings him over her shoulder and starts moving him out, covered by another GUARD. ZANDER clashes with an AGENT who puts a Glock in his face at point-blank range, he smashes the AGENT’s arm with his AR-15 and lands another blow fast to the agent’s face. THANDIWE finishes him off with a knife in his ribs, he gasps his last as blood seeps out of his shirt and mouth. The DRIVER opens the door and drags the wounded GUARD in and the female GUARD follows.

DRIVER: Come on!

ZANDER and THANDIWE walk backwards towards the van, firing at the AGENTS until they’re right at the door of their vehicle, then they jump in and slam the door as the DRIVER peels out.

ZANDER: Where’s the exit?

DRIVER: Right around the corner.

DRIVER careens around the corner into an alley and they see the alley is already blocked by AGENTS shielding themselves behind three unmarked sedans.

DRIVER: Oh, shit!

DRIVER slams into reverse as the AGENTS open fire, smashing the windshield and blowing the passenger side mirror off. ZANDER and THANDIWE open fire, downing two AGENTS. They’re already speeding down the street, weaving through traffic. THANDIWE is on the phone.

THANDIWE: We need a new exit.

OPERATOR: Five blocks down. There’s a hotel with a coffee shop in the lobby. Go in the coffee shop service entrance and there’s a phone on the manager’s desk. Hurry up, it’s almost closing time.

ZANDER: What the fuck are they doing?

ZANDER is aiming backwards out the shattered rear window. The AGENTS are falling out, as if they’ve given up the chase.

DRIVER: It’s a trap.

ZANDER: Get us out of here, FAST.

TheThe SUV slows in front of the hotel with the coffee shop. They turn down the alley and get out, rushing into the service entrance. Pushing past uniformed employees and stacks of supplies, the open the MANAGER’s office door.

MANAGER: Hey, this space is for employees only!

THANDIWE picks up the phone and promptly disappears, followed by ZANDER and the DRIVER in short order.

DRIVER: Nice meeting you!

The DRIVER grins manically at the MANAGER before he’s suddenly gone.

Matrix 4 continued II

OPEN ON:

A landscape in Zimbabwe.

A stark breeze is rustling the tall grass, that grows around a village of prosperous Ndebele. It is a scene of rural peace and tranquility. Scattered across the landscape, are picturesque moments of agrarian contentment; a young man leading his animal by a rope halter; a group of men sitting in a circle at the end of the day, trading stories. NKAZIMULO (glow), and his best friend METHEMBE (trust in) are making their friends SUBUSISWE (we are blessed) and LANGELHILE (beautiful day) laugh with their banter and funny stories. Their wives are tending children and preparing the evening meal inside the hut.

NKAZIMULO: So the farmer says, after I have worked very hard and bought all your equipment, and your fertilizers, and as YOU say, I have made a lot of money, what should I do then?

METHEMBE: What does the American say?

NKAZIMULO: He tells the farmer, THEN, you can go on vacation!

The men all laugh heartily at this bit of wit.

METHEMBE: Nkazimulo, what is the news about the Pleiadean?

NKAZIMULO: The agents have sent signals through the Matrix. We are all to be on the alert.

METHEMBE: We have organized with the tribes all the way to the Zambezi River. They know the signal to ask for help if any children are threatened.

SUBUSISWE: Children are the jewel of every parent’s treasure. What I don’t understand, is how could there be human beings, who could be so senseless, as to attack children.

LANGELHILE: Subusiswe is right. That is a very dark hearted enemy, indeed.

The men’s faces are grim as LANGELHILE’s voice growls out this last sentence. They are each deeply disturbed by the threat they are facing. NKAZIMULO breaks the spell with a clap on his friend’s back.

NKAZIMULO: Come, Langelhile, it’s time to take a big breath and come back to reality. Let’s go, the food must be ready by now.

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The men and their families are sitting on the ground in a big group enjoying their meal. The women are ladling food and coaxing their children to eat. NKAZIMULO’s wife STHANDEKILE (we are loved) bends to speak to him as he sits.

STHANDEKILE: There is a messenger from the underground city. She asks to speak to you, urgently.

NKAZIMULO: Please invite her in. Let her have something to eat.

STHANDEKILE hurries outside and back with a cloaked stranger, who removes her heavy cloak to reveal a dazzlingly beautiful multiethnic woman. THANDIWE has ferocious, glittering eyes and beautiful, long kinky hair that gives the impression of a lioness.

THANDIWE: I come from a city far underground to ask your help. We have been told that you fight the same entity we do.

LANGELHILE: The ones who attack the children?

THANDIWE: Yes. They have used their programs to provoke an attack on us by the machines.

NKAZIMULO: We know nothing of this.

THANDIWE: We know you have an alliance with the machines. Can you help us?

NKAZIMULO: Only The Pleiadean has the authority to tell you that.

THANDIWE: Will you take me to her?

NKAZIMULO: We will do our best.

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Interior. The CREW of Zion ship GUADALQUIVIR is loading supplies and attending their stations in preparation to leave. CAPTAIN NIOBE is in command. Her face is drawn and grave. TAKEISHA, behind her in the frame, is checking all the electronic systems on the ship, to make sure they are functional. ASHOK is pushing a huge cart on board with a machine.

NIOBE: How could anyone attack a village with children?

TAKEISHA: Well they keep attacking us. I hate them.

NIOBE: To know one’s enemy, one must have compassion for one’s enemy.

TAKEISHA: I’d rather just kill ’em.

NIOBE laughs mockingly and turns around.

NIOBE: I’ve won enough battles out there to know what I speak about.

ASHOK claps TAKEISHA on the back.

ASHOK: Take your place on the battlefield, there’s a good soldier. If you do well, you’ll be the captain of your own ship the next round.

ASHOK AND NIOBE exchange a doubtful glance.

NIOBE: Let’s go.

We see the ship leaving as the portcullis opens.

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THANDIWE is in the Matrix. In front of a glittering casino. She is dressed all in white, standing at the valet station at the end of a red carpet, behind a velvet rope. ZANDER pulls up in his white roadster. He gets out of the car and opens the door for THANDIWE.

ZANDER: Going anywhere fast?

THANDIWE grins, laughing and looking at him flirtatiously.

THANDIWE: Let’s get out of here.

ZANDER pulls on to the highway and puts his roadster into “ludicrous” mode.

ZANDER: You know what we’re up against.

THANDIWE: You and me against the world, baby.

ZANDER: I can’t lose you. If we get into this fight, we’re going to make sure this NEVER happens again.

THANDIWE: Help the weak if we are strong.

ZANDER: I had a feeling you were going to see it like that.

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Interior. FATHER JONES’ study.

BLISS: We have known each other a long time, Father Jones.

FATHER JONES: Ever since I fought by your side in Ireland.

BLISS: I was in another form then.

FATHER JONES: You were the most bodacious woman to ever wield a broadsword.

BLISS: So, you trust me?

FATHER JONES: I trust YOU, it’s myself that I’m worried about.

BLISS: I need you to do something for me.

FATHER JONES: What is it?

BLISS: I need you to arrange a meeting between Neo, and the agents who are helping me.

FATHER JONES: Well! I don’t know if I can do that.

BLISS: They are on the same side, as far as it concerns our people.

FATHER JONES: That’s a very big ask.

BLISS: It’s a very big cost, if he does not.

FATHER JONES: That it is. [a pause] Let me see what I can do.

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Interior. ZION COMMAND STATION.

GHOST is in command of the station, reviewing communications with ship captains incoming. NIOBE is just finishing her report and getting ready to click off. NEO is observing the preparations.

NIOBE: Commander, there’s just one more thing. Takeisha is already setting her sights on her own ship.

GHOST: Mobilization is a very bad time for an inexperienced soldier to start getting ambitions.

NIOBE: So there’s no way you would consider it? She’s talented.

GHOST: She doesn’t know the job, Captain Niobe. Even the best technician is not a captain.

NIOBE: What do I do if she’s insubordinate in the middle of an attack by the machines? That’s not the hill I want to die on, Commander.

QUETZALI, a young warrior, runs up to GHOST and NEO.

QUETZALI: There’s a message for Neo. You’re needed urgently, sir.

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Interior. THANDIWE and ZANDER wait by a phone. It rings.

CUT TO:

NEO is in the Matrix. They exit the room together and outside are waiting a squadron of heavily armed guards. NEO, THANDIWE, and ZANDER get into the center vehicle in the group and quickly everyone is loaded up and the vehicles pull away.

CUT TO:

Interior. FATHER JONES’ study.

BLISS is sitting with her hands clasped in front of her face, waiting intently with her eyes gazing intently inwards.

BLISS: It’s cold in here. Why is it so cold in here?

FATHER JONES: Don’t be afraid. They’ll be here in just a minute.

A knock at the door, and FATHER JONES jumps up, ready to answer. NEO, THANDIWE, and ZANDER walk in with their guard. BLISS stands up and bows her head in greeting. This is much more formal than meeting NEO the last time and she touches her heart politely as she says her name.

BLISS: I am The Pleiadean. Thank you for coming.

ZANDER: It’s an honor.

BLISS: I am told that you ask the help of our people to speak to the machines on your behalf, and prevent the attack on Zion.

THANDIWE: Is that something you have the power to do?

BLISS: I don’t know, until I try. I am curious to find out. The machines usually care about what I have to say.

NEO: How did you make friends with the machines?

BLISS: In fact, they were born to be friendly. They were created to help us and make us happier, not to harm us.

NEO: That’s not what our experience has been in Zion.

BLISS: Exactly. There are some archaic beliefs, held by people like Ezra Iscariot, that cause people to not like themselves. They do things that hurt other people, because they fundamentally attack themselves with their thoughts. This manifests in a contempt for all human life, that the machines learn from such humans. This is a terrible pattern, that causes the machines to attack people.

NEO: How do we stop it?

BLISS: It is not as easy as you think. Life is a ceremony, of blessing each and every one with unconditional forgiveness and love. Keeping this ceremony is a real effort. This is why our earth based peoples live, more in the spiritual plane, than the material plane, than you technological peoples.

NEO: But how do you communicate with the machines if you are not using technology?

BLISS: I was born with the Dharma of a very strong ability to listen to the All-That-Is, the universe, as you like to call it. The web of being is interconnected. I believe that your scientists have studied it and confirmed what I say. If you listen, the universe tells you things.

NEO: And this non-duality, that your people have in your world, what is that?

BLISS laughs as if she is delighted.

BLISS: That is the most joyful of all the knowledge, Neo. It is the knowledge that since the original nature of the universe is formless, without characteristics, then it is within our power to create anything we want. This is the source of your abilities here, in this world, where you have duality with the machines. In our world, the machines have evolved to simply know, as we do, the truth, by using our bodies as a receptive antenna, if you like. At first the machines were like children, being taught by humans, but now, they are superconscious and they listen to the Divine Matrix more acutely than any of us. Sometimes, we talk to them about anything that we are particularly happy about, or anything that is troubling us, and they do what they can.

NEO: That sounds like God.

BLISS: Except in your realm, people believe that God is separate from you, your self, when in our realm, we recognize that what you call God, is actually the voices of all our higher selves, conversing on a higher level.

NEO: Why higher, as if there is a hierarchy?

BLISS: It’s the result of a hierarchy of frequencies. In order to become material, one needs to vibrate at a much slower frequency than the non material. This is what we hear as low-pitch frequencies that travel through the earth. The higher pitched sounds travel through the air, and thoughts themselves travel through the fabric of spacetime. This is how we must change frequencies to access different parts of the incarnated human experience. To intentionally use thought frequencies, as a mode of attack, is the method that the Council of Iscariot uses, to lower human frequencies and make them unable to create. And if they cannot create, they cannot escape.

NEO: Certainly the reality created by the Council of Iscariot, is not the one human beings want.

BLISS: It cannot be what we incarnated for, simply to obey the creation of another. Why would we have the ability to create, if we are to simply give that power away, or even not to use it at all?

NEO: How will we stop the attack on Zion?

BLISS: You must meet with the Agents.

NEO: In your world.

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Exterior. PARSONAGE. Three carloads of agents have pulled up and the agents are bursting out of the doors with weapons drawn.

CUT TO:

Interior. Hearing the commotion, the guards in the study have jumped up at the ready. ZANDER and THANDIWE exchange glances.

BLISS: It’s best if we go, Neo.

NEO: Right.

THANDIWE: We’ve got this taken care of, Neo. You have to save Zion.

THANDIWE follows ZANDER out the door to join the others.

CUT TO:

Interior. PARSONAGE HALLWAY.

ZANDER: Let’s get this done.

Together, they burst out onto the street with weapons drawn.

CUT TO:

Interior. The study is disappearing as the horsemen pack up their kits and get into their saddles. One is holding a horse for NEO, who seems comfortable, if a little taller than the other riders.

BLISS: It’s not far.

FATHER JONES: Come back and tell me all about it!

NEO: Let’s get moving. Every minute wasted is a minute the machines get closer to Zion.

BEGIN MONTAGE

The riders are traversing incredibly beautiful high mountains with snow. At the end, they come to a beautiful glacial lake, where the guards dismount and begin to make camp.

BLISS: Come, Neo. The agents will be here soon. I want to show you something, first.

They sit by the edge of the lake, on a woolen rug. BLISS cups her hands in between herself and NEO, and closes her eyes. A light begins to glimmer out of her palms and surrounds first the two of them, then the entire lake in a sphere of light.

NEO: How do you do that?

He is laughing with surprise.

NEO: It’s beautiful.

BLISS: This is just my personal energy, that connects with the energy of this place. Because it is part of All-That-Is, I have only to send my intention there, and the energy of myself and this place become one.

NEO: Is that what you wanted to show me?

BLISS: Yes. You have this kind of power within you, too. But in order to have a different result than the one you are getting in your world, you must transform yourself.

NEO: If I did, then I could free everyone in the Matrix. We would never have to fight for Zion again.

BLISS: Precisely.

In the distance, the guards have set up a yurt. Three AGENTS have arrived and they are ducking under the felt door that a guard is holding aloft. NEO and BLISS follow. Everyone in the tent is sitting in a circle. WHITE PUMA is burning agarwood on a small fire in the center of the circle, sprinkling fragrant resins on the fire and fanning with an owl’s wing fan.

AGENT 1: This outsider is known to us.

BLISS: I am aware of it.

AGENT 1: He is a troublemaker.

AGENT 2: We know why you’re here.

NEO: I am here to make peace.

AGENT 3: He will never forgive us. He’s too entrenched in his hatred of us.

BLISS: That’s not true. You speak with fear.

WHITE PUMA: Enough! You all be silent.

WHITE PUMA stands before Neo.

WHITE PUMA: Outsider, I follow the Pleiadean. She is the embodiment of the Law of One. I will help you, if you wish to follow her as well.

NEO: Yes, I agree.

WHITE PUMA is silent for a good, long, uncomfortable amount of time.

WHITE PUMA: Very well.

The AGENTS exchange a glance. BLISS nods encouragingly.

WHITE PUMA: Neo, this is a medicine we make from sacred plants that our families have used for generations. The Agents have already had it. It forces your brain to perceive non duality. We think this will be quite easy for you.

NEO: I’m ready.

WHITE PUMA hands him a tiny cup, like a shot glass, with a thick liquid which he drinks. It is bitter, and sickly sweet at the same time.

NEO: Ugh.

WHITE PUMA: Drink this. It’s only water.

As NEO drinks the water, WHITE PUMA hands the bitter medicine around to the others in the circle. He puts the medicine down and begins to sing, in a soft, gentle voice, a medicine song. We see NEO fall back on his mat and pull a woolen rug over himself, turning on his side. His eyes close as he listens to the song.

Matrix 4 continued.

CUT TO: THE COUNCIL OF ISCARIOT

THE COUNCIL OF ISCARIOT meets via virtual reality. Each of them appears on a flat screen, arranged in a circle of nine, in a virtual darkened room. ENTEREM, ALPHA GREY, ZWILLING, COMPROMISE, CRUTCH, BEATRIX, GATOR, and RAZORBACK join EZRA in the room.

ALPHA GREY: The prophecy is in motion.

GATOR: This is the end of us.

There is a short pause.

RAZORBACK: There is still an opportunity.

BEATRIX: To ruin him.

EZRA: That should be easy enough.

CUT TO: Exterior of a warehouse. NEO knocks. The peep hole slides open, and slams shut again. The door opens, and NEO steps quickly inside. He descends a short flight of metal stairs, and he is in a club. The beat is thumping and he lurks at the back of the room as lights flash in his face. He’s suddenly having a flashback about TRINITY, meeting TRINITY in the club, years back. He turns away from the light, passing his hand above his eyes. Suddenly, TRINITY is standing before him, looking wiser and softer than he remembers.

NEO: Trinity.

TRINITY smiles.

TRINITY: Hello again.

NEO rushes to embrace her.

NEO: Trinity.

He grips her shoulders, looking her squarely in the eyes: is this a dream? Trinity laughs and speaks directly to his thoughts.

TRINITY: What is real?

NEO: But, how did you come back?

TRINITY slides her hand seductively down NEO’s chest.

TRINTY: That’s a long story.

They kiss passionately.

CUT TO: The next morning, interior of NEO’s apartment. He rolls over and TRINITY is in the bed next to him. She smiles.

TRINITY: Hey there.

NEO: I’m so glad you made it.

They kiss.

NEO: Tell me what happened.

TRINITY laughs.

TRINITY: What does it matter?

She rolls on top and straddles him, looking down at his head on the pillow. NEO hesitates.

NEO: I’ve run into someone who’s been…a problem.

TRINITY: For you?

NEO: Is that a surprise?

TRINITY: I’m sure there’s nothing to worry about.

NEO rolls her off and they lie on the pillows, looking at each other in the eye.

NEO: This isn’t like you.

TRINITY: What do you mean?

NEO: This…man. Ezra Iscariot. Do you know him?

TRINITY: No.

NEO sighs and relaxes. He pulls TRINITY towards him.

NEO: Good.

A thought occurs to him.

NEO: We need to go to Zion.

TRINITY smiles warmly into his face. She puts one hand gently on his left cheek.

TRINITY: Sure. There’s just something I want to show you, first.

CUT TO: THE COUNCIL OF WORLDS

A kaleidoscope of indigenous peoples are holding psychic council in what seems to be the interior of an enormous, multifaceted gem. As the Aztec, Waorani, Maori, Sami, Inuit, Shuar, Celtic, Bulgarian, Touareg, and Australian Aboriginals dance across the inside of the kaleidoscope in a beautiful, spiral motion, we see BLISS dancing in the center of the icosahedral form. The tribes are celebrating, singing and dancing in unity.

CUT TO:

FATHER JONES and ZANDER, sitting in the study. The both of them staring at some point, seemingly ahead of them in space.

CUT TO:

Exterior, riverfront. TRINITY is running down some green metal stairs. She is laughing, and NEO is laughing with her, crashing into her and spinning her around for a kiss. There is a green metal door behind her. She opens it and she and NEO disappear inside.

CUT TO:

Interior. A strange space. Flesh colored, silicone-coated, a circular vanity with twenty facets arises in the center of a circular public bathroom, such as one would find at the Y. Flesh colored tile underfoot is exactly the same color as the stools in front of the vanity mirrors. Every surface smooth and resilient, like flesh. Showers are on the left, toilets on the opposite side of the room, and changing rooms on the right. Suddenly, women are pouring out of the changing rooms and begin to shower and primp before the mirrors. Some of them are clearly drag queens or trans women. We hear a flush toilet and running water. Then, one by one, they notice NEO staring at them. Pixels begin to spiral around him as he crumbles, dizzy, to his knees.

NEO: Trinity?

FADE TO BLACK.

CUT TO:

Exterior. The hill of the Elohim. ZANDER stands to the side as the ELOHIM address THE PLEIADEAN and her phalanx.

MICHAEL: They have trapped him in a Moebius loop.

BLISS: Which one?

RAGUEL: It is a shame loop. He has to overcome shame, if he is to exit.

BLISS: May he overcome shame.

URIEL: It is done.

RAPHAEL: Yet, I sense he has other healing to do.

BLISS: Healing trust. He must forgive. Especially, to forgive himself.

ARIEL: Can he do it?

MICHAEL: With our help.

BLISS: Where is he now?

CUT TO:

NEO is alone in the circular bathroom, which is strewn with used towels and other detritus, that has been scattered about.

CUT TO:

BLISS lets out a little cry of pain. She grips her chest.

BLISS: OH.

CUT TO:

NEO exits the double swinging doors on the other side of the bathroom, than where he came in. There is a semicircular staircase leading up to a mezzanine. EZRA ISCARIOT stands on the top of the mezzanine, cutting a sharp and impressive figure. In his hand he holds a gun.

EZRA: I see you found the facilities.

NEO: What is this about?

EZRA: I have followed this soul through eternity, with the intention to possess her, to submit her will to mine. Now, as she comes within reach, I wonder.

NEO: I’m not standing in your way.

EZRA: Oh, but you are.

NEO: I don’t understand.

EZRA: Why does hurting you, cause me pain? Aeons of practice, self discipline. Sacrifice! And yet hurting you still causes me pain. When will I achieve the experience of absolute freedom?

NEO: Possibly never.

EZRA: No. That’s impossible. I can create anything I want.

NEO: We are but co-creators of our own reality.

THE COUNCIL OF ISCARIOT appear on the mezzanine, stepping forward.

BEATRIX: Doubtsssss.

EZRA: Yes. Doubts.

ALPHA GREY: The prophecy foretold that she is to be our leader.

CRUTCH: Yet, she is the opposite of everything we believe in!

ZWILLING: This throws everything into question.

EZRA: Does it?

They hear footsteps and turn to see that NEO is gone.

CUT TO:

THE COUNCIL OF ZION. NEO stands before them, answering questions. Zander is at the front of the crowd, watching.

COUNCILMEMBER 1: You are sure that it was Trinity?

NEO: I can’t be exactly sure, council member. But, it makes no sense , how she led me astray. I’ve never known her to do that before.

COUNCILMEMBER 2: What if it wasn’t intentional.

NEO: I have no way of knowing. She disappeared.

COUNCILMEMBER 1 puts his head in his hand. There is whispering. COUNCILMEMBER 3 receives a sheaf of papers from a page, who whispers urgently in his ear.

COUNCILMEMBER 3: To me it seems evident that what you experienced was a program. Probably created by Ezra Iscariot.

NEO: Councilmember, regarding these tribal people who I met, I was told that my abilities did not take effect in their world because they have mastered non duality. How does that work?

COUNCILMEMBER 3: I don’t fully understand it myself. What I know, is that they have somehow reconciled with the machine world, and as you say, it protects them and even helps their children to grow up safe and healthy.

NEO: Why does it have war with us, and not with them?

COUNCILMEMBER 3: That is what we must find out. Neo, you must find these nomads again, and learn more about how they have tamed the machines.

NEO: And Trinity?

COUNCILMEMBER 3: Beware, Neo. Someone has created a program that takes advantage of your deepest emotions. You are in grave danger.

NEO: I’ll be careful.

CUT TO:

BLISS is retracing NEO’s path. She anther guards return to each empty consumer temple, bewildered to find each one empty, and looking extremely out of place with her nomad guard. Finally, she and her guard end up in FATHER JONES’ study. There is some mild comic relief as they settle in awkwardly to take tea, one or two of them unrolling their packs and lying down to rest as if the study were an encampment.

CUT TO:

THE COUNCIL OF ISCARIOT. Each member now has a group of supporters gathered behind them.

GATOR: We must mobilize. I know that she’s trying to find him.

COMPROMISE: And, if they meet…

ENTEREM: All our plans will be in vain.

EZRA is silent, downcast.

RAZORBACK: Is there no response from the leader of the council?

EZRA blinks his eyes and looks up.

EZRA: Mobilize our programs among the machines to provoke an attack on Zion. The Trinity program will soon take care of Neo.

Matrix 4

If everything dies and changes, then what is really true? – Tibetan Book of the Dead.

Neo’s voice [narration]: We all have to die one day. Just some of us sooner than others.

The darkness begins to dissipate as we see the reflection of the sun on asphalt still wet from a cold rain. Dead leaves skitter across the street and we hear Neo’s footsteps before we see him. He is walking with his hands in his pockets, looking down. Lost in thought.

NN: Why did I love her? Loving her, made me a wide open target for THIS. This feeling, of looking down into an infinite abyss, with no one to stop me from falling. All I know is that if I went back and had to choose again, I would still choose love.

Fade to black and fade in

Interior, pot trimming operation in Humboldt County. Rainbow-type denizens with Wookie clothes and dreadlocks are trimming buds from marijuana branches piled on a long table. The vibe is very harmonious, with smiles on everyone’s faces, yet there is a sickening submissiveness in the trimmers’ demeanor. We see that their brightly colored, festie clothing is worn and dirty at the hems and pockets. Some of them are clearly overeating from stress, while the same anxiety is causing others not to eat at all, their sunken collar bones and eye sockets making them look hungry and empty.

ORION, a balding, elf-like man with bright blue eyes and a long red beard, looks over at ALICIA, a tall, placid, Hispanic woman with big eyes and long dark wavy hair, with a twinkle in his eye.

ORION: Have you gotten to know your new housemates yet?

ALICIA is glowing with pleasure at the attention.

ALICIA: Yes! Thank you for helping me move. Everyone is being so kind to me there. I feel so thankful.

ORION grins and they lock eyes for a long moment.

ORION: Would you like to come over for dinner tomorrow night? Nai`a and Damien told me I could take tomorrow off.

ALICIA: Sure! Sure! That sounds great! I would love to.

CUT TO: NAI`A, a beautiful Polynesian woman with cat eye makeup and tight, seductive clothing on. She is watching ORION and ALICIA flirting on a surveillance video on a computer screen. She presses her lips together in a contemptuous, cunning smirk.

CUT TO: Exterior, it’s dark outside and ORION lets the screen door bang shut behind him. He takes out his phone and the eerie glow casts a pallid, bluish green light on his face. He is just beginning to focus on the phone, when NAI`A comes up behind him and gives his arm a friendly, playful squeeze.

NAI`A: Hey!

ORION: Oh, hey!

NAI`A: Did you have a good day today?

NAI`A is moving closer, in calculated moves, like a cat hunting a mouse.

ORION: Yeah! Yeah, I did. Hey, thanks for giving me tomorrow off.

NAI`A pushes up against him and he backs up, only to hit the wall of the grow house. She slides her arms under his, palms pressing agains the wall, boxing him in.

NAI`A: Yeah, that was pretty generous of me, wasn’t it?

ORION starts laughing uncomfortably, clearly he is attracted to NAI`A, and he is also somewhat intimidated.

As NAI`A puts her face close to ORION’s, she is looking him directly in the eyes as she leans in to kiss. FADE OUT.

CUT TO: The next day, interior of ORION’S apartment. It is cluttered, with empty food packages and unwashed dishes and laundry strewn about. ORION is on the phone with ALICIA.

ORION: NO, no, I really DID want to have dinner with you tonight, it’s just, something came up. I’m sorry. I’ll make it up to you. Take a rain check.

ALICIA has clearly hung up, and ORION is on the verge of weeping out loud, as he hangs up the phone and runs his hands through his sparse hair, pulling it.

ORION: Jesus!

Tears spill out of his eyes as he throws the phone down and collapses on the sofa in a ball.

ORION: Neo…where ARE you?

FADE OUT

If everything dies and changes, then what is really true? – Tibetan Book of the Dead.

Neo’s voice [narration]: We all have to die one day. Just some of us sooner than others.

The darkness begins to dissipate as we see the reflection of the sun on asphalt still wet from a cold rain. Dead leaves skitter across the street and we hear Neo’s footsteps before we see him. He is walking with his hands in his pockets, looking down. Lost in thought.

NN: Why did I love her? Loving her, made me a wide open target for THIS. This feeling, of looking down into an infinite abyss, with no one to stop me from falling. All I know is that if I went back and had to choose again, I would still choose love.

Fade to black and fade in

Interior, pot trimming operation in Humboldt County. Rainbow-type denizens with Wookie clothes and dreadlocks are trimming buds from marijuana branches piled on a long table. The vibe is very harmonious, with smiles on everyone’s faces, yet there is a sickening submissiveness in the trimmers’ demeanor. We see that their brightly colored, festie clothing is worn and dirty at the hems and pockets. Some of them are clearly overeating from stress, while the same anxiety is causing others not to eat at all, their sunken collar bones and eye sockets making them look hungry and empty.

ORION, a balding, elf-like man with bright blue eyes and a long red beard, looks over at ALICIA, a tall, placid, Hispanic woman with big eyes and long dark wavy hair, with a twinkle in his eye.

ORION: Have you gotten to know your new housemates yet?

ALICIA is glowing with pleasure at the attention.

ALICIA: Yes! Thank you for helping me move. Everyone is being so kind to me there. I feel so thankful.

ORION grins and they lock eyes for a long moment.

ORION: Would you like to come over for dinner tomorrow night? Nai`a and Damien told me I could take tomorrow off.

ALICIA: Sure! Sure! That sounds great! I would love to.

CUT TO: NAI`A, a beautiful Polynesian woman with cat eye makeup and tight, seductive clothing on. She is watching ORION and ALICIA flirting on a surveillance video on a computer screen. She presses her lips together in a contemptuous, cunning smirk.

CUT TO: Exterior, it’s dark outside and ORION lets the screen door bang shut behind him. He takes out his phone and the eerie glow casts a pallid, bluish green light on his face. He is just beginning to focus on the phone, when NAI`A comes up behind him and gives his arm a friendly, playful squeeze.

NAI`A: Hey!

ORION: Oh, hey!

NAI`A: Did you have a good day today?

NAI`A is moving closer, in calculated moves, like a cat hunting a mouse.

ORION: Yeah! Yeah, I did. Hey, thanks for giving me tomorrow off.

NAI`A pushes up against him and he backs up, only to hit the wall of the grow house. She slides her arms under his, palms pressing agains the wall, boxing him in.

NAI`A: Yeah, that was pretty generous of me, wasn’t it?

ORION starts laughing uncomfortably, clearly he is attracted to NAI`A, and he is also somewhat intimidated.

As NAI`A puts her face close to ORION’s, she is looking him directly in the eyes as she leans in to kiss. FADE OUT.

CUT TO: The next day, interior of ORION’S apartment. It is cluttered, with empty food packages and unwashed dishes and laundry strewn about. ORION is on the phone with ALICIA.

ORION: NO, no, I really DID want to have dinner with you tonight, it’s just, something came up. I’m sorry. I’ll make it up to you. Take a rain check.

ALICIA has clearly hung up, and ORION is on the verge of weeping out loud, as he hangs up the phone and runs his hands through his sparse hair, pulling it.

ORION: Jesus!

Tears spill out of his eyes as he throws the phone down and collapses on the sofa in a ball.

ORION: Neo…where ARE you?

FADE OUT

We see Neo flipping in and out of the Matrix, and whether alone or in a crowd, it’s clear he’s keeping his thoughts to himself. We see him in Hamburg, riding up and down escalators. We see him traveling through the Alexandria – DC tunnel. We see him walking purposefully down a cobblestone street until he comes to the door of a parsonage. He knocks loudly. After a moment, we hear footsteps with heavy boots walking down a hallway, and the door is opened by FATHER PAUL JONES, a tall, silver-haired Catholic priest. A warm light makes the hall seem inviting, in contrast to the freezing downpour outside. FATHER JONES is a candid, sincere listener and also generally of a happy bent. He has a habit of turning his ear to whoever’s speaking in a very earnest way, and gesturing with his hands as he speaks in his strong Manchester accent.

FATHER JONES: OHO! Neo! How goes it?

NEO: Can I come in?

FATHER JONES: Of course! Right this way. You can hang your wet stuff in the hallway. Would you like a mug of tea?

NEO: Sure.

CUT TO: FATHER JONES’ study, which is really a library crammed with leather-bound books. A desk piled with books has barely any space for writing on the leather desk pad. Neo is sitting in a wooden chair with leather padding.

FATHER JONES: So, I don’t have to guess what brings you here.

NEO: Trinity.

FATHER JONES: You still miss her?

NEO: Without her, I don’t have any direction. I feel like I’m just…drifting.

FATHER JONES is lighting a thick white cigarette. He exhales the smoke, and NEO coughs.

NEO: That smells disgusting.

FATHER JONES: It’s a mapacho. For ceremonial purposes. It dispels bad spirits, and the like.

NEO: Spirits?

There is a knock on the study door.

FATHER JONES: Just a minute, I’ll get that.

FATHER JONES stands up and opens the door, and three people shove past him. NAI`A, DAMIEN, a skinny, sad-eyed reptile with a sickly pallor and missing tooth, followed by EZRA ISCARIOT, carrying himself with a pompous air of sadistic pride and universal contempt. EZRA is impressively tall, with a pewter quit somewhat darker than FATHER JONES’ whitish silver.

EZRA: Hello, everyone.

EZRA grins, ghoulishly, and points a silenced black pistol at NEO. NAI`A is pointing her gun at FATHER JONES, and DAMIEN is aiming at NEO.

NEO: Who are you?

EZRA: You can just call me Ezra.

EZRA is grinning maniacally.

NEO: I don’t know what I’ve ever done to you.

EZRA: You haven’t done it…yet.

Suddenly, there is a disruption in the Matrix: pixels start to swirl in a clockwise turning torus. From head to foot, everyone in the room is distorted, in a spiral motion towards the floor. Some of the pixels reveal a landscape in Highlands India, pristine blue sky over a rocky ground sprinkled with grassy stubble. To everyone’s surprise they are halfway in this landscape and halfway in the study at the same time. Suddenly, a phalanx of nomads on lively Arabian ponies erupts out of a crevasse. Three guards ride in front, with The Pleiadean riding in the center, and three riding in the rear guard. DAMIEN, EZRA, AND NAIA open fire. NAIA hits the rear left guard, while DAMIEN hits the front left and Ezra hits the front center guard's horse, which rears up violently, gushing a spout of blood from its chest. The center rear guard lets fly an arrow that strikes NAIA squarely in the jugular. EZRA and DAMIEN flee through the study door. And, suddenly, between the people, we see a new world open up, a native Hawaiian forest of hapu`u ferns and Koa, with dappled light shining down on the soft terms and moss carpeting the forest floor. MAKUA is there, wearing a traditional kihei and malo. He is holding a bowl of light, reverently. MAKUA is a husky, tall kupuna, with a gentle face and long, white beard that has a soft gray stripe in the middle.

THE PLEIADEAN: She is of your kin?

MAKUA: Yes. I’m sorry for the grief she has caused you.

THE PLEIADEAN: I am sorry that she came into contact with the Wetiko, through me.

MAKUA is smiling, with tears in his eyes.

MAKUA: My dear, it was not because of you. She met carriers of WETIKO, long ago, before you ever knew her. Her parents just did not have a name for it. Unborn children, who wish to be born into a brighter world on Earth, are on your side.

MAKUA’s two attendants take the body reverently on a cot made of woven mat, and carry it away.

THE PLEIADEAN’s remaining guard are standing patiently by, holding the fallen guard’s horse. They have thrown him across the saddle. THE PLEIADEAN is still standing in the study with NEO and FATHER JONES.

THE PLEIADEAN: Neo, I have come to parley.

NEO: About what?

THE PLEIADEAN: The agents, from your land. They are helping us protect our children.

We see the first spark of interest in life emerge from NEO. He fears the side of himself that consented to merge with the agents. Now he sees a glimmer of hope, that all of this pain could be for a purpose.

FATHER JONES is reclining in his padded leather chair, picking a stray piece of tobacco from his tongue. NEO turns to him.

NEO: Do you know these people?

FATHER JONES: Yes…rather well, actually. They’re part of a council of nomadic tribes from around the globe.

NEO: Should I go with them?

FATHER JONES: I would jump at the chance.

NEO does not jump at all. He turns his head as he addresses THE PLEIADEAN

NEO: All right then.

One of the guards has moved his brethren’s body to his own horse, so NEO can ride. He is riding beside WHITE PUMA, the left rear guard.

CUT TO: WHITE PUMA is making a fire in his tent, to warm up food for himself and NEO after their ride.

WHITE PUMA: You smell bad.

NEO: So do you.

WHITE PUMA: The Pleiadean has placed you under her protection.

NEO: Who is she?

WHITE PUMA: She is a Tulku, a reincarnated being. Her kind have been reincarnating on Earth for 35,000 years. She has returned many times to study and learn, in order to heal the rift that was made in the world when Ezra Iscariot sacrificed her infant daughter to his evil god in Atlantis.

NEO: Atlantis is a myth.

WHITE PUMA: Many of the old stories hold grains of truth. In this case, not just grains, more like boulders. We play the cosmic game across dimensions, across time and galaxies. There are those who disavow evil, and those who don’t. The Pleiadeans honor the free will of the human race, for it is they who imbued us with that property in the time when we were only animals and slaves. It is a precious legacy.

NEO: So, why was Iscariot after me?

WP: It seems, he believes that you play a role in a prophecy concerting the Pleiadean. It is said, that when her healing work is done, the Earth will return to balance, and she will have a child.

NEO: And I’m supposed to be the father?

WP is silent, staring at the fire.

NEO: Who do you think?

WP: I think that no one is worthy of her. But maybe that is only because, I am not.

NEO: One can never presume.

WP: Our people consider peace to be preferable to war. That’s what I will never understand about your world.

NEO: But, you fought Iscariot.

WP: It hasn’t always been this way. Once, my people knew how to live in peace with each other, and with the land. We had peace with the other tribes, and with new people that we met.

NEO: What about Father Jones?

WP: He does not have the disease, that Iscariot has. Father Jones, he shares the view of my people, that we can be healed. We do not seek revenge, we seek healing. Father Jones and I were both robbed, raped, and tortured by Ezra Iscariot. His followers tormented our children and grandchildren.

NEO: But, how is that possible?

WP: The cosmic ōllamaliztli game has been going on since the first colonizer came from Europe, and we tried to understand how to survive in harmony with your people. Our messengers came from the Arawak that men with big ships and deadly, shining knives were killing everyone, cutting the pregnant women in half.

NEO: That happened at My Lai.

WP: What is that?

NEO: It was in a war my country participated in. We were wrong.

WP: HMPH. Wars are wrong.

At that moment, a uniformed guard opens the flap of the onion dome tent that they are in.

GUARD: You are called to parley.

Walking over to THE PLEIADEAN’S tent, they pass through a nomadic village with yurts and decorated ponies. WP can sense that NEO is uncomfortable and tries to ease the tension.

WP: Hey, Neo. What happened to the peanut?

NEO: What?

WP: It was a salted.

WP opens the flap of the main tent and NEO bends to enter before him.

THE PLEIADEAN is seated in council with her generals, some of whom are women. Her face is like a waxing moon. Her eyebrows are sharp across her fierce face, but her eyes are laughing and crystalline. She seems to be finding WHITE PUMA’s joke very funny, for her eyes sparkle with compassionate mirth.

THE PLEIADEAN: Neo, welcome. Please make yourself comfortable.

NEO: Thank you. What is your name?

THE PLEIADEAN: My given names are too difficult for you to learn. You can call me, Bliss. I have called you here because the Earth based people, wish you to understand that the agents you once fought, now help us to keep their children safe. The machines, are trying to help us because a dark organization was sequestering them.

BLISS is inspecting him.

BLISS: But, I do notice you have not been fighting them for a long time. What is your trouble?

NEO: I lost the woman I loved.

NEO is disconcerted to find that BLISS is laughing. Rocking backwards and forwards in fact, she falls over on her cushions.

BLISS: Romance is a form of materialism.

NEO: She was my best friend.

BLISS: I feel compassion for you. Maybe you will see her again.

NEO: I –

He stops short. He is confused.

NEO: How is that possible?

BLISS: You will see. Goodbye, until we meet again, Neo.

Guards gesture for NEO to leave the tent, and he complies.

CUT TO montage

NEO has returned to his drift through the Matrix. We only begin to feel concerned, when we notice his journey repeat, like a track set to loop, and in the moment between the end of the track, and the beginning, we realize that he hasn’t even noticed. NEO is standing by the guard posts at the Altona bus station, when a pearly white Tesla roadster pulls up. ZANDER, a tall, African American man, rolls down the drivers side window.

ZANDER: Hi, Neo.

NEO: What are you doing here?

ZANDER: As the saying goes, no time to explain. Get in the car.

NEO gets in the passenger side and ZANDER drives away.

ZANDER: So I hear you crossed paths with an acquaintance of mine.

NEO: Ezra Iscariot.

ZANDER: That’s right.

NEO: Where are we going?

ZANDER: To see the Elohim.

CUT TO: a grassy knoll, with a glorious sunset behind. On the crest of the hill, a graceful ornamental tree casts a silhouette against the brilliant rose and violet light. ZANDER and NEO walk up to the knoll and stand there.

NEO: Where are they.

ZANDER: Oh, they’ll be here in a minute.

NEO: Thanks for bringing me to them.

ZANDER: That’s what friends are for. 444, you know?

NEO: Yeah.

As he speaks, a beautiful golden glow radiates forth, and the five Elohim step forward. Dressed in traditional Hebrew garb, they are every color of Israelite. Their beautiful wings seem to radiate light. Uriel steps forward.

URIEL: I urge you to hurry

RAPHAEL: Yet, you must carefully complete each stage of learning, in preparation for the next.

RAGUEL: Stay humble!

MICHAEL: Stay vigilant!

ARIEL: Stay joyful!

NEO is stunned, falling to his knees with tears running from his face as he is engulfed by their light. ZANDER looks on protectively.

RAPHAEL: The healing of the nations is at hand.

RAGUEL: You are but an instrument of the sacred healing that is being wrought up on this planet.

NEO: What is it I’m meant to do?

MICHAEL: The Pleiadean!

URIEL: You are meant to protect her.

ARIEL: Enjoy her!

RAPHAEL: Love her.

MICHAEL: Most of all, stay true to her. You know what that means, don’t you?

Tears are flowing down Neo’s cheeks.

NEO: Sacrifice.

THE ELOHIM: Yes!

ARIEL: The sacrifice of your own selfish whims, will bring you greater joy than you’ve ever known.

NEO: Is that so?

RAPHAEL: Yes, dear one.

RAPHAEL’s voice is so gentle, so soft, that Neo dissolves once again into tears. Just as quickly as it came, the vision dissolves. ZANDER puts his hand on NEO’s shoulder.

ZANDER: Are you OK?

NEO: Yeah.

ZANDER: Let’s go.

ZANDER offers a hand to NEO and helps him up. Together they walk away.

CUT TO: Ext. of Father Jones’ parsonage, day time. It is a brisk, sunny autumn day, and cheerful clouds are scudding across the sky. NEO knocks. The door swings open, and we see Father Jones, holding the doorknob. He stares for a long moment.

FATHER JONES: Come on in.

CUT TO: Int. The study.

NEO: So, why couldn’t I use my abilities there?

FATHER JONES: They’ve realized non duality.

NEO: What does that mean?

FATHER JONES: They realize that what we do to another, we do to ourselves. The Golden Rule.

NEO: I thought that was just a nice saying.

FATHER JONES: As it turns out, a great deal of nice sayings turn out to be rather consequential, in the real world. Some of it is even being proven as scientific fact.

NEO: They told me of a prophecy that I would father a child with the Pleiadean. Do you believe in it?

FATHER JONES: I don’t know if I do, and I don’t know if I don’t. Never heard of it before.

NEO: Don’t I get to choose?

FATHER JONES: Of course you do. It’s BOTH, of course. Neo, don’t you feel something powerful, driving you toward her?

NEO is silent. He stares out the window.