The Meaning of Life : A Look Through the Matrix.

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Junior Shin

The Meaning of Life

In the Linnaean system of classification, humans are categorized as Animalia. Because we have a backbone, hair, suckle our young, and share certain morphological characteristics with apes and monkeys, we also belong to the Chordata phylum, the Mammalia class and the Primate order, among others. In this system, the only grouping that clearly separates us from the monkeys and gorillas is the Homo genus, being our generic classification as "human." Scientists worldwide have accepted this classification, but in theory, what real truth does this label hold?

Oddly enough, the careful review of human classification by this approach makes it seem indisputably flawed. Although it may hold true that we have large physical similarities with the lower class of primates, our mental capacities are incomparable. Unfortunately enough, humans are given the capabilities for analytical intelligence and reflective thought; because of this, mankind is the only grouping with so many blessings and curses simultaneously.

Agent Smith of the Matrix noted this difference:

I'd like to share a revelation I had during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species. I realized that you're not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment but you humans do not. You move to an area and you multiply until every natural resource is consumed. The only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus.

Agent Smith was correct in one aspect of his statement -- humans are not mammals, but his new classification of our species was inaccurate, mainly because he did not have the means or perception to understand our race. Humans...