the choice


Oracle : Well, come on. I ain’t gonna bite you… Come around here and let me have a look at you… My goodness, look at you. You turned out all right, didn’t you? How do you feel?
Neo : I…
Oracle : I know you’re not sleeping. We’ll get to that. Why don’t you come and have a sit this time.
Neo : Maybe I’ll stand.
Oracle : Well, suit yourself.
(Neo sits on the bench)
Neo : I felt like sitting.
Oracle : I know. So… let’s get the obvious stuff out of the way.
Neo : You’re not human, are you?
Oracle : It’s tough to get any more obvious than that.
Neo : If I had to guess, I’d say you’re a program from the machine world. So is he.
Oracle : So far, so good.
Neo : But if that’s true, that could mean you’re part of this system… another kind of control.
Oracle : Keep going.
Neo : I suppose the most obvious question is…how can I trust you?
Oracle : Bingo. It is a pickle, no doubt about it. Bad news is… there’s no way you can really know if I’m here to help you or not. So it’s really up to you. Just have to make up your own damn mind… to either accept what I’m going to tell you or reject it. Candy?
Neo : Do you already know if I’ll take it?
Oracle : Wouldn’t be much of an oracle if I didn’t.
Neo : But if you already know, how can I make a choice?
Oracle : Because you didn’t come here to make the choice. You’ve already made it. You’re here to try to understand why you made it. I thought you’d have figured that out by now.

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Oracle : Okay, now I’m supposed to say, ‘Hmmm, that’s interesting but…’ Then you say —
Neo : But what?
Oracle : But you already know what I’m going to tell you.
Neo : I’m not the One.
Oracle : Sorry, kid. You got the gift but looks like you’re waiting for something.
Neo : What?
Oracle : Your next life, maybe. Who knows? That’s how these things go. I’m sorry, kiddo. I really am. You have a good soul and I hate giving good people bad news. But don’t worry, as soon as you walk outside that door, you’ll start feeling better. You’ll remember that you don’t believe any of this fate crap. You’re in control of your own life, remember?

(He tries to nod as she reaches for the tray of cookies)

Oracle : Here, take a cookie. I promise by the time you’re done eating it, you’ll feel right as rain.

(Neo takes a cookie, the tightness in his chest slowly beginning to fade)

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