How's life treating you and how's that book coming along?
Excellent question, "What IS real." It goes all the way down to the core of our belief systems and the fabric of our universe and reality.
Morpheus nailed it. Movie or not, his statement was undeniably correct. "If real is what you can feel, smell, taste and see, then 'real' is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain."
One of my favorite Morpheus quotes which is a very Christian concept whether the filmmakers meant it that way or not, is
- "The Matrix is a system, Neo. That system is our enemy. But when you're inside, you look around, what do you see? Businessmen, teachers, lawyers, carpenters. The very minds of the people we are trying to save. But until we do, these people are still a part of that system and that makes them our enemy. You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inured, so hopelessly dependent on the system, that they will fight to protect it."
Replace "The Matrix" with "This dimension" and voila, it's almost word for word straight out of the Bible.