Matrixism or The Path of the One is a purported religion inspired by the motion picture trilogy The Matrix. Conceived by an anonymous group in the summer of 2004, it claimed to have attracted 300 members by May 2005, and the religion's Geocities website claimed "over sixteen hundred members". There is some debate about whether followers of Matrixism are indeed serious about their practice; however, the religion (real or otherwise) has received some attention in the media.
Matrixism, also referred to as "The path of the One," was primarily introduced in 2004. A website on Yahoo GeoCities created by an anonymous source provided the basis for the religion. Matrixism is inspired by the Matrix trilogy and its associated stories (including the Animatrix). However, these stories are not the sole foundation. The ideals of Matrixism can be traced back to the early 20th century to The Promulgation of Universal Peace, the record of talks by `Abdu'l-Bahá during his `Abdu'l-Bahá's journeys to the West in the United States. Nor is this the first time a book of his inspired a religious community to form.
Matrixism carries with it four main beliefs that are described as "The Four Tenets of Matrixism". Briefly these are: belief in a messianic prophecy, use of psychedelic drugs as sacrament, a perception of reality as multi-layered and semi-subjective, and adherence to the principles of at least one of the world's major religions. The Matrixism website singles out April 19 as a holiday - otherwise known as Bicycle Day, April 19 marks the anniversary of Albert Hofmann's 1943 experiment with LSD.
The adopted symbol for Matrixism is the Japanese kanji symbol for "red". This symbol was used in the video game Enter the Matrix. The color is a reference to the red pill, which represents an acceptance of and ability to see truth, as established early in the first Matrix film.
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English translation: Because there is nothing more fun than discussing a film, 1400 fans of the film have set up a new religion, Matrixism (not to be confused with Marxism). Just like their hero Neo from The Matrix, they release themselves from The Matrix with a red pill.
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