Could everything that Neo learns about the Matrix actually be true of our very own “real” world? This is no less than what Buddhism teaches. The Buddha is supposed to have acquired supernatural powers, just like Neo’s, when he achieved Enlightenment.
The movie, therefore, need not be just a science fiction story about human slavery to sentient machines, but an allegory of human slavery to Sam.sÃ¢ra, the illusory world of birth, death, and suffering.
Plato would not say “There is no spoon.” The prisoner leaving the Cave could see the Spoon Itself, the eternal and unchanging Form of the Spoon. Only a Buddhist could say about all of reality what the boy says about the spoon:
We leave the Cave to discover that behind the spoon there is Emptiness