Albert Einstein once said, “Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one”. Reality is the true state of the world encircling us, whereas an illusion is the erroneous interpretation of reality. Illusions derail people from their sanity: they cause them to inadvertently live lives obscured by their identity at the true surface of life. As a result, the outcomes for these people and their environment are commonly atrocious, however, some sources may try to convince otherwise. These perceptions can be dreams or emotions tied to a movie or book, and one may even wonder, can someone’s illusion become a reality? The topic of illusion versus reality is confronted and contemplated by many different mediums such as films, history, and even psychological studies. Although the repercussions of misinterpreting illusion for reality will not consistently be pernicious, it is for certain that they will always be adverse. The idea of illusion masking reality is no alien idea. The characters from The Matrix were blindfolded by happiness as they were stuck in an imaginary simulation where people are prisoners from reality. People in the matrix only see what the machines show, making it difficult to wake up from a continuous dream show, trapped in an illusional world unable to break free. The agents are a group of people aware of this hidden truth and attempt to awaken their hero, Neo, from this dream-like simulation. When he visits the Oracle for the truth, she says, “You’re going to have to make a choice. In one hand, you will have Morpheus’s life. In the other hand, you will have your own. One of you is going to die. Which one, will be up to you” (Source C). The false happiness of the matrix was insufficient to satisfy Neo after learning the truth, and the only way for him to escape the matrix was to shatter the rules of reality; to die and relive again. Neo then encounters Morpheus, an ally, and faces him in a battle, however, halfway through the fight Morpheus mentions, “Do you think my being faster, stronger has anything to do with my muscles in this place? Do you believe that’s air you are breathing now?” (Source C) Morpheus, aware of the limitations one may have in the matrix vs the real world, attempts to enlight Neo on how the rules of reality do not apply in this world. While Neo , blinded by the illusion of ‘reality’, believes Morpheus is stronger, they are one in the same in the simulation of the matrix. Even so, the matrix is no lone world brimful of illusions: we are way adjoined to faulty perceptions than presumed. Whether it is our taste buds that go awry, or our eyes that deceiving our own self, they’re many physical illusions bestowed upon us in our lifetime. Donald Hoffman, a professor of cognitive science, presented the idea of whether what we see is the true reality we live in. He presented an analogy on the Australian jewel beetle: dimpled, glossy, brown, and flightless. The male flies look for a female to mate, but instead, alight with beer bottles that are also dimpled, glossy, brown and flightless. Losing all interest in the females, the males swarm all over the bottles trying to mate. According to Hoffman, “The species almost went extinct. Australia had to change its bottles to save its beetles…the males had successfully found females for thousands, perhaps millions of years.” (Source G) Due to the beetles believing an illusion as their reality, they were unable to interpret the difference between the bottle and a female beetle, nearly resulting in their extinction. As said by Hoffman, “for example, we all see a cube, but the screen is flat, so the cube that you see is the cube that you construct. We all see a cube because we all, each one of us, constructs the cube that we see” (Source G) The beetles saw the qualities of a female beetle, thus constructing a female beetle in their minds. The world is inclined to believe our perceptions is a window on reality, however those illusions become insignificant as the perceptions become futile. Doubt remains constant in today’s society as it plays a role of figuring out whether something is right, wrong, true or false. But, how can one rely on doubt with no hesitation? The philosopher who gets the gold medal for taking this “how do I know what I know?” paranoia to astounding levels is the modern philosopher, scientist, and mathematician René Descartes. After proving some of his conjectures were false, he pondered on whether what he believed to be true were also fallacious. Still, “Descartes had cause to doubt everything… everything except the fact that he was doubting. He knew he was doubting, he could be sure of that. And if he was doubting, then he must exist at least as a thinking thing. After all, a doubt is a thought, and if there is a thought, there must be a thinker having those thoughts” (Source D). Descartes knew it was impossible to doubt his own existence; he can doubt everything else but the idea that he is a mind having thoughts, whether they be true or false perceptions of reality. But what if ignorance is the only way to bliss? Cypher, a member of Morpheus’s Nebuchadnezzar crew, intentionally drops out of the real world (the world outside the matrix) in order to begin a new life in the contrived matrix. instead. In order to do so, he must kill his crewmates by pulling the plug in the outside world, which disconnects them from the matrix and leads to immediate death. Trinity, who devotes her life to the fight against the oppression of mankind, argues with the dropout Cypher, declaring that “Trinity: The Matrix isn’t real. Cypher: I disagree, Trinity. I think the Matrix can be more real than this world. All I do is pull the plug here. But there, you have to watch Apoc a member of the crew die” (Source C). To Cypher, the illusion of the matrix is preferable to reality even if it is insatiable; he wants to forget the unvarnished truth of the matrix to live out a pleasant illusion. Towards the end in “The Matrix Revolutions”, Neo is to fight till his death in the hands of Agent Smith after he got jacked by the machines into the matrix; Neo is no longer active inside the Matrix and explodes into light. Following a long struggle, Neo fulfils the prophecy of the ‘chosen one’, sacrifices himself and achieves to save a small number of refugees: people who had escaped the matrix with the help of Morpheus and his crew. He escaped from the matrix simulation into the real world, leaving his body behind to be presumed dead to all the people inside, but, he indeed lives and may return somehow -as the Oracle states in the end. To Neo, reality was preferable over illusion even if the truth is undelightful; the matrix was so furtively detrimental, the sole way to escape was to die within the simulation. Precisely how Neo must die to realize he’s living, Descartes doubts himself to prove his existence. Ignorance can only feign bliss if one is masked with a false perception of happiness, leading nowhere to one’s prosperity. Although people take conflicting stances on whether an illusion can construct a reality, like Einstein mentions, every reality is an illusion; a misconception of reality perceived through the eyes of the person experiencing it. Mediums like the Matrix, Donald Hoffman’s TED Talk and Descartes’ studies delineate the battle between illusion and reality, and of course, reality succeeds. Illusions don’t frequently become futile when compared to reality, but it is up to them to choose between the blue pill and the red pill.