zionmatrixText=Written May 2003 By Jason Payne (firstname.lastname@example.org) www.X-matrix.net
Zion is a program, just like the Matrix. The Matrix exists within another "matrix", or more accurately, alongside another "matrix". Hence why Neo is able to stop the sentinels in Zion near the end of Reloaded? The spoon given to him earlier may have given him the inspiration and the understanding that Zion is still a matrix. And the fact that Smith was able to infect Bane in Zion also indicates Zion is a program.
"The One" is also a program, but must be "attached" to a human avatar in the Matrix. So Mr. Anderson became encoded with it in the 6th version of the Matrix. "The One" program's purpose is to allow Zion to be destroyed then to rebuild it. The reason for this is because of anomalies - the 1 per cent of humans that don't accept the Matrix. These are all brought out of the Matrix program and into the Zion program by the "Morpheus" program and other similar "ship captain" programs. Then once all the anomalies are out of the Matrix (and in Zion), that is the time for Zion to be destroyed, thus killing and eradicating all the anomalies. The Matrix is then upgraded, thus creating the next version of the Matrix, but Zion must be rebuilt so that the next batch of anomalies can be brought out again so that they too can be destroyed. This is the feedback-loop, and is the reason to retain a handful of people so that Zion can be rebuilt. And is why Neo said the prophecy was a lie - the One's purpose was not to end the war as the prophecy stated - it was just "another system of control."
"The One" program must be re-used with each version of the Matrix, or copied, so that it can be "attached" to a new avatar within the Matrix, and so that the old avatar relinquishes his powers and goes on to complete his task in rebuilding Zion (Architect: "The function of the One is now to return to the Source, allowing a temporary dissemination of the code you carry, reinserting the prime program. After which, you will be required to select from the Matrix 23 individuals... to rebuild Zion"). However, the old "The One" program faces deletion, and as the Oracle explained, it goes into exile instead, just as the Merovingian did. He was the first One (from one of the first versions of the Matrix), and once he'd fulfilled his duty, he became an exile program and "abdicated" his "Oneness" by choosing Persephone and power. This is evident when Persephone asks Neo to kiss her. She says she wants him to kiss her so she can feel what it is like again to be kissed by something close to human, just like the Merovingian used to be. She expresses her envy of Trinity, and that these things are not meant to last. So the Merovingian used to be just like Neo - a "One" - the feedback-loop just keeps repeating itself.
The Correct Door
The Architect gave Neo a choice. All the previous One's chose the right door allowing a "temporary dissemination" of their code into the Matrix, then to select (unplug) 23 people from the Matrix to rebuild Zion. Morpheus talked of this occurring previously: "there was a man born inside, able to change things, it was he who freed the first of us," - basically the One previous to Neo. Neo's purpose is also to choose the right door, but he does not because of his love for Trinity and his desire to save her. Thus, contravening his purpose and the actions of all previous Ones, he chooses the left door. But how was this time different to previously? The Architect explains: "It is interesting, reading your reactions. Your 5 predecessors were, by design, based on a similar predication - a contingent affirmation that was meant to create a profound attachment to the rest of your species, facilitating the function of the One. While the others experienced this in a very general way, your experience is far more specific - vis-a-vis love." But why is there this love between Neo and Trinity? The Oracle told Trinity that she would fall in love with Neo and thus their love blossomed. It is upon learning of this relationship (on the park bench) that the Oracle says, "you've made a believer out of me" - a human-like emotion because now she has hope... hope that Neo will finally choose the other door. The reason she wants to do this is because she too contains the anomaly, she is also fundamentally flawed - there is no escape from the anomaly for the machines.
As far as the Architect is concerned, the anomaly is all the humans that do not accept the Matrix. The Architect says, "Your life is the sum of a remainder of an unbalanced equation inherent to the programming of the matrix. You are the eventuality of an anomaly, which despite my sincerest efforts I have been unable to eliminate from what is otherwise a harmony of mathematical precision. While it remains a burden to sedulously avoid it, it is not unexpected, and thus not beyond a measure of control." This includes Neo, but Neo's Matrix avatar is attached with "The One" program so that he can follow his purpose as explained previously. However, he is also supposed to protect himself and destroy anything that gets in his way - i.e., Agent Smith - so that he may fulfil his purpose.
The clue to the actual anomaly is Neo's program name - "The One". Take one-third for example. 1 over 3 is 0.33333 recurring. A computer cannot deal with recurring numbers, so must accept a limit, let's say 0.33333 for argument's sake. Multiply by 3, you get 0.99999 - never 1.00000, where has the "remainder" 0.00001 (One) gone? This is the limitation of computers, this is the mathematical imprecision inherent in programming (of the Matrix) and the eventuality of the One anomaly unable to be eliminated. "NEO", incidentally, is an anagram of "ONE". Trinity and Neo - one on one; a choice - one or one. Leads us to 101. "101" is mentioned numerous times in M1 and Reloaded: Neo's room at the beginning of M1, the Merovingian's restaurant is on the 101st floor, the 101 freeway of the car chase in Reloaded, then when Trinity is hacking into the power plant system, she resets the password to Z10N0101 (indicates that she is a program because of her particular choice of password). 101 is binary for 5, which in zero-based binary counting: 000 is 1, 001, is 2, 010 is 3, 011 is 4, 100 is 5, 101 is 6 - And this is the 6th version of the Matrix! Then there's 303. 303 is the room Neo got shot in M1, the Oracle lives in room 303, it's also the hotel room number Trinity is in at the start of M1. 101 x 3 = 303, a trilogy, 3 plus 0 plus 3 = 6 = the 6th Matrix. Trinity means 3.
Why was Neo chosen to be the One?
Neo is a skilled hacker, and he was grown by the machines to be genetically based on the person that founded the AI of the original machines that eventually took over the world evident from the disc that he sold to Choi at the beginning of M1, which said "DISC AI" on it.
So, as he created AI, he also encoded the anomaly and as any good programmer putting in a back door like this would, only he would be able to circumvent the anomaly. By genetically recreating him and allowing him to become a professional programmer and a skilled hacker just like the original creator, Neo not only contains the anomaly, as everything created by the AI contains the anomaly, but being based on the creator of AI, he also contains the solution.