Originally Posted by James81
It's like in the move The Matrix where there are people who woke up from their reality to realize they were living in a dream world. Whereas MILLIONS of people didn't question their reality to that point that they realized this...those people, perfectly content to live in that "dream world" never woke up because it wasn't in them to wake up. Even when they won the war in the third movie, it was understand that there would always be a group of people connected to the matrix because they could not handle something different than what they always knew.
Which is what made the character Sipher so dramatic. He knew the real world and wanted to go back to the dream world.
I actually always wondered why none of the people that got "freed" questioned whether the real world they found themselves in really was the real world. If only 1 percent of people question the matrix at all, and so few question a second layer of it, why wouldn't the machines have just made a couple of layers of them. Maybe they even did, but we never know in the movies, and all that strife was just to make it convincing.
I think you're only a slave when you are in a situation you don't want to be in, but are somehow unable to get out of in a satisfying way (as in without landing in a worse situation). This inability though is often only a perceived one instead of a real one, and it's good to remind people of that (as Steve is trying to do as far I as can see). If you're happy with your job, your simply not a slave. Even a sub isn't really a slave, he/she is just pretending to be. I would assume that for most subs, the "slavery" would stop being fun if it became actually slavery.