I loved The Matrix.

In my favorite scene, Neo straps himself to an archaic dentist’s chair. He’s learning martial arts by “downloading” them into his brain. Once installed, he can use them in the digital world. To make the downloads, Neo’s colleague plugs a thick cable into the back of Neo’s skull. He taps a button on his screen, and Neo’s “training” begins.

Wouldn’t that be awesome? Instead of dedicating a slow, tedious decade to one martial art, we could plug in, download it, and be awesome.

But life isn’t like that, is it? To master something, a slow, tedious decade is almost mandatory.

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