“Usually, people read the lesson of Freudian psychoanalysis as if the secret meaning of everything is sexuality. But this is not what Freud wants to say.
I think Freud wants to say the exact opposite.
In sexuality, it’s never only me and my partner, or more partners, whatever you are doing. It’s always…There has to be always some fantasmatic element. There has to be some third imagined element which enables me, to engage in sexuality.
So why does the Matrix need our energy? I think the proper way to ask this question is to turn it around. Not why does the Matrix need the energy, but why does the energy need the Matrix? That is to say, since I think that the energy we are talking about is libido, is our pleasure, why does our libido need the virtual universe of fantasies? Why can’t we simply enjoy it directly, a sexual partner and so on?
That’s the fundamental question. Why do we need this virtual supplement? Our libido needs an illusion in order to sustain itself.”
—Slavoj Zizek – The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema