If there were such a thing as an evil matrix that we live in, something like the 1999 science fiction film, The Matrix, it is Darwinian fitness with its tremendous power to conceal the truth; to make truth an almost impossible goal.
"We are organisms, not angels, and our minds are organs, not pipelines to the truth. Our minds evolved by natural selection to solve problems that were life-and-death matter to our ancestors, not commune with correctness. . ." (Steven Pinker, How the Mind Works, p. 561).
But this Darwinian matrix that we inhabit with our bodies as its servants is not perfect. There are some holes in it. Some humans, like the Buddhas, do manage to find a way out of the matrix although it is not easy to escape from.
The American Goldfinch that I saw this morning at the bird feeder did not need truth to survive. Nor did he have to become a Buddhist and meditate. The same goes with all creatures including humans. All creatures and their various perceived worlds are more or less adequate for their survival, allowing them to reproduce their kind, but that is all such a world is good for. A creature’s ability to solve problems is not sufficient to break out of the Darwinian matrix in order to get behind it so as to see the truth and even know the ‘why’ of this matrix.
I also believe that there is, at a deep subconscious level, an unsettling fear within the human creature that truth might be able to destroy the Darwinian matrix should its power develop and strengthen. This fear evinced in apocalyptic literature to some degree or a great fear of some catastrophic geological event that will destroy all of mankind. But this is just a fear of the truth twisted into a narrative of blind destruction.
There are also, I suspect, counter forces to keep the bulk of humanity in this matrix one being sexuality which according to Malcolm Muggeridge is “the mysticism of materialism and the only possible religion in a materialistic society.” This religion, unfortunately, keeps us in bondage despite the pleasure and pain we derive from it.
Leisure, I would argue, is necessary to help truth establish a beachhead for a prolonged attack on the matrix—but not just any kind of leisure. Consider that one must self-deprogram themselves which, by the way, may have been what the Buddha had in mind when he started the monastic system in a society, at the time, that partially accepted truth.
Self-deprogramming goes much deeper in the case of Buddhism. It begins by understanding that our psychophysical organism and its constructed world that is perceived to surround it is a virtual reality which belongs to Mara the Evil One—something akin to the Gnostic Archons. The truth which always threatens to destroy the Darwinian matrix lies within us suppressed by the seductive and pervasive power of sexuality and its support structure. The human is born as a result of this power into the confines of this power from which escape is not given but in every way thwarted. Moreover, the human being is kept in a low-level trance sufficient to keep them disinterested in becoming awakened.