911 Synchronicities In
Movies, Books, And Music

By Michael Goodspeed
From where do artists "get" their ideas? Life experience, practice, and natural born talent are all critical factors in the development of the imagination. But many people have wondered if artists of every kind are able to tap into a collective wellspring, where ideas are not so much invented as discovered. Perhaps this could explain the apparently unintentional ability of certain artists to predict the future in their respective works.
In lieu of recent events in the USA, the writings of George Orwell seem particularly prescient. Other fiction writers who may have successfully predicted the future include Stephen King (who foretold of the reality TV craze in his books The Long Walk and The Running Man), and HG Wells (who is said to have predicted the invention of everything from tanks, to nuclear war, to industrial robots.)
Strangely accurate predictions and synchronicites can also be found in Hollywood movies. From the late 90s to early '01, I have noticed at least three chilling synchronicities relating to the terror attacks of 9/11.
Many members of the "9/11 Truth Movement" point to the 1998 film "Enemy of the State" as the most important film ever made about the "coming police state" (e.g. the Patriot Act.) "Enemy" tells the story of a lawyer (Will Smith), who unwittingly comes into possession of a videotape which shows the murder of a prominent senator by the NSA Deputy Director of Operations, Thomas Reynolds (Jon Voight.) The NSA utilizes highly invasive, cutting-edge technology to track Smith's character and locate the damning tape.
Smith's character eventually finds an ally in a disgruntled former NSA spook (played by Gene Hackman). The two men join forces, and in one scene, they perform a computer background search on the NSA's "Reynolds." They pull up his bio, and on the screen, we see his date of birth. It reads:
"Reynolds," the Deputy Director of an insidiously evil, rogue element of the NSA, symbolizes everything that privacy activists have come to fear. How ironic is it that this character's date of birth is September 11th?
Another strange coincidence (?) is found in the 2001 film, "Traffic." The Steven Soderbergh-directed flick generally argues that the drug war is an exercise in futility. In the film's opening sequence, a drug-van is pulled over and seized. When the boxes of drugs are removed, we see the same three digit number written on each of them:
Still another coincidence (?) is in the 1999 film Fight Club. This is the story of discontented young men who form an underground boxing club, and begin engaging in increasingly serious "terrorist" activity. In the final sequence of the film, the protagonist (known only as the Narrator) blows up several high rise buildings housing major credit card companies. The image of these buildings crumbling in great plumes of smoke is eerily similar to the images of 9/11.
In the aforementioned Stephen King (aka Richard Bachman) book The Running Man, there are numerous coincidences (?) relating to recent events, including 9/11. The protagonist is Benjamin Richards, an out of work breadwinner for a family of two, unemployed in a barren economy and forced to risk his life on a macabre game show called The Running Man. Richards' task is to elude capture for 30 days from law enforcement and a group of trackers called The Hunters. Citizens are told that Richards is a criminal, and will receive cash rewards as "patriots" if they turn him in. If Richards remains free for 30 days, his prize is a billion dollars. If he gets caught, he gets executed in the most violent manner imaginable on national television.
The world of the Running Man is worse than an Orwellian nightmare. Huge chemical companies have poisoned the atmosphere so severely that young children are dying of lung cancer. Only the wealthy can afford to breathe healthy air, provided by "nose filters" which run at several thousand dollars a pop (the secret is, nose filters can be made by anyone for a few dollars of cheap material.)
At the end of King's tale, Richards faces a choice of either joining the Network which poisons the air and broadcasts the Running Man...or he can die and kill some of his enemies. He hijacks a plane and flies it into the Network's corporate headquarters, the tallest tower in downtown New York.
The final paragraph of The Running Man brings unpleasant goose pimples to my arms:
"Heeling over slightly, the Lockheed struck the Games Building dead on, three quarters of the way up. Its tanks were still better than a quarter full. Its speed was slightly over five hundred miles an hour.
"The explosion was tremendous, lighting up the night like the wrath of God, and it rained fire twenty blocks away."
Numerous other chilling coincidences (?) surrounding 9/11 have been documented on various websites. In the article, "The Strange Pop Culture Coincidences of 11 September 2001," we learn of a shocking synchronicity involving the rap group The Coup. From
"(The Coup) was set to release an album in September 2001 called Party Music....
"Party Music's cover displays this 'prophetic' popular culture. Boots Riley, a known radical activist through his lyrics and attitudes, had previously released three albums with commentaries on the oppression of the poor by a callous wealthy class. The Coup worked with graphic artists in May and June of 2001 to create a cover to continue the symbolism.
"The result was Riley and band member DJ Pam the Funkstress celebrating a bombing of the World Trade Center south tower. Riley is hitting a guitar tuner rigged as a detonator, while Pam is waving two conductor's batons as if to give this destruction violent rhythm. Behind them, orange flames and smoke issue from 2 World Trade Center.
"It looked way too much like real life, especially since thousands of photos were taken at the very moment United Airlines Flight 175 hit WTC 2."
The Coup eventually released its album with a revised album cover, sans burning buildings.
These coincidences (?) may not count as hard evidence of the collective unconscious or psychic phenomena, but that does not mean we cannot learn anything from them. As sci-fi author Frank Herbert once said, "The function of science fiction is not always to predict the future but sometimes to prevent it."



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