posted on Jun, 7 2013 @ 06:17 AM
The other day I was re-reading one of my favorite books, and came across a passage that startled me. I hadn’t given it any special notice before,
but now it stood out as though the letters were written in red ink:
“’Now, dates don’t mean much on the beach, but I keep a calendar. And it may interest you to know that the date is September the 11th.’ As a
matter of fact, it interested me a lot to hear that the date was September 11, because it meant it was close to five months since I’d left England.
I was surprised that it interested everyone else to the extent that it did. There was a ripple of exclamations around me, and someone whistled.”
The Beach Alex Garland, page 270.
So what’s the big deal, you’re asking? Well, for starters, the book was published in 1997. Then there’s the fact that the novel, if you
haven’t read it or seen the movie, concerns a remote, idyllic society that descends into bloodshed. The titular beach is a metaphor for people who
live in ignorance and isolation of the real world, escaping into drugs and video games, until the real world visits them with ugly brutality and
death, on September 11th.
From the context of the passage, we learn that the reason people are so interested in the date is because it is the Tet holiday, and the anniversary
of the first three people finding the beach and beginning to establish the colony.
It’s a coincidence, you say. The author picked a day at random, or it was his dog’s birthday or something. And that’s certainly possible. But I
have read a lot of fiction, and I know for a fact that setting specific dates is not done too often, for the simple reason that it forces the story to
take place during certain years, and this is not always desirable or convenient for the author. Yes, there are some books, such as techno or spy
thrillers, where the date is very important, and they will start each chapter with the date and the location that the chapter is taking place. But to
call attention to a specific date in the middle of the text is highly unusual.
Now, I am not saying that Alex Garland, the writer, was somehow privy to secret knowledge of a conspiracy to commit acts of terror and wrote about it
in his fiction. For starters, it’s about an island, not planes crashing into buildings. That would be a lot more amazing of a prediction. But it
does seem that, like many film makers, musicians, and writers, Mr. Garland seems to have tapped into some zeitgeist while searching for
So here’s the theory: there are some events in human history that are so large, so influential that they send out “shock waves” through time
and space that are picked up by “sensitives,” or people that are tuned into different wavelengths than the rest of us. The artists do not get
some kind of prophetic message dictated to them, but have certain feelings about certain details that find their way into their work. Once the event
occurs, it seems as though they had some kind of foreknowledge of the event.
I don’t propose to understand how such a thing could even take place in any kind of scientifically verifiable fashion. But I do know that there
have been some pretty amazing “predictions” in the past, made by artists who claimed no psychic ability. There was a novel that came out years
before the Titanic was built, a book which eerily predicted that ship’s fate, with absolutely stunning detail. In the book, the ship was called The