Rixon Stewart — May 10, 2013
Satanism is still very much alive in the 21st century. While some manifestations are simply a throwback to more ancient forms, complete with salutes to a horned god and even human sacrifices, others are in a more contemporary guise and consequently far less easy to spot.
Source Code, a 2011 movie starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michelle Monaghan, is a prime example of this. Devoid of any of the usual trappings of Satanism, it’s an intelligent and well-crafted thriller with references to “Out of Body” and “Near Death” experiences.
At least that’s how it seems on the surface. In reality, Source Code is based on a Satanic premise that’s made all the more convincing because it makes no obvious references to the occult. None whatsoever. So in the place of ghouls, demons and blood sacrifices we get a storyline that revolves around scientific research, Near Death Experiences and the War on Terror.
The fact that it is directed by David Bowie’s son and up and coming Hollywood director Duncan Jones makes it all the more intriguing. All the more so as Source Code is his first major feature.
The film begins when decorated Special Forces Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) wakes up on a train on route to Chicago with no recollection of how he got there. The last thing he recalls is fighting in Afghanistan. Nor does he know his attractive travelling companion, Christina (Michelle Monahan), although she seems to know him. Maybe intimately.
Stevens is alarmed and doesn’t know what is going on. He goes to the bathroom to regain his bearings only to look in a mirror to see he’s not staring back at himself – he is in another man’s body. Moments later a bomb explodes, ripping through the train and killing everyone on board.
Stevens isn’t killed though. Instead he wakes up to find himself strapped in a harness in a cold chamber he knows not where. In the darkness he can see a computer screen where a uniformed operative (Vera Farmiga) asks if he was able to find the bomb. He wasn’t and she tells him that time is running out and he should focus on locating the bomb when he returns.
Whereupon Captain Colter Stevens finds himself back in the train with Christina again. Only now he knows that a bomb is going to rip through the train carriage — and he has minutes to find it before it does.
That’s Source Code’s opening premise and from there Captain Stevens begins looking for the bomb. Getting closer to it and the bomber each time, before it detonates and he finds himself back in the chamber being debriefed and getting more instructions before being sent back to the train carriage again.
Nothing Satanic about that you might think. But that’s the whole point: there are no obvious references to archaic Satanism and Source Code’s all the more convincing without them. After all this is the 21st century, Satanism has moved on and Source Code presents us with a new, updated version.
After repeatedly being sent to the Chicago bound train just prior to the bomb blasts two things begin to dawn on Captain Stevens. First he may just be able to prevent the terrorist bombing. Secondly and perhaps more significantly, this cold dark chamber he returns to each time the bomb detonates is not a very nice place. Apart from being cold, dark and uncomfortable he has little real human contact with anyone beyond debriefings via his computer.
It becomes obvious why things are this way at the movie’s end; when Captain Stevens stops the terror bombing and the cold dark chamber he keeps returning to turns out to be a life-support system sustaining his severely injured body. Or at least his impression of it in his Near Death state.
Not only does Captain Stevens prevent the terror bombing but he escapes this deadly cycle when he assumes permanent residence in the body he found himself in on the train. In effect he takes possession of it and, to cap it all he gets the girl too.
A happy ending, on the surface at least, but an ending that conceals the movie’s dark Satanic subtext.
The fact that Source Code goes along with the “War on Terror” narrative should make us suspicious from the outset. After all, there’s strong evidence that 9/11, 7/7 and numerous other “terror attacks” were carried out in collusion with Western intelligence.
However in Source Code the “terrorist” turns out to be a single white male, the inference being he’s some sort of “lone-nut, white extremist”.
Beyond abiding with the offical version of the “War on Terror”, Source Code’s sinister subtext becomes more obvious on a deeper level.
The white lights, angels and reunions with deceased loved ones often reported by those who’ve undergone Near Death Experiences are entirely absent from Captain Steven’s experience. Instead we get the Military-Banking-Industrial complex’s version of a Near Death Experience; where Captain Stevens is kept alive by a machine to fight the “War on Terror” and his experiences are otherwise limited to a cold dark chamber.
The implication being that life and consciousness are rooted entirely in the physical world.
This is further reinforced by the fact that Captain Steven’s escape from this oppressive cycle, and into the arms of an attractive woman, is facilitated through another man’s body. Furthermore he escapes not through the spiritual realm but back into the physical world.
In other words: life begins and ends in the physical world, the inference being that there is nothing more. Unless, of course, it’s controlled and supervised by the Military-Industrial-Banking complex.
Here it is worth recalling what esoteric researcher Rudolph Steiner had to say about Satan. Originally known by the ancient Persians as Ahriman, he strove to limit man’s higher evolution by keeping mankind limited to the physical world. He succeeded insofar as the elements in which he thrived were also resident in men. In their most extreme forms like greed, acquisitiveness and rampant overweening materialism, Ahriman is able to contain or at least deplete men’s enthusiasm for spiritual attainment.
Apart from being active in the world of banking, Ahriman is also very much at home in the realm of scientific materialism, where nothing is considered real unless it can be physically quantified. Ahriman is in his element here where natural remedies are anathema and where countless animals are routinely sacrificed in the name of scientific research and the pursuit of corporate profit.
A world where drugs and machines are able to support a life of sorts. Exactly the sort of environment where Captain Colter Stevens broken body is sustained in Source Code.
This is Ahriman’s realm and it’s also a vital part of the world we inhabit too. However, it needs to be seen in perspective and balanced with a deeper spiritual perception.
That viewpoint is entirely absent from Source Code however. Instead, we get an afterlife overseen by technocrats waging a “War on Terror”. While Captain Stevens only escapes the war and an oppressive Near Death state after one of the technocrats relents and makes a deal with him.
Again the inference being that there is no God, there are no higher powers, the Military-Industrial-Banking complex’s technocrats are the ones in charge. While those who may oppose them are no more than “terrorists”.
Or as President George Bush once remarked on the eve of the Iraq War: “Either you’re with us … or you are with the enemy”.
So where do you think your loyalty resides?
Also see: 21st Century Satanism: A New Ethos