Soon Neo will be confronted with a choice of paths. On Neo’s computer screen green-lit words appear, “Follow the white rabbit… Knock, Knock.” Simultaneously, Neo hears two loud knocks on his apartment door. This coincidence is a simulated synchronicity. The definition of synchronicity is an acausal, numinous pairing of an inner and outer event.
The reason the synchronicity is simulated is because Morpheus and Trinity are orchestrating the computer words (knock, knock) to be timed exactly with Choi’s two knocks on the door. Even though the synchronicity is simulated, it is still meant to be a meaningful coincidence in the movie. This synchronicity shocks Neo into a greater awareness. It is a sacred moment for Neo.
Then, Neo opens the door and is confronted with the profane. Choi and his seedy friends are there to buy illegal software. Choi and his friends invite Neo to a club. Neo replies, “I can’t, I have to work tomorrow.” DuJour (a woman) says, “Come on, it’ll be fun. I promise.” Neo hesitates, then he notices a tattoo of a white rabbit on DuJour’s left shoulder. Neo replies, “Yeah, sure, I’ll go.” Neo chooses to follow the spiritual path.
Follow the White Rabbit
This synchronicity (computer words, tattoo) is a sign given by the Self (through its representatives, Morpheus and Trinity) that leads Neo to open the door to a sacred path and follow the white rabbit. The statement “Follow the white rabbit” is an allusion to the Lewis Carroll book Alice in Wonderland. In the book, Alice follows the white rabbit down a rabbit hole to discover a new world.
Back to Neo or as the mad hatter – at the tea party directing those seated at the table to change chairs—says, “Clean cup, move down.” Neo moves down into his journey into his unconscious (through the rabbit hole into Wonderland) by following the synchronicities.
To be continued…