To say that the last two years of life on earth have been trying would be quite the understatement. In fact, it’s almost humorous to suggest that 2020 and 2021 were anything but abhorrent, and there is still plenty of suffering to go around as we approach ’22.
Sure, much of this has had to do with a global pandemic and the incredibly intense reactions that international governments have had to it. But we’ve also faced political upheavals, media malfeasance, and an alarming turn toward mass violence that was likely exacerbated by the aforementioned stressors.
Now, as we get ready to slide into a new year, historians are taking another look at the predictions of infamous pseudo-prophet Nostradamus…and it ain’t pretty.
As for food prices:
Nostradamus predicted that inflation and starvation will befall us in 2K22, writing, “So high the price of wheat/That man is stirred/His fellow man to eat in his despair.” An essential human truth is that people get hungry and then they get mean — and with US inflation the highest it’s been in nearly four decades, Nos’ warning proves, so far, so true. No word on whether the rising price of wheat inspired this guy or this guyto take a bite out of their fellow man.
How about a nuclear holocaust?
The heavy hits just keep on coming. Nos’ predictions are linked to astrological events more than calendar years and, for some time, devout doomsdayers have been awaiting a nuclear explosion that will trigger severe climate change. Based on this cheery passage, “For forty years the rainbow will not be seen/For 40 years it will be seen every day/The dry earth will grow more parched/And there will be great floods when it is seen,” we can posit that droughts and floods of biblically punishing proportions are coming. Judging by this summer’s historic drought and the painfully parched conditions in Chile, said punishment may already be upon us.Advertisement - story continues below
Add to this the recent revelation that China is allegedly armed, dangerous and at the ready to launch a nuclear strike that could presumably cause cataclysmic water shortages. Thus far, our leading defense against drought appears to rest in the hands and nether regions of moisture-awareness advocates Cardi B. and Megan Thee Stallion.
It even seems as though Nostradamus had his eyes on Bitcoin as well.
In addition to forecasting inflation, Nos nods to the rise of cryptocurrency in the year ahead. As Yearly-Horoscope translated from the original French: “The copies of gold and silver inflated/Which after the theft were thrown into the lake/At the discovery that all is exhausted and dissipated by the debt/All scripts and bonds will be wiped out.”
For all of the talk of Nostradamus’ alleged accuracy, there are plenty of predictions that simply missed the mark, and knowing what we know about the way the world has behaved in the last several years, it’s safe to say that all bets are off.