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Posted by Richard David/">Richard David on August 2, 1999 12:24:50 UTC

It is safe to say that the world survived the month of July, 1999. This is the month that Nostradamus predicted would be the beginning of WWIII. It's the most explicit prophecy that I know of, "the 7th month of 1999". WWIII was to last 25 years according to Nostradamus. There is a required precursor that has not yet happened. According to the monk, we will know that the war is near when the Russian leader with a mark on his head comes back into power. Which brings me to my view of doomday prophecies. It ain't necessarily so. But it is a warning. I think all such prophecies are viable warnings, which could come true if the world does not keep the peace. It seems to me that the ingredients for human suicide are built into the system. There must be numerous planets in the universe where intelligent life has evolved. In doing so the lifeforms competed with one another most likely waging war in the process. War perhaps more than any other impetus fosters technical progress until inevitably each technical civilization developed fission and then fusion weapons. With these weapons we can commit suicide, if we so wish. And every other advanced civilization that ever developed on other planets most likely faced the same challenge. The prophets merely come to warn us of the possibilities. They tend to predict the worse case scenario so that we take their prophecies more seriously. So we are living in the most important time of the history of the earth, at least the human history, the time when we decide if our species is to survive, for the means to end our species, or any other intelligent species are built into the structure of the universe. The time of peril has not passed. But we should be pleased that it's August.

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