It’s All Been Foretold

Born 14 December 1503 – Nostradamus, alleged French seer and one of the principal darlings of tabloid journalism, along with a few other odd creatures, including the Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot, and Lindsay Lohan.
The so-called “prophecies” of Nostradamus are, of course, utterly baseless, but after every catastrophe that occurs on the planet, someone will find a passage in “Le Propheties” that foretold it. This exercise requires that the person explicating the text and those who consider the interpretation valid must all neglect the inconvenient fact that the same passage had been used countless times on previous occasions for different events. It’s what stupid, lazy people do instead of reading and thinking – rather like being a member the Tea Party, for example, or joining a religious cult, or watching Fox News. However, while it is tempting to ignore the obviously nonsensical Nostradamus prophecies, surveys unfortunately indicate that roughly 20% of “adult” Americans believe that they are credible – and these people vote. I suppose this depressing fact partly explains the otherwise implausible popularity of Sarah Palin, Rick Perry, and Rick Santorum.

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