Greg Wilkinson built a wall around his house in Sydney, Australia, back in 1995. In doing so, he decided to bury a time capsule that he wanted to be unearthed around 2020.
Recently, the time capsule was dug up and it was revealed that a lot of his predictions came true.
Among more innocent things like the fact that the letter was written on a “486DX PC with a 8 megabytes of RAM,” the letter also called the rise of Islam.
“Islam will become the next ideological problem sparking an equal and opposite reaction plunging large parts of the globe into a ridiculous ‘holy war,’” he wrote.
“Each side believing they are more religious/righteous than the other. Factions within either doctrine will also suffer this holier than thou attitude and this war will go on for a very long time until one side wins (impossible) or both sides realise that if this is what their god wants, then there probably isn’t one after all.”
Conservative Tribune reports:
Of course, he was right on two accounts: radical Islamism was the next major issue, and it has plunged many parts of the world into a holy war — not just pitting Islamists against Christians, but Islamists against atheists, Islamists against Muslims, and even some Islamist groups against one another. And this was six years before 9/11, keep in mind. Those are some pretty accurate predictions.
There is one area where he was wrong, however. In the West, people have become considerably less religious and have tried to be accommodating to Islamism. That hasn’t happened on the other side. If anything, Islamism has become even more strident and less accommodating.
Some of Wilkinson’s predictions didn’t come true. He predicted that China would “semi democratise” and “gear up as a world economic super power” and possibly get into a war with Australia. (He got the second one right, but I haven’t seen the possibility of a war between China and Australia or the semi-democratization he predicted.)
“I hope I haven’t made the future look too bleak, but if one focuses on the problems of today, they would probably seem bleaker,” Wilkinson said. “We’re however, having a ball.”
Now 61, Wilkinson said he was a tad shocked when he learned that the letter had been dug up.
“At first when I saw the letter up on Facebook I felt a little violated… Then having thought about it and with the predictions it really highlighted the progress of the internet in 22 years and, without it, how would they ever have found me?” Wilkinson said.
“I received a Facebook messenger request and a very nice guy asked if I was the right guy and pointed me to it…. and there it was. It almost brought me to tears.”
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