As 2016 ends, numerous theorists have begun looking into the predictions of noted 16th-century philosopher Michel de Nostredame, better known as Nostradamus, as to what might transpire in the coming year. The French prophet has made a name for himself over the centuries after a significant number of his predictions came true, including the rise of Napoleon Bonaparte and Adolf Hitler, as well as the 9/11 attacks.
The French philosopher's predictions for 2017 paint a picture of change, and from what could be determined so far, the ingredients for some of Nostradamus' 2017 prophecies are already falling into place. Here is a look at three disturbing prophecies, as well as two encouraging predictions, that the French philosopher has declared for 2017.
The United States Would FallLooking at Nostradamus' 2017 predictions, the philosopher appeared to have seen visions that pertained to a massive change in the world's balance of power. Among these changes is the fall of a superpower, which many of the prophet's followers believe is the United States of America. According to Nostradamus' prophecies, the U.S.A. would start being increasingly ungovernable and incompetent, ultimately proving itself as a disappointment to the world, according to the Express. This would continue until such time when America would not be able to fulfill its role as a world leader effectively.
Nostradamus' 2017 predictions point to political corruption, civil unrest, and inequality, the rise of the corporate and financial elites, and the failure of the social system as causes for the United States' downfall. Overall, many of these are already happening, with President-elect Donald Trump, who has no political experience, set to take the reins of the country. Civil unrest has also become prevalent, as old problems such as racial discrimination have begun emerging once more.
China Would RiseAccording to the French philosopher's predictions, the coming year would also see the emergence of China as a world power, making bold moves in order to address the economic imbalances in the world. Considering that China has been significantly growing its power over the last few decades, this particular prophecy might very well come true. After all, with superpowers such as the United States seemingly set for a further decline, China has every opportunity it needs to make sure its rise to power is undisturbed.
This should not really come as a surprise, however, as the Asian superpower has been building itself as a formidable global force for decades. Since 1978, China has managed to transform itself from being a small player in the global area to an economic behemoth that attracts trillions of dollars in foreign investments. If Nostradamus' predictions about the United States do come true, there is a good yet disturbing chance that China might definitively replace America as the world's biggest superpower next year.
Global Warming Becomes A Trigger For WarNostradamus' 2017 predictions also suggested that the following year would see a massive, worldwide conflict over a very prominent topic -- global warming. As the Earth's resources get used up and as opposition to environment-friendly initiatives rises, tensions among nations might reach a boiling point, ultimately causing a war, or a "Hot War," as the philosopher's predictions state. According to Nostradamus, what is particularly terrifying about the upcoming conflict is the fact that biological warfare and terrorism might finally be utilized by some forces.
Just like the previous two prophecies, the ingredients for this disturbing prophecy seem to be falling into place. The stance of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on climate change alone is enough to get numerous followers of the French philosopher apprehensive, considering that the business mogul-turned president does not believe that climate change is real. This, of course, might not sit very well with other countries that are fully invested in the fight against global warming. In the worst case scenario, the United States' stance on climate change might become one of the catalysts for conflict in the year to come.
While the above prophecies are undoubtedly disturbing, not all of Nostradamus' 2017 predictions are negative. In fact, the French philosopher has also prophesied that the coming year would see humanity take significant steps forward. Here are a couple of Nostradamus' 2017 prophecies that are quite encouraging.
Solar Power Will Be KingNostradamus has predicted that the following year would see more and more nations across the world embrace clean energy, with solar power becoming the power source of choice for numerous countries. Nostradamus further stated that over the next year, solar power would be widespread enough that some countries would be able to run most of its operations exclusively on clean energy.
This, of course, has already begun, as nations all over the world continue to contribute in the battle against climate change. Solar power has consistently gotten more advanced over the years, with massive facilities being built all over the world. While America might be turning its back on clean energy for the next few years, the rest of the world would most likely continue in the worldwide shift to clean energy.
Commercial Space Flights Would BeginOn a lighter note, Nostradamus' 2017 predictions also stated that the following year would most likely see the debut of commercial space travel. While the costs of commercial space flights would most likely be out of reach for the common man, the fact that space would be open to civilians is already a massive step forward on its own.
Numerous firms, such as Virgin Galactic and Elon Musk's SpaceX, have already invested greatly in the development of commercial space flights. A handful of civilians has already made it to space in the past, though most of them had to pay millions of dollars for the experience. Within the next year, the doors to space tourism might finally open for more individuals.