The prophecies of Nostradamus and the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center?
The first 911 hoax was circulating by email within hours of the WTC attack. It said:
In the City of God there will be a great thunder,
two brothers torn apart by Chaos,
while the fortress endures, the great leader will succumb.
The third big war will begin when the big city is burning"
Since Nostradamus died in 1566, it's rather unlikely he wrote this passage in 1654. The quatrain is not to be found in his published work. It isn't a question of whether or not it accurately predicts anything, he simply didn't write it.
In generally What bothers me about the hype around the predictions is the lack of self-criticism of the readers and followers. The renewed interest seems to be purely based only on the contents of the prophecies.
People reject or accept the prophecies of Nostradamus based on how they feel it relates to real events. What I don't understand however, is how people can accept the idea that someone from the 16th century could have been able to know our future, and the possible consequences that such a feat would have. Because some of the predictions might have become reality, many people seem to have accepted his work as something with value. The methods and techniques used, although not understood, are accepted as legitimate and genuine without any further questioning.
The public opinion about the work of Nostradamus appears to be divided in two camps: the believers and the non-believers. The first group bases their confidence on the 'eerie' coincidence of some main events which took place during the last centuries with some of the predictions in the quatrains. The none-believers revere to the complexity of the writing and feel that you can always match a quatrain with an existing event if you want to.
One of the main questions is whether Nostradamus was a charlatan, a gifted and talented cheat or was he really able to do something that no one has been able to repeat or explain.
If he was a cheat, then he was truly gifted and talented. He kept millions of people puzzled for many centuries and that is not a small feat.
Imagine creating prophetic quatrains with no more knowledge about the future than just the fact that 'history repeats it self', lots of fantasy and imagination and the desire of people to believe in true prophecy. By writing the way he did, believers can interpret the quatrains in many ways, allowing them to encounter and see in them wathever they look for.