Apocalypse predictions are nothing new in human history. From the Judean civilization to the Mayans and Nostradamus, the end of humanity has been a topic of interest numerous times. Could 2022 be the time this prediction comes true?
The year 2022 is shaping up to be one of the most apocalyptic yet, at least if these predictions were to come true. Predictions of the end of humanity range from artificial intelligence (AI), and supervolcanoes, to asteroid impacts. But what might be our apocalyptic undoing? Will it be from mother nature, God, or ourselves? Some experts believe these predictions are highly-unlikely, while others are not so certain about what will happen.
2022 Apocalypse Predictions
In recent years, the end-of-the-world has been an inescapable topic, from the internet to mainstream networks like CNN or FOX and NASA. In 2012, the end-of-the-world became a phenomenon, with movies even hitting theaters with the whole plot involving the Mayan apocalypse. Just like 2012, 2022 is no different, and there seems to be no shortage of apocalypse predictions. Nuclear war, the next ice age, or an asteroid impact are just a few predicted, but the question remains, will it? Going off of the other past predictions dealing with the end-of-the-world, we likely will make it through 2022 unscathed, but there always is a possibility that we do not, according to researchers.
Enter The Matrix
This post-apocalyptic scenario has been used heavily in past decades with movies like 2001 A Space Odyssey, AI, and The Matrix. The downfall of humankind has been a prophecy told time and time again. Nostradamus, a famed prophet, gets partial credit for this prediction. In a way, human enslavement by machines is partially true, as most people spend their day attached to their screens and devices. Even news sources such as The Guardian entertain the idea. Although, it might be a while before AI can take over the human race, according to The Guardian.
Don’t Look Up
Nostradamus predicts a large meteorite or asteroid colliding into Earth later this year, according to Nostradamus. However, Nostradamus was also a large meteorite or asteroid hitting Earth last year in 2021, which was a near-miss. According to NASA, Asteroid 2021GW4, measuring 16 feet across, posed little threat as it would have most likely broken up into smaller pieces once in the atmosphere. So what does this mean for his predictions? At least when it comes to large meteorite and asteroid impacts, Nostradamus has been wrong so far. However, several other prophecies have come true, such as the coming of Hitler and the Atomic Bomb on Nagasaki, Japan, the Great Fire of London, and The Kennedy Assassination, to name a few.
Inflation and starvation
Two of these predictions for 2022 from Nostradamus came true. Nostradamus warned us against the rising prices in a failing economy. The pandemic, Brexit, the Russia-Ukraine war, and climate change have impacted inflation and starvation. According to Nostradamus, the cost of food and a failing economy were to come.
“No abbots, monks, no novices to learn;
Honey shall cost far more than candle wax”
“So high the price of wheat,
That man is stirred
His fellow man to eat in his despair”
Global Warming And Flooding
Nostradamus may be right about this one, given the climate over the past few years. Rising sea temperatures were something that Nostradamus predicted in 1555, not 2022, according to History Network.
“Like the sun the head shall sear the shining sea:
The Black Sea’s living fish shall all but boil.
When Rhodes and Genoa
Half-starved shall be
The local folk to cut them up shall toil.”
With all these Nostradamus predictions, some already happening, it is easy to think the end-of-the-world might be near. However, for the time being, it looks like humanity will continue to exist, as we have always done since the dawn of our species.