Johannes Friede (1204-1257)

"When the great time will come, in which mankind will face its last, hard trial, it will be foreshadowed by striking changes in nature. The alteration between cold and heat will become more intensive, storms will have more catastrophic effects, earthquakes will destroy great regions, and the seas will overflow many lowlands. Not all of it will be the result of natural causes, but mankind will penetrate into the bowels of the earth and will reach into the clouds, gambling with its own existence. Before the powers of destruction will succeed in their design, the universe will be thrown into disorder, and the age of iron will plunge into nothingness."

I'm not a global warming is man made kind of guy... but I do find it an interesting glimpse that a 13th century fella could envision a world where we believe we are affecting the weather in the exact manner discussed.  I'm also impressed that he could see that we are capable of gambling with our own existence.  In his day, everything was local - yet, he envisions a time when man is powerful enough to risk the lives of all men with their actions.  Did he glimpse the future or was he just an excellent judge of mankind and the possiblilities of our ways?

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Feb 11, 2009