A letter written in 1995 and found in a wall in Australia is getting a lot of attention because of the eerily accurate predictions the author made about the future.
The letter, accompanied by a picture of Greg Wilkinson and his wife Roslyn Green on their wedding day, was written on Easter Sunday April 15, 1995 while Wilkinson, then 39, was renovating the couple’s home. Calling it a “time capsule,” he expected the letter to be found in 2060, but that was pretty much the only prediction he got wrong.
Wilkinson wrote, “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 added that the war will end only when “both sides realise that if this is what their God wants, then there probably isn’t one after all.”
He also wrote that China would become a “world economic superpower” and “Australia could become their target.” With that in mind, he urged his countrymen to learn “Chinese language and culture” and increase immigration from the county.
At the age of 61, Wilkinson emerged to claim the letter as his after it was posted by Sasha Ilic on Facebook on a page about bad experiences with electrical renovations, called Crappy Electric. His son, Mark, informed him in a comment on the post, “Dad, you are famous!” Wilkinson replied that he had indeed just been interviewed by the Sydney Morning Herald.
“I was sent to the house in Rozelle for a kitchen renovation, which later also added to a full bathroom renovation because of Greg’s lack of water proofing,” said Ilic. “The wall lining came off and a laborer found the letter hidden inside the bathroom stud wall. He read it and passed it around. When I saw the letter and read it, I thought it was pretty cool – I’ve only ever come across old newspapers hidden in walls. I wasn’t sure it was real until I saw the photo.”
“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 told the Herald. “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.”
Wilkinson’s wife died from cancer just two years after the letter was written.
“My beautiful Ros looking back at me from the past,” he noted.
In the letter, he explained that it was written using Windows V5.0 on a laptop with 8mb of RAM.
“This gear is near the top of the PC scale right now,” he wrote. “The big deal at the moment is the Internet. This is just exploding and every man and his dog wants to ‘surf’ the Internet. Please tell me this expression has now died.”
Impressed by the powers of prediction, one Facebook user asked him for the upcoming Lotto numbers.
Greg ends the letter by stating: “Hope I haven’t made the future look too bleak, but if one focuses on the problems of today, they would probably seem bleaker. We’re however having a ball.”
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