Forsooth! Was Bitcoin Foreseen by Nostradamus?
An older Bitcoin conspiracy has resurfaced in which the 16th century seer Nostradamus supposedly foresaw Bitcoin.
It seems that a day can not pass in the last week without another Bitcoin conspiracy raising its head. First, we had the co-founder of Kaspersky Labs say that the cryptocurrency was created by US intelligence agencies. Then we had a UFO-themed YouTube channel claim that a rogue AI created Bitcoin, which was followed by another video saying that aliens were responsible. The latest one making the rounds is that Nostradamus foresaw the creation of Bitcoin way back in the 16th century.
Foreseeing the Future
Nostradamus was an author and astrological consultant who lived in 16th century France. He is famous for supposedly predicting many future events in the many different quatrains he wrote down. Supposedly, he envisioned the rise of Hitler, the French Revolution, both World Wars, and even the Challenger shuttle disaster.
However, some are suggesting that we can now add Bitcoin to that list of prophecies. A number of users on Reddit a few years back submitted the Bitcoin conspiracy that Nostradamus foretold the creation of the crypto. Now such views have resurfaced in a number of media outlets, presumably because Bitcoin had a banner year in 2017.
The Bitcoin Quatrains?
A Reddit user by the name of Viper2097 posted a quatrain by Nostradamus to supposedly show that the cryptocurrency was foretold centuries ago. Here are some of the pertinent parts:
Alas, how we will see a great nation sorely troubled and the holy law in utter ruin. Christianity (governed) throughout by other laws, when a new source of gold and silver is discovered.
Through lightning in the arch gold and silver melted, Of two captives one will eat the other: The greatest one of the city stretched out, When submerged the fleet will swim.
They will prepare idols of Kings and Princes, Soothsayers and empty prophets elevated: Horn, victim of gold, and azure, dazzling, The soothsayers will be interpreted.
The great credit of gold and abundance of silver will cause honour to be blinded by lust; the offence of the adulterer will become known, which will occur to his great dishonour.
The copies of gold and silver inflated, which after the theft were thrown into the lake, at the discovery that all is exhausted and dissipated by the debt. All scrips and bonds will be wiped out.
Another Reddit user, Gritbits, suggested that Satoshi Nakamoto was foreseen by Nostradamus with the following prophecy:
Born in the shadows and during a dark day, He will be sovereign in realm and goodness: He will cause his blood to rise again in the ancient urn, Renewing the age of gold for that of brass.
While an interesting thought, the reality is that the prophecies written down by Nostradamus are insanely vague. This means that they can be endlessly twisted to suit anybody’s needs. Compounding the issue is that most translations of his writings are very poor, which makes his actual words and meanings essentially impossible to know.
The only prophecy I’m interested in is how long I should hodl my bitcoins for and any future ups-and-downs that the cryptocurrency will go through. As for conspiracies surrounding the creation of Bitcoin, I can’t wait to see what floats up next. Perhaps survivors of lost Atlantis?
Do you have a favorite Bitcoin conspiracy? Let us know in the comments below.
Images courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, PublicDomainPictures, Pixabay, Shutterstock, and Bitcoinist archives.