Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The Laws of Prophecy

"The Law of Surprise Fulfillment:
The most likely outcome is the one that nobody has anticipated.

The Law of Thwarted Expectation:
The most obvious interpretation is likely to be the wrong one.

The Law of Prejudicial Interference:
Preconception and prophecy do not mix.

The Law of Self-Fulfilment:
Prophecies tend to be self-fulfilling.

The Law of Diminishing Accuracy:
A prophecy's accuracy decreases as the square of the time to its fulfillment.

The Law of Divided Functions:
Prophecy and intrepretation are incompatible activities.

The Law of Prophetic Foreshortening:
Clairvoyance foreshortens the future.

The Law of Non-Existent Impossibility:
If it can happen, it will; if it can't happen, it just still might.

D's Law of Now:
Live in the present, and expect the unexpected."

Taken from The Armageddon Script: Prophecy in Action,
Peter Lemesurier, St. Martin's Press, 1981

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