Now let us apply the Abagond Principle to 2506.
This is what we say: Whatever existed in 1506 (like this Raphael) and still exists now in 2006 will most likely still exist in 2506. Also, inventions aside (they seem to be a special case), whatever exists in 2006 that did not exist in 1506 may no longer exist by 2506.
Got it? Here we go:
What will still exist in 2506:
- China as one of the chief countries in the world
- People who know Latin, Greek, Sanskrit, Chinese or Arabic
- Ovid, Virgil, Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Augustine, Dante and Aquinas as known authors
- empires and wars
- falling in love
- living in cities
- rich and poor (yes, still)
- Roman alphabet
- the Bible
- Christianity: Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy, but maybe not Protestantism (but if not, some new form of Christianity will take its place).
- the Koran
What may no longer exist in 2506:
- the West on top
- English as a world language
- the United States
- the age of science and invention
- the metric system
- a world of democratic nation-states
- free market capitalism
If you went forward in time to 2506, you would find the people to be taller, follow laughable fashions in hair and dress, and eat strange food. You will wish for some pizza. But there will still be bread and wine and cheese, so maybe you will be able to get by.
English will no longer be a world language. It will still exist, but it will be barely known outside of its home regions. Like Spanish and Chinese are today.
The United States will no longer exist: English-speaking North America may be divided up into small, warring states or, more likely, it will become part of some world empire.
It is the language of that world empire that will take the place of English. Since the West will no longer be on top, the world language will not be a Western tongue. Possibly Chinese or Arabic. Or some language that in 2006 has only 60 million speakers, like Urdu, Turkish or Tamil. Just as no one in 1506 would have predicted the rise of English as a world language (even in England people would have predicted Latin or at least Italian), so now it is next to impossible to predict the same for 2506.
Life will be longer and spent in better health. The diseases that we suffer from – cancer and heart disease – will be gone, but other ones we barely know about, like certain rare brain diseases, will become the great killers of that time.
They will know much more science and for that reason they will be able to do and make things that seem impossible to us. For example, they might be able to get from New York to London in four minutes. I know that sounds mad, but if you told someone in 1506 that by 2006 you could cross the Atlantic in half a day, you would sound just as mad.
But even though their science and invention will be far better than ours, you will find that it does not interest them. They will take it for granted and not think much about it. Your wonder at it will make you seem simple and your great interest in it will make you seem a bit strange. Their best minds will not be in science but in theology, of all things!
The age of invention and discovery that we live in is, when you look at history, a rare thing. And by 2500 this one will be finished. Another such age will probably not come again till about 3500 when another genius like Thales and Galileo will come along and start asking new questions in new ways and start another age of science.
So the great minds of 2506 will not have “turned their backs” on science. Rather the science that we know, the science that was started by Galileo, Bacon and Descartes, will be played out by then. Just as Greek science was played out by Augustine’s time. There will be nothing new in it left to do and everyone will know it.
So a great age of faith will follow when men turn their minds from the stars and their courses to God and His will. Saintliness, not science.
No great new world religion will arise, strange to say. There will still be Islam, Christanity, Buddhism and all the rest. There will be a new religion in India, but it will not extend beyond India. And there will be a new branch of Christianity that will take the place of Protestantism (which by 2506 will be close to dead, at least in the form we know it). Catholicism and Easter Orthodoxy will still be around. There will be a pope, maybe in Rome.
Notice that the defeat of the West by Islam and the rise of a Caliphate that rules most of the world fits all of the above rather well. Maybe a little too well.
Related: My predictions for 2006-2034