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  Posted: June 18, 2020      Views: 47

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That 96th Quatrain
"Forwarned" by Clockwise

Then again, maybe forewarned ISN'T forearmed. When you think about it, knowledge of the future, by itself, grants no advantage whatsoever. If I know tomorrow's winning numbers but don't buy a ticket, I'll still be as broke as I ever was.

I remain convinced that we are currently living in Nostradamus's 96th quatrain:

The people will be made deaf,
unaware of the trumpet's blast
The New City aligns itself with Cain;
old wounds made fresh again.

Besides the obvious, what could "made deaf" possibly mean? And, if we are somehow able to avoid becoming one of these unfortunate souls, what advantages might this afford us?

I don't have the answer to that last question, but am working diligently on the first. Social media, print media, the BBC, CNN, FOX news, radio, and videos uploaded to Youtube have all become my obsession. I follow every news story, double check sources and facts, and go through about two and a half spiral notebooks a day taking notes.

I feel like I am on the edge of an epiphany, which both motivates and frustrates me.

My current working theory is that being "made deaf" means being, or becoming, oblivious to the arguments on the other side. It's as if there are two Americas each living in their own reality. What started out as simple political disagreements has morphed into a refusal to agree on what the words we use even mean. Being unable to hear is essentially the same thing as hearing but not being able to interpret what was said. It could be argued that we have become 'deaf' to each other's meaning.

I'm reminded of the Old Testament story of the Tower of Babel. These ancient people were dead set on building a structure to reach into heaven so they could commune with God. God's disapproval of the project caused Him to confuse their language, basically making cooperation on the project impossible. I look around at the chaos in our cities today and imagine that's what Babel must have been at the moment of God's reprisal.

If all this is true, then my work is definitely cut out for me. Like an interpreter, I must become fluent in both languages, the left AND the right, if I am to avoid being made deaf. Perhaps I should do some research on being an interpreter, or at least look into theories of language.

In the meantime, I plan on avoiding New York City at all costs. Luckily, my training seminar at John Jay College scheduled for September was canceled due to Covid. I hope they don't reschedule until after the election.

Since the outcome of the U.S. presidential election seems like a foregone conclusion Nostradamus predicted 500 years ago, I have decided to stop sending the Joe Biden campaign any more contributions. They are saying on all the cable news channels that if the election were held today, he'd win in a landslide. I can't wait to see who he picks as his running mate! We will soon know the identity of the first female president of the United States.

If I hear any trumpet blasts, I'll let you know.
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