1995 doesn't seem so long ago but if you do the math, you'll realize that’s 22 years gone by. It might not seem so long ago but when you think about it, the world has changed so much since then. This is mainly because of the rise of the internet.
Now, one man from Australia felt that change was coming. Back in 1995, Greg Wilkinson had an eerie sense of the things that were set to happen and he made sure to write a letter with his predictions. Although the letter was meant to be read in 2060, people found it in a bathroom in 2017. Many of his predictions are on point.
The letter was written on Easter Sunday 15th April 1995. Wilkinson wrote how he hoped it will be reopened in 50 to 80 years time. His wife Ros, who was pregnant at the time of writing, predicted it would be reopened in 2020.
"The big deal at the moment is the internet. This is just exploding and every man and his dog want to 'surf' the Internet. Please tell me this expression has now died." It has. Nobody really says "internet" either. What we do say now is: "Why is there no Wi-Fi? Is there Wi-Fi here?"
"I drive a Isuzu Trooper Turbo Diesel 3.2 liter 4 Wheel Drive. Most cars drive on unleaded fuel, but I sincerely hope that by the time you read this, there is some other form of non-polluting form of transport." Not everyone is driving a Prius but yes, electric cars are on the rise. Plus, France just declared that by 2040, sales of petrol and diesel cars will be banned from the country, so let’s hope more countries will follow its example.
"Families will go back to one parent working and the other looking after the kids. This will bring about a natural controlled recession, a less materialistic society with more social interaction in city suburbs." So not there yet…if we’ll ever go back there.
"Islam will become the next ideological problem sparking an equal and opposite reaction plunging large parts of the globe into a ridiculous 'holy war.' Each side believing they are more religious/righteous than the other. Fractions within either doctrine will also suffer this holier than thou attitude and this war will go on for a very long time until one side wins (impossible) or both sides realize that if this is what their god wants, then there probably isn't one after all."
"China will semi democratize, gear up as a world economic super power and then look out! America will be their largest trading partner and if they decide they would like some more space, I suspect Australia could become their target. With America being more dependent on us, they will be little help in stopping China from taking just what it likes. our only means of defense is understanding.”
“Learn their language and culture, and increase Chinese immigration so that whatever happens it will be peaceful. We would not win a war against them.” Not quite there but he’s right in that China is on the road to becoming a powerful economic country.
“Australia will become the envy of the world, whatever happens. It is a great place to live and should always remain a multi-cultural single nation.” Yeh, well, maybe this guy’s a little biased on this point!
Wilkinson ends the letter on a positive note. He writes, "I hope I haven't made the future look too bleak, but if one focuses on the problems today, they would probably seem bleaker. We're however, having a ball."
"We hope you enjoy living here as we did. We will stay here for quite some time yet, but by the time you read this, we will be old and grey, or dead and gone." Sadly for Greg, his wife would not get to see the letter reopened as she did pass away.
When the letter was published on Facebook, Wilkinson was annoyed. He wrote on Facebook saying, “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 is happy about one thing — that his wife was right in her prediction of the reopening. “I wanted it to stay hidden a lot longer but so happy it was here and was around to see it. My beautiful Ros almost picked the time it would be revealed.”