Thursday, September 24, 2009

Reality Trumps Prophecy

Somewhere in the bowels of my "quotations" folder, hides a collection of short-sighted sayings. These "prophecies" fascinate me because more often than not they are totally off-the-mark.  Trust me, I'm not immune to it.

One of the "five things about me" that I posted in my interview and giveaway on artbylmr's blog was that when they first appeared on the scene I predicted the Beatles were just a fad and wouldn't last!  HA! How wrong could I be????

I was recently reminded of this by an article in Time Magazine. Here's a few statements they posted:

"Sensible and responsible women do not want to vote." Grover Cleveland, 1905
(I take it then that men were foolish and irresponsible??)

"Our total national production 50 years from now will be four times as much as it is today." Harry Truman, 1950
(It turned out to be 33 times as large.)

It (Rock 'n Roll) will be gone by June." Variety magazine, 1955
(Rock around the clock and the calendar ....)

"It will be years - not in my time - before a woman will become Prime Minister." Margaret Thatcher, 1969
(You go, Maggie girl!!! Glad you were wrong.)

Actually, I'm glad all of them (and me!) were wrong. Think about it the next time you are tempted to make some grand pronouncement, like you really know what you are talking about.  ROFL!!

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