I found the entire thing utterly fascinating, a little disturbing, something to make you truly think about the value of life, be it a hoax or not.
Personally, I don't believe in time travel, I dont believe that John Titor was really a time traveller but perhaps someone who knew alot about physics. But the fact remains that, hoax or not, the future that John said existed on his "worldline" is something that could actually happen sometime in the future. Because the future is an uncertain thing and there's infinite possiblities as to what it could be. And this was one of them. I was extremely skeptical of the idea of Russia being the agressor that launches nukes at our cities....China seems far far more believable, even if the idea of global thermonuclear war is now somewhat improbable, though always existent, and certainly possible.
Whatever the case may be, it serves as a reminder that you never know what the future holds. Best to hold your loved ones close and keep your friendships strong, life is too short, too precious, too valuable, to spend every waking moment fighting with each other and thriving on distrust, hatred and suspicion. Far better to let the ones you care about truly know you love them, you never know if the sun just might not rise for you tomorrow.
That, if anything, makes it worth reading. If only for that reminder. I have now visited every part of that site, I find it fascinating, even if it's far fetched. It wouldn't be stupid to check it out, if only for curiousity's sake. I also find it interesting that John predicted that one of the things that could help to avert a civil war in 2005....would be for "an election to proceed", which points to the recall election that recently was allowed to go forward.
In this instance, using John's own words....events in our "worldline" might be just different enough to have the future he outlined become nonexistent....just maybe, the fact that the public did get to have it's voice this time around, might actually help to avert a future john predicts.
I'll stress again, I don't believe in time travel, I dont believe in so called "predictions" of the future. What I believe in is probability. And there is a certain degree of probability that, given the right conditions, the right mood, and the right chain of events, a future like the one John described does have a percentage of probability of actually happening. But there's just as much probability that nothing like he described will happen.
Our actions now will determine what the future holds. It's important that we are aware of the potential consequences of the decions we make on a personal, local, and national level. The ramifications of those could be far more than what we expect. Repairing international and domestic relations should be our top priority on the national level...because it's of the utmost importance for us to reach out to the world....it's also important to extend the hand of friendship to the constituents who hold the power of the vote. IF
any sort of future civil unrest due to the erosion of the rights given to us in the constitution is to be averted, attention must be paid to those rights NOW.
Those who give up a bit of freedom in exchange for security, deserve neither freedom nor security. Keep that in mind as you watch what the administrations in our government do today. Remember your freedom, and use the power of your vote, for the good of your future, this country's, and this world's. And extend a hand to your fellow man....sometimes friendship is all you have. That's all I have to say.
[Edited 2003-10-09 07:38:48]