Prophecy in Modern Times
Prophecy can be foretold, but unlike prophecy of old, modern prognostication cannot be overt, for it allows the controlling protagonist to seek refuge once the prophecy has been made public. We live in times where information is ubiquitous and easily accessible by anyone. The universal nature of a prophecy makes predictability a dangerous outcome.
The for-mentioned assumes that society operates within a controlling matrix, whose pre-programmed path of predictability is sometimes interrupted by unanticipated enlightenment.
The more a prediction fails, the more societal skepticism grows, thus providing the protagonist an opportunity to stage the event without culpability. It serves to present prophecy as a random event, satisfying more-so the criteria of a self-fulfilling prophecy, rather than the eager planning of an unscrupulous character.
Here we must also conclude that prophecy deals, for most part, with unfavorable events. Prophecy as a propaganda tool is intended to stir fear and breed chaos. Even the positive consequence of an eerie prophecy is in many cases irrelevant. Human beings cannot come to terms with the terminal nature of their existence, nor are many comfortable placing faith in the here-after. They are willing victims only in the catastrophe and not the epiphany. Should we instead embrace the latter, good would over-power evil and render prophecy as a footnote of folk-lore.