Telling the future by looking at the past assumes that conditions remain constant. This is like driving a car by looking in the rearview mirror.
Nihilism is best done by professionals.
...it is certain that the real function of art is to increase our self-consciousness; to make us more aware of what we are, and therefore of what the universe in which we live really is. And since mathematics, in its own way, also performs this function, it is not only aesthetically charming but profoundly significant. It is an art, and a great art.