It’s not just because I have been reading the English translation of Michel Houellebecq’s Submission  that I sense we are heading for some sort of apocalypse in 2016.  The novel, ironically published in its original French the day of the Charlie Hebdo massacre (7 January 2015),  all too realistically describes an election and near civil war in France in 2022, ending in a Muslim takeover of the state (through an alliance with the left).  Not even a year after its publication, and the more recent events in Paris and San Bernardino, this riveting book seems, if anything, a bit tardy in its time frame.

As the famous supposedly-Chinese curse goes:  “May you live in interesting times.” (Yes, I know the curse is apocryphal and about as Chinese as a fortune cookie, but it makes the point.)

In 2016, no matter what happens, it is my suspicion that we will all be cursed as never in our lifetimes — and I am not young.   We will be yearning for a little boredom or, as the Chinese really do say, “Better to be a dog in a peaceful time, than to be a human in a chaotic (warring) period.”

Others have made specific predictions.  That is not my purpose here.  I’m not good at prognostications anyway. (We will be arguing between A and B and it will turn out to be C.) I only want to examine the zeitgeist going into 2016, why it will be, to adopt yet another cliché, a year of living dangerously.

Read the whole thing.

Earlier: “When You Believe In Nothing, Islam Becomes Something — One of France’s best known writers weaves a believably dystopian tale where cultural passivity leads to Islamic dominance in the heart of Europe.”