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Title: Blog by Novelist William S. Frankl, MD

CHAOTIC DANGEROUS TIMES

June is the month frequently looked upon by Americans as the months for graduations, marriage, anniversaries. Well, this June has been a nasty one on many levels compared to these pleasant events. For example: the Orlando Islamic terrorist attack leaving 50 dead and many injured; Hillary Clinton became the presumptive Democrat candidate for president; Brexit occurred as Britain voted to leave the European Union as the stock markets all over the world plunged into the abyss; and finally the Istanbul airport attack by Islamic terrorists with early estimates of 41 dead and hundreds injured.

But wait ––– go back a few months: the Paris Islamic terrorists attack in November, 2015; the death of Antonin Scalia in February, 2016, sending the Supreme Court off the rails with certain devolution into a “Progressive” mode for the next generation; the Brussels attack with over dozens dead and dozens injured; the Islamic Jihadist attack wrecking havoc in San Bernardina, California in March, 2016; and Donald Trump becoming the presumptive Republican candidate for president in May 2016.

Of course, there are many other events, but the sit out in my mind as the most relevant. These 10 events over the past eight months have shaken the United States and the world. The world is like a chaotic, whirling dervish, a truck without brakes hurtling down a steep hill in the rain at midnight.

So, perhaps one might be urged to say: “May you live in interesting times” is an English expression purported to be a translation of a traditional Chinese curse.This is a good curse for these times but, despite being widely attributed to a Chinese curse, there is no equivalent expression in Chinese. The nearest related Chinese expression is usually translated in English as “Better to be a dog in a peaceful time, than to be a human in a chaotic (warring) period.” The expression probably originated from volume 3 of the 1627 short story collection by Feng Menglong: Stories to Awaken the World and is really more suited for these times.

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