A year of violent invasions, of strongmen flexing their muscles, of grinding civil wars.
A year of wildfires, floods, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, droughts and famine.
A year of bitter political division, of border clashes, of book bans.
A year of protests and civil unrest. A year of religious persecution. Another year of the spread of a deadly virus.
A year when people were made anxious by the advance of technologies that threatened to replace man.
Yes, it had been a horrible year. Maybe next year, 1548, would be better.