2020 Factory Reset

New Year’s Eve 2019, siting on a roof terrace in the Far East, barmy weather, relaxed welcoming 2020 to the sound of church bells ringing, fireworks and laser shows. And then……….

The shops had been transformed from Christmas snow scenes and carol singing reindeer ( yes even in the far east) to be deckled in the bright red and gold paraphernalia of the Chinese New Year. Shops were awash with decorations for sale as the New Year is a much bigger event. A couple of lines in the press had advised of a small alleged outbreak of a virus in China, but nothing more. The good times where about to role, and populations throughout the region starting the mass migration to their homes and families for the new year celebrations that last for a week.

Within the time frame before new year all hell let loose. Never could anyone have dreamt the world as we knew it would change so dramatically. That an evil virus one thousand times smaller that the width of a human hair could wreak global devastation. The Chinese Year of the rat had ironically placed itself into our consciousness in the similar fashion to our abhorrence of the rodent’s conventional appearance. Whereas the Rat in Chinese astrology is seen as a sign of wealth and surplus. The rat is in terms of yin and yang considered ‘yang’ and represents the beginning of a new day. This ancient philosophy now needs a upgrade rewrite.

What the world will be like in a years time is anybody’s guess. Scientists, politicians and the proletariat have all had dreams, aspirations and loved ones dashed against the rocks. How we will recover during the “factory reset’ is yet to be seen. We can only hope it will return to normal, and the disruption can be beneficially replaced by new ideas. Hopefully this watershed with allow the reset to eradicate some corrupted files existing in international system procedures before the crash.

Alistair Owens

The meandering thoughts of someone with too much time on his hands. Tending to see the obscure and irrelevant in most events I have been forced to record this by family members as a means of diverting attention away from them. But I see their plan.

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