I'm not a moody person. So how come on a day I stumble from the wrong side of the bed? The vertigo caused by concussion after a nasty fall adds to the misanthropy, another alien disfiguring my otherwise loving nature.
It's the nightmare from which I've just awakened. Bats. Not in my belfry, although my Heidi has her own uncharitable theory.
No, these mammals are hanging upside down in a butcher shop in Wuhan City, China. A customer enters the shop, selecting two of the biggest. I trace him to his home where he proceeds to behead the bat, chops the rest into slithers and places them into a pot of boiling water. The blood floating to the top is scooped up and sampled to check for taste.
The last I remember is the man comes out in a sweat, collapsing next to the stove. Dead.
Other than its grotesqueness, it's a rude reminder of the news (fake, some still believe) that it's the ingestion of bat soup in a Chinese home that left the world with a virus still killing millions and crippling economies in its wake.
It could very well be called the "New Normal World War", one without the need for military intervention. Only an airborne bug spewing poison required.
Given Chinese President Xi's clear intention of unseating Western powers for the number one spot, it's conceivable that bringing the world to its knees would go a long way in realising his dream. The Chinese manufacturing capability alone poses an ever-present threat, its tentacles already ensnaring vulnerable, unsuspecting or naive developing countries. Or those with junk status. Oops!
Let's not forget it was China who kept the first corona case a secret long enough for the virus to effortlessly take off and do the dirty.
And it was China who was quick off the mark to manufacture personal protective equipment, flooding world markets. How convenient. How subtle. In fact, a touch of genius. In one stroke it has not only unleashed an invisible killer, but has the world on its knees begging for its PPEs.
An august body called the Centre for Economics and Business Research predicts China will overtake the world's biggest economy in 2028.
Is my nightmare a portent of what's in store? Or an octogenarian bat stuck in my vertiginous belfry?
The opinions expressed are solely those of the writer and not necessarily of Group Editors, the publisher.
Posted on: 12:57 Mon, 11 January 2021
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