We are not fans of the lockdown around here. We have posted links to studies from JP Morgan showing them to be ineffective, a giant bonfire of dollars probably only set ablaze so that the authorities would bail out Wall Street: there was no question that Congress would (unanimously!) pass the bailout bill this time, not when unemployment had hit over 20% instantly.
That said, I cannot help but notice three things about the lockdown for which I am thankful.
1) In March and April, I noticed a glow near sunset in my yard. I pondered the cause: maybe a neighbor had taken down a tree that was blocking late-afternoon sunlight? But then, as I drove around about the same time of day, I couldn’t help but notice that I was having a particularly bad time with the sun.
A few moments reflection revealed the source of the glow: the shutdown had cut so much traffic and industrial production down that the air was quite clean. So, first I’m thankful for the glory of creation; the glow was beautiful. Second, I’m thankful for the slightly polluted air of society because it’s really hard to drive with really clean air.
2) Hordes of businesses are “non-essential.” I was fortunate to be able to work from home, but I cannot even imagine the harm inflicted on people whose work is deemed “non-essential.” There’s the economic harm, and the frank separation into a category like what the National Socialists might call “useless eaters.”
One of these has been barbershops and beauty salons, near us. We might soon get permission from our overlords to risk a haircut; the one I got over 2 months ago is long in the tooth. But then, so is my wife’s, and every other woman’s hair. And it looks good. You grow, girl!
3) Meat shortages and supply chain disruptions caused me to be unable to buy my regular bacon brand. The only thing available was their Canadian Bacon.
Now, putting the adjective Canadian in front of any food is likely to cause the food to be perceived less well. This is, after all, the land of poutine and tarte au sucre, and Tim Horton’s as national obsession. But I have to commend the Canadians for affiliating their brand with this stuff. Yum. Even better when it’s actually made in the USA, of course: we don’t want to take a good thing to extremes. That would be Uncanadian.