We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
When your refrigerator goes out under quarantine and your supplies begin to rot, do you really need another rant from Maxine Waters—or do you rather need a St. Michael Smith and St. Uriel Mendoza to appear out of nowhere as the archangels from Home Depot to wheel up and connect a new one?
Because we are a wealthy society, there are a lot of luxury goods we think we can't do without, until the moment when a greater necessity reveals our shallowness. Two examples: until you have spent some time in a much more primitive place (for me it was Transylvania) you forget what a luxury hot running water or clean drinking water are. Also, CS Lewis in The Screwtape Letters has Uncle Screwtape remark how a few seconds of real pain can drive out our illusions that our lesser difficulties are real suffering.
Assistant Village Idiot
Hidden, especially for those in the urban cores, are those who keep the sewage system working, the power on, the fresh water flowing.
And it migrates out. A friend who operates a punch at a metal work factory showed me the letters the company had gotten from the name brand companies providing medical equipment about how they would not have been able to deliver whatever product, one was an autoclave, without the metal work this company had provided for the parts.
This on Rome rings true today:
And, again, the wretched state of public morals may be inferred from the fact that the right of suffrage, through which the idle, leprous pauper was elevated above the industrious laborer and above the useful arts, was notoriously the subject of open traffic in the streets of Rome on every election day. Thus Roman philosophy landed the Roman people in the last ditch, for it led to the deification of abstract ideas and to scorn of things. That this utter perversion of the truth and wreck of justice was the cause of the decline of the Roman Empire there is no doubt.
—Charles H. Ham, Mind and Hand: manual training, the chief factor in education (1900)
As a not-so-junior senior, I am very aware I would be quickly triaged out of the health system should it become overwhelmed. Meanwhile, in my last days, I am busy trying to sort out how my small business clients can gain access to the various government programs (Canadian version). So far as I can figure out, the feds are offering all support short of actual help.