Chapter 36 “were there any benefits from the COVIDs? real character of many brought to light”
There is nothing like a crisis of a pandemic or perceived crisis of a scamdemic to draw out characteristics of the human character.
On the negative side panic initially swept the nations with the insatiable need to stockpile toilet paper, hand sanitizer and facemasks. Retail outlets were scavenged and fights and insults flew. Toilet paper selling at COSTCO for $24.95 showed up on Amazon for $95 as well as inflated prices for gloves, facemasks, wipes and hand sanitizers. I recall at COSTCO one women had a shopping basket full of toilet paper and one poor soul pleaded with her for one packet. The response was a no with the explanation that “It’s not my fault you didn’t plan properly!”. The positive of this negative was that COVID let you know who would push you aside in a rush to the fire escape in a movie theatre.
You might also want to state the goodness of the millions who social distanced and wore their masks although on the negative side that revealed their timidity and deference in an unthinking matter about edicts of governments. It was if they had never heard about civil liberties and as they had never struggled to preserve them they were easy chumps to be pushed around, of course in the name of the public good, which has masked countless government atrocities.
The COVIDs also illuminated the thoughts and souls of many politicos. The most frightening were those leaders who simply acknowledged that COVID was no worse than the ordinary flu which subsequent studies acknowledged was correct for COVID-19 but failed to realize their slashed hospitals or lack of hospitals could not even handle a normal flu outbreak causing the death of millions of Venezuelans amongst others.
Then there was the late Donald J. Trump with his endless misstatements and reckless actions including holding a maskless rally in Tulsa Oklahoma in June of 2020 in a 15,000-seat indoor arena whilst he said COVID-19 was fading whereas in Oklahoma it was spiking upwards days before his blessed rally. Some say that careless event that ended up ripping Tulsa to shreds with infections and deaths. It was clear at that point he “losing it”.
As for Canada the Trudeau government initially managed to avoid overthrow and revolution by pumping massive amounts of aid into the hands of corporations and individuals at least for the first wave and through the second wave at which point the Canadian government was literally running out of money.
The same Trudeau fate was met by many provincial governments as Canadians felt stung by the deaths in their family which they, well into COVID-19, blamed on the federal and provincial healthcare cuts over the years preceding COVID-19. To put matters generously most Canadian governments handled the crisis well but at the end of the day were they really the cause for the crisis which was not always the virus but their poor planning or lack of planning for it.
Even during all this horrible health news some of corporate Canada, particularly grocery stores, showed its mettle by discontinuing “hazard pay” for essential workers such as grocery cashiers while raking in huge profits and management bonuses while the COVID-19 virus was still raising its ugly head.
The lack of compassion shown by corporate Canada stuffed the pockets of many a “senior management team” member but then there was that bloody attack at Weston Groceries senior management offices in Toronto by a husband of a deceased grocery store clerk who had died of COVID-19 with her dying words,” Kill those cheap bastards”. Throughout the world the far right and left was gaining in strength and popularity. Polarization of society set in at different stages of COVID-19. Initially it was the super corporate wealthy that bore the brunt of Canadian political anger then it was the upper classes such as rapper Drake’s obscene palatial mansion in the ultra rich enclave of Toronto’s The Bridlepath that were attacked and looted. Even the cottages and homes of professional athletes were not spared. By the time Virus #26 hit even what was left of the upper middle and middle classes were shaking in their boots. Private clubs, private schools, elite golf courses and restaurants were torched and looted. I mean this was beyond what Karl Marx, Adolph Hitler any far right or left movement could have predicted. Yes we are just about ready to jump into Virus #26!