Over the last couple months my desktop computer had been taken over by some malware virus. Ads would pop up and it would run slow. We tried all the standard methods to try and get rid of it. They all failed. In the last week, the virus would crash the computer every time I would try to boot up. I could only get it to work in the safe mode. We had gotten a flyer on our mailbox for a local computer company that fixed computers and got rid of viruses. I called the company and a technician came out this morning.
The tech was a very friendly middle aged guy (51 years old) who clearly knew what he was doing. I watched him as he assessed the situation with his various spyware tools. We were chit chatting while he went about his business. He voiced his displeasure with the “suits” running his small company. They were becoming too corporate. Him and the other technicians were the ones doing the work and building up goodwill among the customers, while the guys back at the office wanted to keep more of the profits. Same old story.
At some point in our conversation I mentioned my website. We brought it up on the computer to see if the fake ad had been eliminated. He asked what kind of website it was and I told him I wrote about financial issues. He immediately started bad mouthing the banks. He thought they were criminals with their non-existent interest and their never ending array of fees. He was an average hard working blue collar guy with a wife and kids. He told me that every time he got paid, he was taking $100 in cash and putting it into a coffee can in his house. I told him that made sense, because we are now paying the banks to keep our money, especially when you factor in inflation. He doesn’t trust banks.
This guy didn’t have an economics background. He didn’t need to go to college to understand he is getting screwed. He just has a feeling in his bones that he should prepare for something bad that’s coming. I see this as a good sign. Average hard working people across America are slowly waking from their stupor. They are realizing the enemy – Wall Street bankers. They are losing faith in the existing system. This is a first step. As more and more people come to their senses and withdraw from the system, it will weaken further. A tipping point will be reached and the whole thing will topple over.
I don’t know what happens when the system crashes, but at least the good guys will have a chance to fight and reshape the future.
I’m hopeful, especially now that my computer is running like a rocketship.