This I Believe

William - Tallahassee, Florida
Entered on March 23, 2007
Age Group: 50 - 65

I believe that the Internet was one of the root causes of 9/11.

No, I am not a nut bag but I am a person whose life was radically

altered by the inability to get a job.

In 1994, I quit a high paying technology job in state government

for a brief vacation followed by the beginning of my own business as a

technology consultant. My business ultimately failed for a series of

bad decisions that had nothing to do with anything other than my bad

judgment. But the trend toward privatization, or ‘privateering’ as I like

to call it, certainly made the business climate tougher that a novice like

myself could handle.

After a long stint of filing many job applications and being

rejected summarily, I realized two things. Everyone questions why a

58 year old person is unemployed and that the world, as I had known it,

had changed. Suddenly a lot of the work that I used to do was being

done in Asia and the Middle East.

It was then that I went to work as a Wal-Mart stock boy. Stocking

is a mindless activity and gives one a lot of time to think. Your hands

ache from opening countless cases of whatever because the only thing that

matters is your case count. Your back aches from adopting whatever

posture is the best for putting out maximum stock because all that matters

is your case count.

If some well-figured, well-spoken person had come along in this

time and whispered in my ear, “It’s a conspiracy of yellow devils.”, I

wouldn’t have believed him. But suppose, instead, he had said,

“They will work for one fifth the money, they have no loyalty to the US,

and their values will destroy America as we know it today.”, I still

wouldn’t have believed him but I would have thought about it. That makes

me or anyone fodder for a more radical viewpoint.

One becomes radical by degrees not by quantum leaps. When the

Internet made the global desktop possible and business could inexpensively

exploit, and I use that term intentionally, the global labor pool, they

set us all one against the other and that is rare earth for the radical


Violence is a product of fear.