Stupidity and the Economy

If you ever happen to notice a smartly dressed, youngish woman with great hair, dragging her feet in the parking lot of a bank, unhurriedly making her way towards the entrance doors, while muttering under her breath, that would be me. I’d only been to this particular branch twice, but I hesitated before entering the double glass doors because on both of my last visits, I got the same thing: a lecture. From a kid. Fresh out of college, about the vital issue of why I don’t have an ATM card for my checking account.

“Because I don’t want one!” I would firmly announce while stamping my foot for emphasis, putting an end to his needling once and for all.

I entered and decided to avoid his line to make life easier on both of us, but then I realized all the young male tellers looked and dressed strikingly similar. I’d only seen my tormentor twice and I’m not the most visual person. Which one to avoid?

A window opened. Was it him? I eyed the available teller suspiciously. I waited until he gave himself away.

“How are you today?” the teller asked half-heartedly.

“Very well, thank you. How about you?”

I saw it coming. Any moment now…whining about that ATM card…

He sighed deeply, slumped his shoulders and said in a tone reminiscent of a deflated tire, if it could talk, “Okay, I guess.”

This was not the same teller and no lecture was forthcoming. So I relaxed and we chatted.

It turned out he’d only graduated college a few months ago with a business degree and was worried about getting a good job because of the economy. More specifically, because of what the headlines, pundits and practically everyone who crossed his path told him. This 22 year-old, Mario, a university graduate, felt hopeless and anxious about his future.

Mario should be excited about his future, and I told him so. He had a lot to look forward to because there is always room for excellent, intelligent people. I spoke to him for a few minutes and noticed that he visibly straightened, smiled and looked cheerful. A line of customers had formed behind me; I told Mario that I should leave.

“No, please don’t. I like talking to you. Besides, they think we’re talking business and this is so important.”

I could not believe that I was the first person who told this kid that there is hope out there. That we are in a temporary state. I am dismayed at the psychological mindset that’s occurred because of stupers (short for loquaciously stupid persons) who insist on perpetually reminding us that our economy is weak. As if we don’t know for ourselves.

If you take a child and continually tell him he can’t sing, he may begin to believe that he can’t. And if a large group of people tell him the same thing over and over again, he won’t even try. We, as thinkers, know that there are cycles in life. Some short; some long. The length depends largely on our attitudes, courage and frame of mind. We can’t let the stupid among us get us down.



5 Responses to “Stupidity and the Economy”

  1. jessica says:

    I know. What the fuck is wrong with people who are so discouraging. When someone comes to me, sad, scared, afraid they won’t see their dream come true, who the hell am I to tell them to forget? never mind, I know that what they want is a little pep talk. You did a great service today

  2. Mad Woman says:

    Good for you for taking the time to talk to him. The poor kid must be feeling incredibly worried about everything right now.

    I’m so sick of hearing all the bad news about the economy on the news, in the papers etc. Yeah I get it, it sucks…but it WILL get better. It always does.

    Great post! And good on you!

  3. Elaine says:

    This is a good post Keli. It is hard not to feel like Mario when we are bombarded EVERYWHERE with the depressing news. I feel sorry for those fresh out of college facing this economical environment. Maybe we should all plaster this on the bathroom mirror and repeat each morning before leaving the house.

    “attitudes, courage and frame of mind” -Keli

  4. Jenny says:

    How nice you were able to encourage Mario! I’m sure your great hair had something to do with it too … in my experience women with great hair always make others feel better!

    Those in power have a great stock in continuing to tell us that we are in the midst of the worst economic times since the Great Depression. It is a lie, and its perpetuation only gives them more power over us. Where I live, there is NO indication that the economy is suffering. There are no more houses on the market than have been at any other time. The parking lots of retail and eating establishments are jammed just like always. People are buying, selling, going on vacation, and enjoying amusements. The way to stimulate the economy is to (wisely) spend money!

    We … like Mario … are going to be fine if we refuse to take counsel of the stupers.

  5. Ferd says:

    You are “youngish,” but the way you spoke to Mario also shows you are a mature, level headed mentor, with the voice of experience and hope. How fortunate of him that you chose his line!
    Thank you for sharing that with us.

    You know, I sometimes hate to read or watch the news because it is always the “bad” news. People everywhere try to scare me with stuff and make me anxious. I now instinctively move away from that because it makes me sick in my head.
    The economic times are tough, but that just means we have to use our heads, make the appropriate changes and adjustments, and make the best of things. There will be better days, economically speaking. But even in these harsher days, there are always many things to be grateful for.

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