I don’t know why I don’t keep my own commitments to myself. Numerous times I have stated emphatically, “I won’t let anyone touch my computer.” Then along comes the next person who needs it for something and there goes my grand statements out the window as I say, “sure, use it.” Most times I end up regretting it. Controls and firewalls I put up, users take down. The aftermath is usually an ailing computer.
I’m tech challenged. Know not much about what makes this thing turn on and off and function. But I do know that there are viruses that crop up. And I do know I was told there is an insidious virus that creeps in, if you believe it and click to see if you have a virus.
There was a time where I loaned my computer again to someone. After use, the computer claimed to that person that I might have a virus, and so she clicked to see if that were the case. The computer then went into lock mode, blocking me from any program other than the Malware one which kept telling me I had Trojans, Worms, Backdoors and Child-Porn Proxies in multiple places in my computer. It did not let me delete anything. It did not let me reboot. It held my computer hostage to its blinking virus roundup, trying to force me to click deeper into its web of destruction (‘to activate software, click here,’ was its only option).
Reminds me of two sources in our heritage. One is the famous story of Rabbi Akiva’s teaching of Torah at a time when doing such would incur the death penalty. Pappas, a relative of Rabbi Akiva, happened to stumble upon the scene of Rabbi Akiva teaching his students, and he protested, “but it is so dangerous, you can die for teaching Torah.” Rabbi Akiva chose to answer him with a story, which is as follows:
One day, a fox strolling along the banks of a lake noticed fish swimming frantically from end to end. He called out to the fish, “tell me, why do you rush and run so? What is going on?” One fish poked its head out of the water and spoke, “Oh, fox, we rush and swim to try to get away from the fishermen who come with their big nets and try to scoop us up.” The fox put on a sympathetic face and said, “You poor dear fish. I have an idea. Why don’t you come out of the water here and I’ll protect you.” The fish gurgled a laugh. “We’re not that stupid, fox. Here in the water, we might be in danger, but some of us might survive. There is hope. What you are suggesting, if we come out, hah, we surely would die as fish cannot live without water.”
Rabbi Akiva finished the story for Pappas and said, “see, that is the same with the Jews. Sure, I might get caught and killed by the Romans for teaching Torah. But Torah is the lifeline of the Jews, their very oxygen. The minute we have no Torah, we are all dead.”
In Shir Hashirim, there is a verse that has the nations of the world calling out to the Jews, saying “Shoovee, Shoovee” turn to us, we’ll protect you and help you, if only you just assimilate. And the response had been through the ages an unequivocal no for the vast majority of our people, which is why we still have a nation and a heritage, alive and flourishing.
Gaspar da Gama sailed the seas
Eventually converting to Christianity
This Jew from Europe sought respect
And thought he’d find it if he’d defect
Time passed on, and leaves him no legacy
For Gaspar is not any Jew’s prided ancestry
In fact, Gaspar da Gama
Alas, is quite the goner.
That annoying malware virus wanted me to click to be saved from viruses only to give me a more deadly one. Aha, I know not to turn to those who seek my doom. Unfortunately, my computer borrower did not.