Now that we're poor, what's the point in thinking about all the things you can't do with all the money you don't have? Think about what you can do with what you've got left, and learn to appreciate the smaller pleasures in life.
As in any ecosystem, a new and parasitic mutation is coming to fill the void, giving us the tunes that will become part of our lives, our history, our shared cultural identity. I speak, of course, of the jingle.
There's an even stronger impulse driving some to the vigilante act than grandiosity: the realization that if you do nothing, you've essentially allowed yourself to be held hostage, not necessarily to the perpetrator, but to fear.