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Social security empathy Tue, Jan 08, 2019
A Facebook friend posted a thing about how bad of a rate of return we get for social security taxes.  Something like, "If I put in X amount of money during my lifetime, why do I only get 0.1X back?"  I responded with, "Because social security isn't just for you."  He wrote a rebuttal and I was gonna reply, but it reminded me of that thing from a while back called, "I Don't Know How To Explain To You That You Should Care About Other People".  Social security exists as a safety net largely for poor people, not as a retirement plan for the middle class.  Is it perfect?  No.  But the fact that you're asking the question implies that (a) social security isn't meant for you, and (b) you probably have a hard time empathizing with people who haven't achieved the ideal level of Ayn-Randian objectivism.  Getting into an argument about it, or about a lot of things for that matter, rarely serves any purpose. #politics

Everyone against me Tue, Jan 08, 2019
I just realized I've felt for a long time that everyone is against me.  Or mostly everyone.  I've consistently felt like I've held a minority opinion on a lot of issues, and it's felt sort of alienating.  I'm starting to think this is a manufactured feeling, largely because of my experiences of changing my mind.  When I was religious, I felt like everyone was anti-religion.  Now that I'm non-religious, it feels like everyone is hyper-religious.  When I leaned conservative, it felt like everyone else leaned liberal.  Now that I'm liberal, it feels like everyone is ridiculously conservative. 

Since I've been on both sides of two polarizing issues, it occurred to me (like yesterday) that maybe this is just how it feels to hold a particular viewpoint.  I would say it might have something to do with the people I interact with or where I get my information, but honestly those things have remained largely unchanged.  The only change was within me, so maybe everyone isn't really against me. #psychology