Thursday, March 10, 2005

Blogbyte of the Day from Marshall

"the young tend to have a difficult time really getting their heads around the idea that they too will one day grow old and die. That doesn't mean we're moving toward an immortality society; it means they're young."

From the same post "The one question for which the Times has regular data going back to 1981 was: "Do you think the Social Security system will have the money available to provide the benefits you expect for your retirement?"

Last month it was 34% yes and 49% no. In 1981 it was 30% yes and 54%."

I wonder if the Times also asked "are you capable of holding two contradictory opinions at the same time" 68 % yes 40 % no 20 % don't know (yes I know it doesn't add up but I assume that 28% of my fellow citizens would answer both yes and no).

That is, I wonder if the Times tried asking ""Do you [expect that] the Social Security system will have the money available to provide the benefits you [think you will get when you retire].

I mean how do people manage to expect to get one thing and think they will get another ?

I don't think that I can do that (although I expect to read comments pointing out that I do it all the time)

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