Big Small World

What are the limits? Good demons flaunt their inappropriate t-shirts with a chuckle and a tickle. This question is always on my mind in one form or another. Be it the limits of personal endurance or the population as a whole Sometimes it’s just a passing ponderance of how we’ve arrived at this point. Others it’s more harsh and cynical. More focused on careless choices.

There are no limits. That’s what I’ve come to know. This can be good. Or it can be bad. That’s up to you and your perspective. It can be a freedom knell or it can be a prison. Again. Up to you.

The weird thing about being human is that we create reality. It sounds crazy, but essentially it’s true. We can choose. To be corporate drones. To be moguls. To be terrorists. To be rescue workers. We decide.

And the world we live in is a bizarre collective perception constructed by all of us. A mad conglomeration of all our opinoins. Some more than others. But we are all a part of it. We are, each of us responsible for making the Kardashians famous. And for the the cancellation of Firefly. We make the beautiful and the ugly as well. It’s all us. We are the ladybugs and we are the mosquitos. Peace and war. Liberty and oppression. All these tiny worlds are of our own creation. And as microscopic as they are, still they consume us.

Social Security Hassles

My mom is trying to collect on her social security benefits. According to the law she’s entitled to half of what my father (her ex-husband) benefits would be. They are just giving her such a hard time about it though. It’s really awful.

Her case worker told her she needs his birth certificate. Um?! You can’t get someone else’s birth certificate. Unless they are your child.

She’s called numerous times and spoken with other people and they have concurred. You can’t do that. Therefore it is not a requirement.

Now they want my brith certificate instead. I’m not really understanding how that proves my father’s age any better than the marriage license she already submitted which has his date of birth on it.

It’s like they purposely try to hassle people so they’ll die from the stress and not take any of the money they’re owed.

She’s already had to wait 5 additional years just to be eligible to apply. Cause she married a man 5 years younger than herself. If that isn’t a sexist and totally outdated rule I don’t know what is. Sometimes women marry younger men. Men don’t always marry younger women. I don’t think women who marry younger men should be penalized for it.

I just don’t understand the logic. You have a social security number for just such this purpose. If you give your social security number it should be as simple as that. They know who you are. They know how old you are. They know who you were married to and how old they are as well. It’s just bullshit, nonsense, runaround which the brith certificates and other documents. They know full well exactly what’s going on, who you are and what you’re entitled to. But they just have to give you a hard time.  If they were any other entity they would be cited for fraud and harrassment.

Unless you’re a politician. Then you can do whatever you want. The law doesn’t apply.