A commenter who will not be published left a single sentence in response to my joking post-vaccine piece, to inform me that I was an idiot.
Imagine, if you will, my surprise. There I was, thinking I was quite clever and had All The Answers™, only to learn that a random stranger on the Internet had determined that I was an idiot.
Just why he had decided that was unclear; he provided no details. Was it my flippant joke about the vaccine and the foolish fears of some people? Was it for getting vaccinated at all? (Look, pal, next time you can be the sixtyish woman in less than ideal health, and we'll see how quickly you go for a vaccine.) Was it for being extremely unenthusiastic about President Trump (who I was no fan of from the outset -- you can go back and check; you'll also see I was even less pleased with Secretary Clinton and I'm not exactly jumping for joy over President Biden*) and his effects on what used to be a reliable party whose worst impulses were slightly easier to curb or avoid than those of the other big party?
I don't know. It doesn't matter. What I do know is we're all making our way through life by guessing. Sometimes we make very well-informed guesses; sometimes it's a leap in the dark. But ultimately, there's very little we know with absolute certainty -- and some of those things, we're wrong about. Against a vast and impersonal universe, we're all idiots, nearly all the time.
So get over it, make your own choices, and move on.
* Five hundred and thirty-five seats in all of congress, fifty state governors, at least a dozen more really well-known politicians, and yet the candidate pool is a disappointment to me, year after year. Okay, it's a horrible job and no matter who you are about half of the citizenry will loathe you, but still....
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