Oct 14, 2020 | For Therapists, Politics

Things in modern life works like a ratchet. It only turns one way. I volunteer and get next to nothing for it, not a scrap of social capital to be accepted and included with people who could lift me from my sorry state. Then due to my disability I take from the government for healthcare and dole without reciprocating a smidgen. People on the right wanted to remedy this by the Medicaid work requirement where people would have to work for their healthcare.

When things only turn one way you miss the reciprocity that built up social bonds in the past. Granted modern psychology doesn’t like reciprocity arrangements very much, if one is performing something virtuous and is hoping for something in return that is somehow pathological even though it was a thing that undergirded society for millennia.


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