Both individuals and societies tell themselves stories to simplify and make sense of the messy chaos of reality. It is naive to think that it is possible to live without the protective bubbles these stories create. But sometimes the stories can become terribly limiting and trap us, and prevent both individuals and whole societies from moving on into another kind of future.
Today is the second day of oral arguments before the Supreme Court about the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s health-care-reform law. Over at Daily Comment, Jeffrey Toobin writes about how all this might end:
Where do the justices stand now? The four Democratic appointees—Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan—seem like sure votes to uphold the law. Clarence Thomas is a sure vote to invalidate the law. Anthony Kennedy is the Democrats’ best bet to join with them, although Chief Justice John Roberts, Antonin Scalia, and Samuel Alito do not seem out of the question as possibilities.