Why is Social Security Important?

If you have worked most of your life and have had Soc. Sec, withheld from your paycheck bi-weekly and retire only to find that you have no benefits in your S.S. account, I believe you would understand just how important it was then. But, to answer your question better, Social Security is basically an investment for your future. Social Security also helps someone (child or spouse) have income in case of the lose of a loved one.