reply to post by Grifter81
I'm glad you understand what I mean.
I will not retire, and I say that right now at age 50. Even if your body gives out on you, you will have other options. You can still do
*something* to earn your salt. There is really no excuse for lounging around, waiting for the next round of Bingo to start. And I suspect that
people might just age better if they didn't stop working.
Think about it. At age 65 or so, you can stop working and live still for another 20 years or so. Twenty flipping years or more of doing absolutely
nothing productive! Sure, you can volunteer and go on eternal cruises to the Caribbean or on some senior citizens' excursions abroad, but you're
not making use of yourself for a major portion of your time on Earth. It's absurd!
My grandmother worked until she had to be put in a home at age 85. Her carotid arteries were blocked but they couldn't operate. But she had worked
since she was 8 years old. She got married late (age 29) and her husband left her with a huge debt on their farm which she worked off while putting
her kids through college. No one on this planet knows hard work like she did.
Honestly, if there had been the option of euthanasia, it would have been the best thing. But our culture isn't that humane yet so she lived on for
quite a few worthless years.
My mother, alternatively, is 71 and is beside herself with frustration that the economy is so bad so her alpacas aren't selling and she can't
retire. She's barely ever worked! She stayed at home with us when we were small and got huge amounts of money after that, which she chose to
squander. Now she's whinging about not being able to retire.
I will work until I drop. Count on it. If it's too much, it will hasten my demise. Good. No need to waste time here. I've worked continuously
since age 13 until four years ago when my section was cut at work. But I'm still doing things to help friends who are carrying heavier loads at work
due to the idiotic staff cuts their workplaces have made. I do the stuff they would do if they weren't exhausted when they came home. I am still
adding value to life, even if I don't collect money for it. I collect love and appreciation. That's worth more than money in my world.
We expect these absurd systems to carry us through to languish in some lazy dream for years on end. Why?
Okay, look. Does Tim Berners Lee get royalties every time someone uses the Internet? He invented it. It was his brainchild. He would be the
richest man on Earth with no rivals anywhere on the horizon if that were the case. But he doesn't. And he's still working.
Some dude writes a song and thinks he should retire with such wealth every time someone plays any part of that song, he gets paid. And his progeny
continue the legacy. What arrogance.
There are important things in life and then there are "entertainers". If it adds value to the experience on Earth then great. Thank you for your
contribution. But you didn't do it alone. You have muses all around you.
Our system of valuation for any given occupation is grossly skewed at this point. We need to reconsider why cleaners and others who do work that no
one really wants to do but must be done get virtually no pay for it. Why do entertainers get obscene pay for what they do? Why do mothers get
nothing for their round the clock, constant attention to the next generation? And when we stand in judgment of mothers who "fail", do we consider
the pressure they have? Does anyone look at what's really at play in our civilization?
Watch the stupidity end now. It's over for the greedy and selfish. Rightly so too.