Tuesday, February 22, 2005

The Right to Retire

"Because You're Over 50..."From the tone of this article, it seems that many people apparently think that one of the "certain inalienable rights" that the USA was founded on is "the right to retire." I must have missed that day in history class. It seems though, that the editors at the Seattle Times found this to be troubling enough to merit a front-page, two-part, 3,700 word article. That's right, 3,700 words exploring the likely scenario of a bunch of old people running out of money if they stop working.

Personally, I don't think "retirement" is such a great idea in the first place. The way I see it, the best way to hasten one's death is to stop working. When you stop working, you get lazy. When you get lazy, your body starts to degrade. After a while, you can't stand up straight, then you can't walk, then you can't eat, and eventually you end up nothing more than a wrinkled shadow of a life that once was. Doesn't retirement sound great?

Maybe I'm being a bit extreme. Hmm... Nahh.

Update (02.23.2005): The Onion is all over this story.

Source: Seattle Times - Part 1, Part 2
Categories: News, Culture

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