Lesson 3: Waiting for a rest that never comes…

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we spend all of our lives goin’ out of our minds
looking back to our birth, forward to our demise

we made it to the moon
but we can’t make it home
waitin’ on a rescue that never comes

– “They Stood Up For Love” by LIVE

Ahh, the concept of retirement.  Spend 40 years do things you don’t want to do, sometimes with people you hate, for the promise of the “privilege” of being able to start living the life you want at age 60 with some combination of public & private pension.

Does this not strike you as odd?  While obviously there is a truth to delayed gratification and working now to get something of greater value later.  But 30+ years?  What if the payoff isn’t worth it?  Aren’t we taking a huge risk by spending the best years of our lives in exchange for a promise that things will be better later?  What if this promise isn’t realized?  Doesn’t that means we’ve given up the most valuable thing we have in this life, which is our prime years?

The demise of the salaryman shows us the horrible truth, the promise of retirement is a lie and and the promise of a deferred life is a cruel deception.

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