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Hay Belly - 2013-01-18

:20 new ringtone

ashtar. - 2013-01-18

Yes, God's purpose for your life is the same thing as your job. Telemarket till you die, there is nothing else.

The Mothership - 2013-01-18

The good rabbi's theological justification for his statements are to be rejected, but he does make an interesting point about the contemporary attitudes of many retirees. Certainly not all, but many retirees aspire to the lifestyle where they have enough wealth saved up that they just play all the time and have others serve them. There is a legitimate question that asks 'how does that lifestyle contribute to society'? A great many retirees volunteer, help raise grandchildren, etc; but many lay about doing as little as possible, on the assumption that the world owes them, like my grandparents did. Led them to an early grave.

Baldr - 2013-01-18

I think he's right too. I'm miserable when I take more than a month off from doing any sort of productive work. I couldn't imagine going years without producing anything of value; I'd go insane.

I've watched this happen to my grandparents, who retired in their fifties. After decades of leisure they've regressed to a child-like state. They sit around and stare at the television all day, and create dumb family drama for lack of any better stimulus. Their minds have rotted. When they talk about the world it's clear that they live in a hostile and incomprehensible universe. Their big event each day is to drive to Walmart and walk the aisles for an hour.

Fuck that shit. I'm never retiring.

memedumpster - 2013-01-18

It sucks when you've had absolutely no control of your life and suddenly find yourself no longer receiving orders from your labor masters. There's nothing to do if there's no one to tell you to do it against your will.

Blue - 2013-01-18

I've been unemployed for almost a year. I'm pulling out of depression, but I think that there's something to be said for having shit to do.

I don't owe the world fucking busywork, but at the same time, there's no weekend if there's no work week. I think I'm going to start volunteering if this interview doesn't work out.

cognitivedissonance - 2013-01-19

My one remaining grandparent has spent her retirement learning how to cook. She somehow went 65 years without learning how to cook beyond even the most nominal of meals, and now she's deeply into relatively hip cuisine that she's picked up. Granted, she has to cook in a Rascal Scooter, but it's better than nothing, and she's loving the life. The only problem she has is she's cooking really esoteric "foodie" stuff that is tailored to hipsters in their 20s and 30s, and none of her elderly friends like it.

cognitivedissonance - 2013-01-19

Granted, she spent the 1940s flying the mail in Alaska, the 1950s editing a newspaper and the 1960s dealing with a divorce case that was along the lines of "Bleak House" with my wastrel Hugh-Laurie-in-Season-3-of-Blackadder millionaire grandfather, but she's a fantastic feminist hero, even if she herself doesn't quite understand that she is.

delicatessen - 2013-01-18

Rabbi Rabbit

Enjoy - 2013-01-18

Dear Lefties: you actually have to work to even use the word 'retire.'

The Mothership - 2013-01-18

There is no reason for this to be on right wing watch.

Change - 2013-01-18

That sort of comment was better when it would prompt lifelong college liberals to unload the full weight of their their English degrees in hopes of refuting it.

Sometimes, I miss Sean, and the rest of the spazbutts :(

Cherry Pop Culture - 2013-01-18

Nothin' more tragic than a Jewish republican.

Gmork - 2013-01-18

stars for that comment and nothing else about this entire page

Void 71 - 2013-01-18

Yeah, neoconservatism is pretty tragic.

wackyakmed - 2013-01-18

Continue serving WHO exactly? I don't ever want to stop providing mutual aid to others, but that's a hell of a lot different than being forced to be a WalMart greeter under threat of starvation.

Jet Bin Fever - 2013-01-18

I have to say, the whole bit about god not wanting you to retire is stupid, but he has a good point about keeping active in your old age. A greater problem with retirement is that often people become reclusive and stop caring for themselves and others as a result of it. It's not the not working, it's the retreating from society and activity that is harmful to people.

Meerkat - 2013-01-18

Let's qualify what is meant by "never retiring" by suggesting that one should stop doing shit one does not want to do in order to earn money, and instead start doing shit one wants to do for shits, giggles and possibly philanthropic reasons.

baleen - 2013-01-18

"When people retire, they tend to suffer healthwise."

I thought that was because they were "old."
Somebody shove a pickled herring into this rabbi's mouth and make him work on a kibbutz for a few years, he's lost his way.

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