Retirement History

by matt i
(usa)

The country of Germany introduced retirement benefits in 1889. Prior to that most people passed away between 26 and 40 years old.

So it isn't a surprise that modern America has struggled with a phase of life unknown until the past 100 years or so. At 62 or 65 if you have been fortunate to live this long means you may have another 25 or 20 % of time left on earth.

Our extended life has increased the desire to live forever and people think working beyond will further expand that expectation --to say a man is vain means merely he is pleased with the effect he produces on other people --a conceited person is satisfied with the effect he produces on himself.

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Huh?
by: Leaking Ink\USA

I didn’t get the connection of the last paragraph with the previous comments either. Please explain further. Thanks.

retirement history
by: matt i

Bernard, Not sure i understand Hinduism comment as my thought was that companies or businesses will carry on after we retire regardless of our knowledge or skill levels so don't let vanity interfere with not being expendable- preventing retirement phase. Conceit was simply a attribute of us humans being conscious of our uniqueness in our world of today .

I'm stuggling to understand this post
by: Bernard Kelly - Geelong

Retirement History
by matt i
(usa)

Hello Matt,

I could understand the historical context of your first para and the biological nature of your second chapter, but what is the connection to Hindu mystism in your third chapter?

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