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Old 10-13-2015, 01:58 PM   #21
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What is Dear Abby's contribution to society? She has one of the most useless jobs around. If giving one's opinion is a job, then I am fully employed.
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Old 10-13-2015, 02:10 PM   #22
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I do not see how one can say this 50-year old ER is male or female. Am I missing something or do I have to read between the lines?
+1 I also wondered about that.

After reading the first gender referenced post, I re-read the original and thought maybe the "50 year old virgin" might have been the indicator.
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Well, I'll admit that not contributing to society did bother me for a while, but with counseling I got over it.
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If only paid work counts as being a contributing member of society, then by that logic a drug dealer, the CEO behind the $750 AIDS pills and hedge fund managers would all be contributing members of society and a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity or an unemployed artist would not be contributing.

And what is the magic number of 65? So it is okay to not work at 65 but not 50? Some 65 year olds are healthier and more able bodied than some 50 year olds. Why is chronological age such a big a factor? Are we all required to do paid work until we drop or can't turn the hamster wheel any longer?
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Kinda reminds me of being in my twenties and chiding a co-worker for buying a new car. He chided me back for banking my money and not "contributing to the economy". So, I asked, "where do you think the bank got the money they loaned you for the car?"
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DEAR OUT OF WORK: There are reasons people work besides the financial one. Social stimulation is important, too.

The counseling you're considering should be used to determine why you lack the motivation to continue being a contributing member of society.
I wonder what stay at home moms would think of her comments?

I know for the DW and I, we contribute to society almost everyday by spending money going to restaurants, traveling (cars, gas and motels), going to the movies, etc,etc,etc.
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I take solace in serving as a cautionary example for parents of unmotivated teens -- "You better buckle down and start working harder in school, Mister. Do you want to end up like that Gumby guy?"
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I doubt many kids would mind becoming that Gumby guy
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Wally in Dilbert, based on a character type well-known to most workplaces, has a full-time paid position with an employer. His contributions to anything at all are quite unclear.

I rest my case.
Wally works three doors down from me. He is my supervisor.
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Interestingly, the letter writer's stats are about where I'd want to be when I retire: Age 50 and being able to live off of about $60K per year if I wanted to spend that much. Last time I ran FireCalc, it gave me about a 95% chance of success.
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The only time I needed counseling was when I was suffering the early stages of burnout, from working TOO MUCH. Eventually, working less (and, later, not at all) got rid of the burnout. What a horrible response from Abby.
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.......... What a horrible response from Abby.
Yea, she should really retire, except we all know that she is dead.
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Yea, she should really retire, except we all know that she is dead.
If a dead person can keep working to give advice in a newspaper column, what excuses does a 50-year-old ER have?
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If by "contributing to society" shes means paying taxes and contributing to the greater good by their job..............Most retirees are paying some kind of property tax. Many volunteer and I don't consider my current job at an industrial supplier doing any great thing for society.
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If a dead person can keep working to give advice in a newspaper column, what excuses does a 50-year-old ER have?
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Her comment that people who are retired aren't "contributing members of society" is boneheaded, of course, but I think her suggestion of counseling might be based on other factors, including the fact that he's never been in a relationship at age 50, and his friends are telling him he needs counseling. Sounds like there may be "issues" we're not hearing about.
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Asking a counsellor if you need counselling gets a similar outcome as asking a financial advisor if you need financial advice. Duh!

(OTOH a 50 year old virgin could easily get a job in a freak show!)
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NO. I will not ask what the "display" would consist of.

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(OTOH a 50 year old virgin could easily get a job in a freak show!)
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Her comment that people who are retired aren't "contributing members of society" is boneheaded, of course, but I think her suggestion of counseling might be based on other factors, including the fact that he's never been in a relationship at age 50, and his friends are telling him he needs counseling. Sounds like there may be "issues" we're not hearing about.
Again, why is it that people automatically assume that a 50-year-old virgin has to be a male? Do they presume that women are more sexually active or driven than men? I don't get it.
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