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Old 10-03-2010, 02:04 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by harley View Post
Does this mean you don't get the urge anymore, or you don't bother to repress it?
Don't get the urge. I don't have to be anywhere.

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Old 10-03-2010, 03:31 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by ziggy29 View Post
Any time someone comes up with the "early retirement = selfish" crap, I remind them of some of these things. In particular, in an era with 17% *real* unemployment, what is selfish about giving up a job so someone who needs it more can have it?
Seems like those "ER is bad" threads come around every few months or so. At first I was defensive. Not anymore. Getting to know some of the people on this forum has taught me how fine a group is in "Club ER".

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Old 10-03-2010, 05:03 PM   #23
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It seems that in many cases half of the working world is working to create problems for the other half to solve, this in turning creating problems that the first half can solve. While there's a lot of activity in this strategy, it's hardly productive. One example: Two of the biggest American companies are in the business of selling junk food and cholesterol lowering drugs respectively. Effectively, they cancel each other out.

In my career, I spent a lot of time and was paid to solve problems that I don't really think very many people cared about (maybe 50-100, optimistically, probably closer to 5, realistically) and which I can not really see having much of any impact on the world at large. Not having to turn a profit makes it possible to focus on nonprofit contributions which otherwise would go unfulfilled. My compensation is now incidental to what I'm doing rather than the driving reason. I'm paid far less doing what I do as a "retiree", but I think I have a much larger and also positive influence in my current (a)vocation.
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Old 10-03-2010, 05:55 PM   #24
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It seems that in many cases half of the working world is working to create problems for the other half to solve, this in turning creating problems that the first half can solve.
Very well said.

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