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How am I to survive my next 24 years? If I have to live as long as dad and mom?

I have no job, have no money, receives no stipend from anyone, no government, no syndicate ( I failed to pay the yearly dues for lack of money), no health insurance, no car (could no longer afford the maintenance, the gas and endless taxes on a rickety car), no public transportation…

I receives no monthly or weekly little financial aid from anyone.

Actually, the community, relatives and close parents who can afford it, are expressly punishing me from Not Working for Pay after I reached 62.

It is not that I don’t care to work for pay on a job that I like… I am not employable for doing anything.

I have worked on most minimum pay jobs, Not long enough to discover any passion for any of those businesses. For many years, I worked on 4 jobs within the university to pay for the minimum required course hours while doing my PhD in engineering.

With a PhD in a Not traditional discipline (Industrial Engineering and Human Factors in Engineering), and Not understood by most scholarly professors, I taught at a university for a few years on semester contracts.

My CV has so many gaps to fill the time schedule that my imagination would run out of ideas.

And I am more knowledgeable (higher education and continuing education) than any employer, and was exposed to far more trades and small jobs than any fat employer.

And I have no talent for any hobby to kill the time and express any kinds of passions, or be paid for any talent.

Tell me: “How can I survive my next 24 years, as I become as old as my dad?”

I keep myself fit, do exercise, walk a lot, garden, eat moderately, drink a little on “free” occasions…

I have not a pound of fat and I cut down to half a pack of cigarette a day, with filter added to reduce the level of tar in my lungs…

Am I talking abstract?

I don’t care to live much longer, what for?

I wrote what I had to say, published my autobiography, and I am helping for “free” when I can in my household (doing dishes, washing, mopping, cleaning…

I wish an institution will accept me to die of thirst: Hunger takes much longer to do the job.

This relentless activities to lengthen the lives of rich people is bad for our species.

Most third world populations and poor classes are being denied proper health care and preventive health on account of Not having enough money in the budgets

Many elderly are left to suffer indignities for continuous aches and pains, because covered by a health insurance.

The sons and daughters (already retired) are forced to care for their hapless parents and ruining whatever useful life they still have.

No, retired people should be saved from surviving their elderly parents. They too have rights to their life.

Note: After a year of going through a process, I managed to get retirement check every month, about $900. And I still have to pay for my health insurance, a pay-off a few debts that accumulated to pay for the retirement process.

I have to pay for mother’s medicines and many other monthly payments such as phone bill, cables, electricity, gas…

Enough to barely survive and keep mother feeling safer financial wise.

Enough money since I don’t intend on purchasing any car, or an iPhone or any modern gadget: I have nothing to sell and Not much to buy.

Enough since I don’t intend to travel and pay exorbitant money for any kinds of visas.


Flickr: itupictures World Telecommunication and Information Society Day 2014 (WTISD)

Telecom billionaire Carlos Slim thinks we should have a shorter workweek, and he’s started with his own major company.

He advises a standard three-day workweek with 11-hour workdays and a retirement age of “70 or 75.” He’s not the only renowned businessman and strategist to advocate the calming of our unnecessarily frenetic pace.

Slim made the announcement at a recent business conference in Paraguay covered by the Financial Times.

“With three workdays a week, we would have more time to relax; for quality of life,” Slim told news agency “Having four days [off] would be very important to generate new entertainment activities and other ways of being occupied.”

The billionaire chairman recently instituted an optional four-day workweek at Telmex, his company of over 50,000 employees.

Five-day Telmex workers on contract to retire at age 50 now have the option shorten their workweek and keep full pay at the cost of a later retirement age. No doubt, the workers are thrilled at the opportunity.

Slim is not the first visionary billionaire to advocate the innovative approach to modern work.

In a recent interview with Vinod Khosla, Google cofounder Larry Page gave different rationale on why we should find a “coordinated way to just reduce the workweek.”

“If you really think about the things that you need to make yourself happy—housing, security, opportunities for your kids—anthropologists have been identifying these things. It’s not that hard for us to provide those things.”

Page said, “The amount of resources we need to do that, the amount of work that actually needs to go into that is pretty small. I’m guessing less than 1% at the moment. So the idea that everyone needs to work frantically to meet people’s needs is just not true.”

Anna Coote is the head of social policy at the London’s New Economics Foundation.

Coote notes in her New York Times article that Germany and the Netherlands have stronger economies than the United States and Britain, yet they have shorter workweeks.

Coote also says the shorter workweek helps solve “overwork, unemployment, overconsumption, high carbon emissions, low well-being, entrenched inequalities and the lack of time to live sustainably.”

The average retirement age in the U.S. has been on the rise since the early ‘90s. Although many people work past the recommended retirement age because they must, others continue on simply because sitting idly at home gets old quickly.

For many, retiring as a capable body defies the American spirit and a lifetime of ingrained productivity.

However, when faced with the option family or work, family comes first.

There is a balance to be found. Everybody wants more vacation time, but Americans are increasingly hesitant to leave the workforce.

Why not address the two issues with the logic of Carlos Slim?

The five-day workweek was made the standard in 1938, but times have changed drastically since then. With modern advancements aiding us, we no longer need to work the same hours as Hitler.




June 2023

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