Wise Retirement Philosophy
"Dope will get you through times of no money better'n
money will get you through times of no dope."
Don't know the author's name, won't look it up (those curious can expose themselves to google), so the fact that this came from a 'Furry Freak Brothers' comic will have to suffice for attribution. It should also give a good idea of my age...
I've been quite apprehensive of public participation in the financial markets as seen today since I watched a simple stratedy like IRA (Independent Retirement Accounts; They still have those?) intended in the time of 'expensive' money to increase public savings in banks for lending purposes. That money's availability would decrease the competiton for loans and consequently the borrowing rates.
(That was a mouthful of shit...)
At any rate, as that thing morphed in the 80s along with what seemed a concurrent shift in the political spectrum (interestingly enough) to what we see today in retirement offerings (and the power those who control that money weild), I'm surprised that we as a society haven't learned to kick ourselves in the ass over it yet. We'll find any scapegoat, which is just what business would really want you to do. At least those businesses of the psychopathic 'I owe no alleigence to anyone' corporate model that works so well for a few and keeps the public salivating over the good fortune of having those entities burn their way to the privelege of holding for ransom the fruits of the common man's labors. Oh, did I forget to mention, too, privelege of overblown salaries, faux markets, long drawn-out ponzi schemes that deny common attention-spans? OK...My breath is getting really bad from this shit, and you'd like me to get to the point.
I've always lived simply. I like material things, but I'm not willing to be responsible or spend time and effort in maintaining such things. I've got a lot of books, more musical instruments than I can obviously play at once (which is one, in some cases with the whistles, flute, and keyboard, on a stretch two), but that's beside the point. It's just easier, and I'm into 'easy'.
I was thinking today that it was funny that I really had found the perfect retirement philosophy so early in my life. I never expected to live in the same manner as an unproductive economic member whose only contribution is drips in velocity stream of money through the system. That expectation seemed rather idiotic, 'maintaining my station', even if it has been achieveable for more than maybe anytime before. They, and me, too, if I'd made the effort and compromised my personal philosphy, just fell into the best times of the current financial scheme. Will it continue to be this good? I dunno, but how much is the world debt? 64 trillion or so? Hell, it's up there somewhere. Now ask yourself how long the financial people can avoid the realizaton, or at least uphold the denial of the realization, that the world isn't going to grow into whatever that debt is soon. What that implies is some upheaval that is a natural component of money and power. Things like economic depressions, wars...
I've already resisted one war so that was quite comedic at each stop, from the Selective Service Office through the pre-induction physical, on to the Federal Marshalls ("What would you have done if I'd ran?" "We'd shoot you." I tended to believe it because nobody could run in those shiny shoes...) to an arraignment and bond appearance in filthy jeans with a broken zipper, to a probation officer who was a real sadistic twerp who drove a yellow Porshe and seemed to have something for high-necked sweaters, to wanting the kiss the bald head of Gerald Ford who sent me that piece of paper that absolved me of my 'crime', even though I had only a few months before it was all over anyway. But depressions, or recessions, or inflation, or deflation, or the dreaded hyper-inflation, due to the fact that I'm as common as they come, can't be really resisted, can they?
I'm no doom and gloomer, and I obviously care, if the finger-exercise I've put into this is any way gauge my interest, but I don't worry about it, and retirement's just fine, if sparse. It paid to keep practicing 'simple' all these years.
So remember, "Dope will get you through times of no money better'n money will get you through times of no dope."
What a great lesson, huh?
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