(continued from yesterday’s post)
Another concept that ancient Hebrew does not recognize is retirement. No word exists in Hebrew for retirement, which indicates to devotees of ancient Hebrew that the very concept of retirement is flawed.
Yes, someone can decide to simply stop working, but giving a name to such an irrational action does not confer on it any legitimate reality. It is almost as ridiculous as deciding to stop breathing or stop eating. Being alive means that we breathe, eat, and work. We do more than these basics, of course, but that is where it begins.
Prior to about the 1950s there was no such thing as retirement as we use the term today. A 1950 poll showed that most workers aspired to work for as long as possible. Quitting was for the disabled. Life did not offer “twilight years,” perhaps two decades of uninterrupted leisure courtesy of the US taxpayer.
We work, not because we need the results of that work, but because there is intrinsic meaning and value in the work itself.
~Rabbi Daniel Lapin
So what do you think? IS retirement a valid concept, or simply something created by a society who values leisure much more highly than they should?