Retirement Age

There is a huge protest going on in France. Nothing new, it's a tautology. French people are used to going on strike when their rights are threatened. It's been this way for hundreds of years and it will be tomorrow.

The object of the protest is a modification of the pension system affecting the legal age of retirement to obtain a full pension: 64 instead of 62.

As a young solopreneur with little revenue, I don't think I'll ever be able to reach the required years. I don't plan to anyway. The government will probably increase the age again in a few years. I can't trust them to retire when my health will start failing. For now, I just want to focus on covering my living expenses and inject everything I can in index funds to provide for my own retirement. The system is completely broken.

I love my work, but I want the freedom to own my time: I certainly don't want to be legally required to work till my 70's to finally spend my time as I wish. We only have one life after all.

I'm 80% sure I'll keep writing and programming till I die, but nobody should be forced to work to death.

The main argument in favor of delaying requirement is that we are living longer, and thus we can't afford to pay everyone. This is revolting. Sure, studies agree we are living longer and meaningful work helps us stay healthy, but what about all the exhausting and soul-breaking jobs nobody wants to do?

We might live longer, but that doesn't mean we live better. Cancer doesn't care if you're 30 or 50, and the global incidence rate never ceases to increase. Same with heart diseases. And don't get me started about the global crisis we are facing as a result of climate change. Working people to death is certainly not a viable solution to anything, even to overpopulation.

Some want to keep working. Well, let them work. But don't force everyone to follow along. Retiring doesn't mean there is nothing left to do. There are new generations to teach and grandchildren to take care of. There are books to write. If you have too much time on your hands, there are plenty of opportunities out there to help those in dire need.

The old has to give room to the new, it's the natural order of things.

Pass the torch, old (wo)man.