Chapter 1. What "Retire" Meant THE END OF RETIREMENT AS WE KNOW IT

Things do change. The only question is... will society and man's habits change quickly enough?

Isaac Asimov

The U.S. standard-gauge railroad track is four feet, eight and one-half inches wide. Why such an odd measure? Because that was the width in England and the United States when railroads were built by British expatriates.

Where did the English get that measure? The first rail lines were built by the same people who built the tramways that preceded railroads, and they built the trams with the same jigs and tools used for building wagons. The wagons were built to what is now the standard-gauge railroad track so their wheels would fit the ruts of England's ancient long-distance roads.

The ruts had been made by the war chariots brought to England by the occupying imperial Roman army. And the chariots were four feet, eight and one-half inches wide to accommodate the rear ends of two horses. You're not alone if you struggle with change.

Retiring Old Ideas about Retirement

Face it—retirement is not a great idea, especially at age 62. In fact, retirement as we know it today is a relic from a time and a world that have long since passed. In the context of our modern age, conventional ideas about retirement are not only inappropriate, but they are counterproductive. The concept of retirement was a shortsighted political machination and social manipulation, which is no longer relevant and is hopelessly out of touch with our ...

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