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The Waste of the Retired

This system declares the thousands that retire every year as waste-folk. People who have had real power, when they become powerless are really tragic, particularly the men. We just allow ourselves to become conditioned by society so we become as unimportant as we’re supposed to be. It becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy… Society tells you that after you’ve worked hard it’s time to play, you deserve it. It’s novocain, to keep you out of any position of influence and power. By the year 2020… the old will outnumber the young. If the majority of people are disengaged, who’s gonna do the work? If most of us will live in age-segregated communities like Sun City, living in a leisure world of kiddie-land, how will our society survive?

-interview by Studs Terkel, The Great Divide: Second Thoughts on the American Dream

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