This is an astute observation with an important caveat that "retirement" is defined as retirement from any productive activities.Cruise wrote: ↑Sat Nov 04, 2017 11:14 amMy theory is that it is not retirement that makes one lazy, it is laziness that makes one decide to retire. Please, this is not meant to offend, just to suggest that when one’s physical and cognitive energies are reduced, one is more likely to consider retirement.
It is not, or it does not have to be, true when "retirement" is defined as leaving formal employment after one reaches financial independence. My own role model is a 19th century English gentleman who has reliable income and dedicates his life to independent research in science, philosophy, or literature. I have adopted this model after reading about it in Taleb's "The Black Swan." Taleb himself has retired in his middle 20s after he has become financially independent in October 1987. In the 30 years since his retirement, Taleb was one of the most productive and influential people. The fact that he was not accountable to any employer made him even more effective.