I read an article in the newspaper which mentioned that older workers need to retire at 55 so that young people can get jobs. Am I depriving youngsters from getting jobs?
The short and simple answer is NO. The article you read ignores the fact that God created each and every one of us as unique individuals with unique contributions to make to society. Your job is to continue working and adding value to the life of others.
God didn’t put Adam in The Garden to work it only until a younger person who needed a job came along. A growing garden means jobs for all who wish to work. What is more, it is a common fallacy to think that a person with years of experience behind him can be replaced by a young first-time-job-seeker. Not true.
If you are in a job where you are still working only because you have tenure, or union rules or the threat of a lawsuit make it impossible for your employer to fire you, that might be another case. If you look at yourself honestly in the mirror and say, “I add no value to my workplace. All I do is pick up a paycheck,” then we agree with the article that it is time to quit.
There is not a finite number of jobs. The best way to add jobs for young people is to minimize regulations and taxes that hinder business growth and to instill good work habits in the young. In a free, open and ethical work environment there are plenty of opportunities for all, young and old, to make their contributions and receive a paycheck for a job well done.
So keep working your garden and pray that the government does nothing to keep the garden small and that people keep having children and raising them properly.
Rabbi Daniel and Susan Lapin
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