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Nothing is more common than for people who are working to ask retirees what they "do" with their time.

If retirees aren't exhausting themselves with a busy schedule of travel and activities, those who are working often conclude that retirees are living a blighted life.

Retirees, especially retirees with a few year of retirement experience, usually reject such chracterizations.

My theory is that people can lead a good life regardless of the level of stimulation or stress in their lives.

A corolary of that theory is that people can easily become stimulation junkies, who are used to and "need" high levels of stress in their lives. I suggest that such stress, which can include work and/or travel, can be an addiction, and can be a harmful addiction.

I suggest that the monastic traditions of Christianity and Buddhism lend support for the theory described above. People in such social environments have lived good lives of moderate to low levels of stress for decades and lived good lives in the process.

Comments are welcome.


Seattle Pioneer
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