Friday, June 30, 2006

Your Second Life

Americans are increasingly concerned about their retirement years. The Japanese have a different approach to the retirement phase of life. Rather than using the word ‘retirement’ to define the final stage of life, Japanese people have the concept of “Second Life,” which is the period of time in your life when your family responsibilities have changed and you can focus on your ‘inner peace’. It is a time for getting closer to your soul and dispensing your wisdom to benefit younger generations, and even those your age or older. I rather like this concept. Don't you?

10 comments:

anonymous julie said...

Yes... but I think I started that already...

::grins::

Don Iannone said...

Julie...Too funny. Well, start number 3.

Rob said...

Yes, I like that too. Of course they have more respect for older people there and youth are more likely to listen.

Don Iannone said...

That has been the case in traditional Japanese society. I understand that a lot has changed. I spent the better part of two years over in East Asia in the early 80s, which was a very positive time for Japan from an economic perspective. Socially things are changing--less autocratic and yang-dominated. Thanks Rob.

jim said...

Not everyone gets the sense of a 'difference' so much, seems more continuous.

I do like the concept tho.

Don Iannone said...

Good point Jim.

Travis Jay Morgan said...

I like the "Second Life" perspective better the "retirement" perspective.

Don Iannone said...

Thanks Travis

anonymous julie said...

New every day, Don!

Guess who's in Westlake right now. :D

Don Iannone said...

Julie,

Yep.

Are you in Westlake? Boy, they'll let anybody in that town these days...LOL

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