Beware: I’m not giving this post a lot of thought (more like, feeling) or research (as in numbers), it comes from spending the last year and a half thinking about the present and the need to worry about the future (“is there a need like there used to?”).
Today I ran into this ad/note/article from Freelancers Union:
I feel that’s the old economy tricking the new one.
In 20 years I’m not going to retire, I’m retired already from the system that existed when I went into “working” (about 19 years ago).
In 20 years, fifty thousand dollars will not be worth what that much, nor what they could be worth (what it could mean) if I had them lying around today.
I’m also a Mexican and the cliché about being obsessed about death is true: in 20 years I could be dead! I could be dead tomorrow too, by the way (although I hope not because there’s a party).
In 20 years I could also be living on an island already, or in a cave, or in a plane. None of those things are $50K and if I already have the stuff, what am I going to do with the money? (I’m not going to get an island through a loan, so “paying how you got them” doesn’t work).
Worse: in 20 years I’ll be 50 years old and I’ll have bigger issues to worry, like gray hair for example (the old system also made me vain, sadly). Has anyone thought of that? Our generation will be old. Old. OLD.
Old economics never made sense to me because I tend to compare theories with living, enjoying and preparing for what you can. I constantly feel that economics should be explained to me by an anthropologist.
I’ll be more specific: saving is fine, saving $20 a week is fine, giving your weekly $20 to a circle that will use your money to have a good time now is not fine… mixing an imagined moment (future, not real) with “give me your money today” (present, real) is not fine.
Old ideas like these are tricking us new humans, I wonder why we keep mixing things.