Work Abroad

Guide to Early Retirement

‘Hard work never killed anybody, but why take a chance?’

Edgar Bergen (1903 – 1978)

In the modern world people’s jobs define them – what do you do? is the standard enquiry on meeting someone. Who can answer with gusto that they spend their lives watching the hands of the clock go round, cursing their boss and wishing they were elsewhere?

At Roadjunky, on the other hand, we agree with Aristotle who said that ‘all paid work absorbs and degrades the mind’ For us, every day without work is a day of success.

Or, as the Nobel prize winning philosopher, Bertrand Russell, memorably said, ‘The morality of work is the morality of slaves, and the modern world has no need of slavery.’

That’s more like it.

And now more than 70 years after Russell there’s another reason to retire early – your hard work is killing Planet Earth. Honest. In the consumer age, productive adults are churning out goods and services which are then sold to a public that uses, disposes and asks what’s next?

Leading botanist Dr. Peter Raven estimated that industrialised nations are producing, consuming and ultimately polluting at a pace which would require three planet Earths to be sustainable. Other scientists have predicted the Earth’s resources will be depleted by 2050. Bummer.

Meanwhile, far from the age of luxury and freedom we ought to find ourselves in, things are getting worse and worse – People are working harder, working longer, buying more, and using more. Harvard economist Juliet Schor saw the average worker as being trapped in a spiralling cycle of ever increasing hours and ever growing consumption.

Does this situation sound familiar to you?

So it is time to do your superhero thing. Fight slavery, idiocy and planetary suffocation. Don’t put your shoulder to the wheel. Road Junky tells you how, where and what to do to retire early.

And turning to Mister Russell again, remember that you’ll be far happier and healthier if you start to take it easy as: ‘One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important.’

J. Sim

J.Sim, aka JamJam, is a wharf rat born and bred who went on to become a soldier, teacher, financial and media analyst.