A worker candidly critiques the absurdity of the United States' minimum retirement age using 'earth math.'
There has been a growing sentiment among most of the working population that they want to retire early or reduce their work hours. It is not because they do not want to work, rather, it is because the system is unfair. Most jobs have poor compensation and fail to keep up with living wages, which means that people cannot justify working long hours and being tired all the time. Kuru–who goes by @kuruthegemini on TikTok–shared a video where she ridiculed the absurd retirement age in the United States, which went viral.
The video has garnered over 1 million views and 6K comments on the platform. It has a text overlay reading, "Idk (I don't know) why I'm so tickled by this today." According to the official Social Security Administration website, the retirement age for anyone born after 1960 is 67. The woman is heartily laughing at the start of the video and looks into the camera, saying, "Y'all, they really said work till you're 65." The woman goes on to point out how most people probably only lived till they were 76 years of age.
She highlights how this late retirement age left individuals with "11 years to play." The video concludes with her saying, "earth math," signaling how screwed up the career situation was. People on the platform agreed with her insights and dropped hilarious comments on her post. @shaunmasonmusic said, "Pretty sure there are enough people being born every second to shift retirement age to like 35." @synbeaumont commented, "As a retirement specialist, it's more like work until 5 years before you die." @primaa_dee added: "Right I’m ready to retire at the tender age of 26… I’m 26 btw LMAO." @miss_mww shared: "Earth math is the craziest! Why am I only free to run wild when I don’t even have the knees anymore?!"
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But it turns out that the actual ground reality of things may be different after all. u/happyme321 shared how they had a coworker lady who was 72 years old come back from retirement. Seeing how desperate the woman seemed, the individual asked her why she came back to the office from retirement. The helpless old lady revealed that she and her husband could not make ends meet even with the pension that her company was providing her. The individual inquired about when they actually retired and the woman confirmed that she retired when she was 72 years old.
The individual was agitated seeing the situation of the old couple. They write, "We live in a very high cost of living area, but it makes me sick to think of people who live in a wealthy country, working until they drop." They conversed with the old lady more and shockingly discovered that her husband was disabled. The couple's finances were severely hit as the woman's husband had to get regular health check-ups. This woman's example showcases how the ground reality of retirement was not as it seemed.
People on the platform empathized with the woman's situation in the comment section. u/Mundane-Internet9898 said, "My Mom retired and has SS and a pension. Still had to get a Medicaid waiver set in place so she could live where/get the care she needed. I am absolutely terrified of what retirement is going to be like for me. I lose sleep over it." Asking them to make peace with how things are currently, u/TheyDidLizFilthy said, "I know this is grim, but if you're born 90s-2000s, just accept that we will be expected to work until the day we die."