When a financial advisor recently told me that everyone should have at least $250,000 in their retirement account – for medical expenses alone – I was shocked! Since when should the mere act of staying alive require a quarter of a million? I thought retirement was supposed to be about enjoying the fruits of all your labors. Instead, it seems to have become yet another mechanism of enslavement to a system that only serves itself.
I don’t know about you, but this is not a system I want to support. Working hard and investing for retirement may have served people well a generation or two ago, but much has changed. Not only have exorbitant medical expenses left little for squirreling away, but what we have managed to save appears to already be earmarked for the very same medical establishment.
It just goes to show you that the evil of greed knows no bounds. The bottom line is that there is no money to be made by keeping people healthy. Making sure we stay sick and dependent on “healthcare” has nothing to do with caring for our health. It’s all about making money, and it’s about making money at any cost.
The greed for money isn’t the only engine behind this system, though. It is also the greed for power. I am amazed by how many big corporations and foundations are working behind the scenes to suppress real healthcare. Even worse are those whose aim is to inflict outright harm on their fellow human beings in order to impose their selfish will on humanity.
In fact, this is exactly what I was thinking about while trying to decide how to re-invest my IRA. When I told one of the financial advisors at my brokerage that I couldn’t in good conscience buy mutual fund shares that are invested in these destructive organizations, I was surprised by his response.
“You need to think about your retirement,” he said. “You’re going to need a lot of money [for medical expenses], so you should lay your values aside.”
As if that wasn’t bad enough, he also wanted to know exactly which companies I didn’t like and why I didn’t like them. It’s as if he was challenging my assertion that there might actually be evil in the world, but I didn’t bite. I wasn’t about to be reeled into defending my right to think for myself.
I want to be wise about planning for retirement, but it’s becoming clear that this whole system is already rigged against me. Something has got to give. The medical system wants me to give up all my hard-earned money, and the financial system wants me to give up all my values. The only thing I want to give up, though, is playing this corrupt game.
In the end, I decided to move my IRA to a different brokerage. I still haven’t determined my investment strategy, but I truly hope there is an option I can live with. Maybe Wall Street doesn’t care whether portfolios grow at the expense of life and liberty, but I do.
In the old days we had a name for that. It was called “ill-gotten gain” and everyone knew that it never ended well for those who engaged in it. Now, it is peddled as wisdom, but I am no fool and neither is God.
“Greed has taken the whole universe, and nobody is worried about their soul.” – Little Richard