2016-09-18 14:53 供稿单位: 新航道 原创作者:新航道
Some people think that old people should not be forced by law to retire at the age of 60-65 if they wish to continue working. Do you agree with this point of view?
There has long been a debate about whether old people should be forced to retire from work at the age of sixty or sixty-five, regardless of their own wishes. People in favor of this say that old people, having worked for over thirty or forty years, should not go on working. Personally, I do not feel that old people should be forced to retire simply because they are not as strong as they used to be physically and mentally.
It seems to me that no one should be forced to change his/her life style unless he/she has committed a crime. People,whether they are old or young, should have the right to decide their own way of life. Just as young people can choose to stop working and enjoy their leisure time as long as they can make ends meet, old people should also be allowed toc ontinue working, provided that they are still qualified for their jobs.
Although old people are unlikely to face physically challenging tasks, there are many jobs that are especially suitable for old people, such as jobs that call for more experience and wisdom than physical power. With their rich experience in both work and life, many old people would make good consultants, instructors, coaches, doctors and psychologists, to mention only a few.
Unlike young people who are burdened with the financial pressure of making a living, for old people there is more to work than just making money. They simply enjoy working as an indispensable part of their lives. Some of them even develop various mental and physical problems after retiring from work, and it seems that the best way to keep them in good health and high spirits is to allow them to keep working.
All in all, I believe that not only should old people's physical conditions be taken into consideration but also their psychological needs should be respected. Therefore, letting them do whatever they are fond and capable of doing will make them much happier than forcing them to stay isolated from society and endure loneliness in their twilight years.