I like this and I thought you might too. It’s from an AIGA Talk in London. I will post them one at a time.
IF YOU HAVE A CHOICE NEVER HAVE A JOB.
One night I was sitting in my car outside Columbia University where my wife Shirley
was studying Anthropology. While I was waiting I was listening to the radio and heard
an interviewer ask ‘Now that you have reached 75 have you any advice for our
audience about how to prepare for your old age?’ An irritated voice said ‘Why is
everyone asking me about old age these days?’ I recognised the voice as John Cage.
I am sure that many of you know who he was – the composer and philosopher who
influenced people like Jasper Johns and Merce Cunningham as well as the music
world in general. I knew him slightly and admired his contribution to our times. ‘You
know, I do know how to prepare for old age’ he said. ‘Never have a job, because if
you have a job someday someone will take it away from you and then you will be
unprepared for your old age. For me, it has always been the same every since the
age of 12. I wake up in the morning and I try to figure out how am I going to put
bread on the table today? It is the same at 75, I wake up every morning and I think
how am I going to put bread on the table today? I am exceedingly well prepared for
my old age’ he said.