SOUTH KOREA - Adults Want to Work Until 73

Arno Froese

Nearly 70 percent of South Korean senior citizens said they want to continue to work until the age of 73, a survey showed, amid rapid aging and a rise in life expectancy.

When it comes to the main reason for hoping to work, 57.1 percent said they want to earn enough for living expenses. It showed 34.7 percent said they want to work as long their health conditions allow.

South Korea is grappling with demographic challenges from a chronically low birthrate and rapid aging.

The country is widely expected to become a super-aged society in 2025, in which the proportion of those aged 65 and older will hit 20 percent of the total population. The country became an aged society in 2017, as the portion of such people exceeded 14 percent.

The average life expectancy of South Korean babies born in 2020 reached 83.5 years, more than seven years longer than two decades ago., 26 July 2022

Arno's Commentary

This puts another nail in the coffin of the assumption that the world is overpopulated. The rich and super-rich countries seem to have the highest life expectancy. Why stay at home if you can work? But why work? That question deserves multiple answers: one is to earn living expenses, as aged Koreans say. Yet with an excellent social support system, there is little need for such. Aother reason is to accumulate money in bank and investment accounts, which in most cases is again, not necessary. An additional reason would be to accumulate merchandise—things often not needed. When younger, people often decide in favor of merchandise, a comfortable life, savings accounts, etc. instead of children.

According to the life expectancy ranking, South Korea is listed at number 11: 83.5 years (USA is 46th place: 79.1 years).

Speaking of merchandise, our minds are directed to the book of Revelation where, in chapter 18, merchandise is emphasized: “And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate” (verse 19).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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