The Greater Good

by Gee El Dee

Before they raised the retirement age to seventy, proof was published that people were living longer. A person living to one hundred could afford another five years. When the national debt continued to climb, a harassed man with defeat in his eyes said it was everyone’s duty to work for as long as they could. It wasn’t long before instead of looking forward to retirement, people looked forward to simply dying. When it was proven that no one enjoyed retirement anymore the first machines to plug people into were rolled in. After all, if nobody wanted to retire and everyone – with a little help – could live until one hundred and twenty, it was only sensible to utilise the resource.


Gee El Dee wrote his first novel at the age of 9. It was a two page masterpiece - he still laments its loss.