“So far this year I’ve read hundreds of personal finance blog posts about the wonders of FIRE (financial independence/retire early).* It seems to be an accepted truism that working toward FIRE is enviable, laudable, ethical, and just all around better for the planet and human beings as a species.
Maybe FIRE is good for you, but is it good for me? Is it good for society? I can cite numerous reasons why FIRE may light your fire, but doesn’t do anyone else much good…”