Friday, 23 May, 2003

Life isn't fair. Get over it.

In the eyes of God, the U.S. Constitution, the courts, and most of society, all men (and women) are created equal. God, the Constitution, and the courts maintain that equality status throughout a person's life, but society places a higher value on some than on others. This is neither right nor wrong—just the way it is. As a human being, there's nothing that makes a corporate CEO somehow "better" than a plumber.  Society, though, places a much higher value on the corporate CEO because he (in theory) contributes more to the functioning of the society, although I suspect that if there was a shortage of plumbers things would be a bit different.

Do I think that a professional basketball player should be paid more than a fourth grade teacher?  In my world, no.  I don't watch basketball and contribute nothing (directly) to the basketball players' coffers.  But basketball players are few and far between and serve many millions of people whereas there are many, many fourth grade teachers.  The amount of money spent on primary education (and you can figure that as a total or per-capita, the result is the same) far outstrips the amount of money spent on basketball, but it takes more teachers to educate than basketball players to entertain.  Lots of education dollars divided by lots of educators means a little for each.  A few basketball dollars divided by a handful of players equals a whole lot of money each.  That's just the way it is.  Get over it.  Better yet, stop watching professional sports.  That won't increase the amount of money spent on education, but it'll make you feel better about it.