bdrotoronto wrote:Capitalism is a system that helps create winners and losers. Salaries are not linked to social worth/utility for anyone. Is it fair that a mediocre baseball player makes more than a doctor? Probably not. But on the other hand it's not really meant to be fair. As soon as you get over the notion that it ought to be, you will be much more at ease with things.
That's not true. They're very much linked to social utility. The difference is the scope of their work.
Suppose I asked you this... who has done more to improve your life: a heart surgeon in Cincinnati or Yadier Molina?
I'd answer Yadier Molina. He's entertained me by playing baseball, at least in a small way. The surgeon hasn't done anything for me.
Millions of baseball fans across the country would answer the question the same way, and the salaries reflect that.
Now if you live in Cincinnati and your arteries are blocked, then the surgeon's services are FAR more valuable to you than watching Mr. Molina throw out would-be basestealers.
People certainly look at life-saving as a more noble activity than playing baseball, and rightfully so. But at some point, entertaining millions is worth more to society than saving a handful of lives.