Is It Just That Actors and Professional Athletes Are Paid So Much?
Throughout the history, there always existed and exists a kind of people who would rather count somebody else’s money than earn a little bit of their own. The difference between the past and the present is that previously this idea was called “envy” and was treated correspondingly; nowadays it is called something like “just redistribution of wealth” and is used as a kind of religion by leftist politicians.
Among the targets of this redistribution there are such people as actors and professional athletes who, according to the popular belief, don’t do anything useful yet are being paid thousands of times more than honest workers. Unfair! Yet one question always remains unanswerable: if the work done by these people is so much easier and more pleasant, why all these honest workers don’t give their daily job up and do the same? The answer is simple: because they cannot.
Professional sportsmen and actors possess certain qualities that make other people eager to pay millions of dollars to them – not without the influence of the above mentioned honest workers, who simply like to watch them doing their job.
It doesn’t matter whether the work done by a person brings any real benefits. What are these benefits, after all? Real benefits for whom? Which benefits are more real than the others? The only scale that defines the value of your work is how much other people are willing to pay you for it and how easy it is to replace you. Actors and athletes are unique, so there is no real possibility to find an identical substitute; while any average worker may be replaced by any other average worker.
Justice doesn’t have anything to do with it. It is the matter of economics.