Random observations on value and reward
If every corporate executive in the country went on strike for a month, and every garbage collector in the country went on strike for a month, which absence would cause more actual problems?
When a company's Senior Executive Vice President of Something Frightfully Important quits, there is usually an exhaustive and expensive search process to find a replacement, lasting several months, during which the job stays vacant. When the accounting department's receptionist quits, they get a temp in within a day or two -- because that's something they actually can't do without.
I do not begrudge the fact that my immediate boss makes more money than I do. Managing people is genuinely hard work. And when she takes a week off, we feel the lack. But what are the guys up on the commanding heights doing for their huge salaries, that their jobs can be left unfilled for months with no noticeable effect?
If people were actually rewarded in proportion to the value they contribute, medical researchers would be taking home the seven-figure bonuses, and the titans of Wall Street would be out on the streets panhandling for enough change to buy the night's bottle of Thunderbird.