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Why should we accept that the “talent” of someone who writes jingles for an advertising agency advertising dog food and gets $100,000 a year is superior to the talent of an auto mechanic who makes $40,000 a year? Who is to say that Bill Gates works harder than the dishwasher in the restaurant he frequents, or that the CEO of a hospital who makes $400,000 a year works harder than the nurse or the orderly in that hospital who makes $30,000 a year? The president of Boston University makes $300,000 a year. Does he work harder than the man who cleans the offices of the university? Talent and hard work are qualitative factors which cannot be measured quantitatively.

Howard Zinn


Written by pavanvan

February 26, 2010 at 12:01 am

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  1. As someone who has worked plenty of manual labor and back breaking type jobs, I can understand what you’re trying to say. I’ve definitely worked harder at my menial tasks than the owner of most of those businesses in terms of physical labor and tangible reults.

    What this quote doesn’t take into count is that there are millions of people just as qualified as I am to build cinder brick walls and haul bags of dirt around. There are only a handful of people capable of running a university, hospital and the like. Its simply scarcity and competition. Now if we’re talking GM execs getting fat bonuses for running the company into the ground that’s one thing. But is it much better that your average line worker is making $33 an hour to do a job (or not) that any high school grad (or dropout) could easily do for less?

    Don’t ever show this comment to any nurses you know. I respect the SHIT out of nurses. Just saying mang.


    February 26, 2010 at 7:23 pm

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