VeryCuddlyCornpone wrote:Sometimes, as a philosophical exercise, I think about what kind of country it would be if politicians had to take a vow of poverty for the time spent in office. I suppose this exercise would be interesting in thinking about high-level management, too.
That's my view. That way people would go into politicians would be the people who want to make a difference and wouldn't be influenced by the money. And they hopefully wouldn't be obsessed with keeping power. A lot of the time I feel the government is so keen not to anger anyone in case they lose their seat of power at the next election they never do anything of worth at all. Which is one thing I respect the current government for not doing, even if a lot of decisions are ridiculous, stupid and toff-y. Anyway, if politicians weren't making decent money then at least they'd know that if they lost their power they could make more money in the private sector.
It's all very silly in the end. The workforce infantry complain about how much the company generals get paid when its not them getting shot at every day. The generals justify their pay by pointing out they have to keep all the infantry pointing in the right direction. In the end it comes down to the notion that your reward for doing the job you do and the value others put on your contribution is purely how much money they give you at the end of the month. But the scales aren't balanced between pay and stress. Society is so earthly and money based people feel they need money to make them happy and certainly to an extent money does make you happy and give you security, but because higher paid jobs are usually more stressful (and therefore damaging to health and happiness) people feel the need for more and more money to compensate. But once financial security and piece of mind is reached, an increased income becomes exponentially less fulfilling. It doesn't matter how much money you have in your bank or what car you drive when your too busy to do your hobbies or see your child's play or if all the time you're at work you just want to pick up your computer and throw it out of the window. The notion that we are worth what people pay us ultimately makes for unhappy people, but the only way those people can think of to make themselves happier is to be paid more.
At the end of the day if you can pay your bills, teach your kids there's more to life than stuff and live comfortably on an average wage from a low stress job your will be happy and healthy and that's what counts.
(Though it helps if you have a government who will pay your hospital and education fees.)
...Yeah I'm a hippy. So sue me.