Are We What We Earn?
We still believe the myth that we are what we earn. As common as this belief maybe, it couldn’t be further away from the truth. A lot of our anxiety around failure comes from the attitude that we are what we earn
When we think this way, we imply money is the key measure of our worth in humanity and not just financial terms. The more money we make, the more we deserve to exist. It feels impossible to imagine ourselves as good, decent and still poor.
But can this really be true? Can what we earn define who we are and make us more evolve than our follow man who earns less? Are we entitled to the best in life because we are rich?
Relationship Between Work, Wages And Worth
To answer this, let us take a look at our society and our economic system, how jobs and salary relate together. Taking a closer look, we find something interesting; a person’s human worth or even social contribution is not based on their wages. Wages are simply the result of the degree with which a person want a job done relative to the number of people able to do the job. In short, it is all about the supply and demand principal.
If many people can complete a task, no matter how humanly important it might be (teaching a child how to read and write), little money will be offered for it.
On the other hand, if there are few people available and able to do it, no matter how trivial it might be (kicking a ball 90 meters into a goal), if there is an intense demand, salaries will be elevated.
This shows that money is no accurate measure of human worth. It is not even an accurate measure of how important the work is to society. It is just an issue of appreciation. What determines wages is just how strong the demand is in relation to supply.
When we spend time talking to people at work or around our schools, we get to find out how little a person earnings can contribute to their character, physical heath or even emotion well-being. This leads us to one conclusion; we are definitely not what we earn