On the Virtues of Merit Pay

America believes in education: the average professor earns more money in a year than a professional athlete earns in a whole week.
Evan Esar

Came across this a while back – I like it for the sleight-of-number trickery behind it…  and for the all-too-sad reality it mocks.  It makes me think of a 22-year-old guy who, in addition to being born large, has as his greatest skill the ability to toss a sphere through a toroid – and who will make more money this year than I will in my entire lifetime.  Sometimes it seems we greatly value the abilities some are born with (that, perhaps, no amount of sweat and labor can match – despite the fact that they took little effort) and despise those things that are the result of years of toil.

(And for those of you who claim that 10 years of exercise and training constitute effort, there’s a reason it’s called a “game” – it’s mostly about physical competition and having fun)

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