JW wrote:I can't help but feel sickened by the obscene amounts of money being paid to athletes and actors. But this too brings up another issue.... If it were me receiving this amont of money..... would it change my viewpoint?
At this point of my life, I would say no. An enormous percentage of it would go to charity, but....... when I was younger (at the age of many of these athletes and actors) it would probably be different.
* How much is too much?
* Should there be an obligation to share your wealth with those less fortunate?
* Do we need that enormous SUV or would a lesser priced more fuel efficient used vehicle do?
* Do we need a 4000 Sq Ft home?
* Do we need 4 TV's in our homes?
Seems to me that greed & consumerism is a major obstacle to the evolution of humanity and the environment.
Okay ...I'm through rambling (at least for now)
I agree, the amount of money paid to actors and athletes is obscene. Part of the problem is in the sad work-a-day existence of most in North America. So many people are living vicariously through their favorite celebrities. They all chip in their little bit to the cable tv provider, the movie theatre, the sports arena etc. to keep 'the dream' alive. It gets worse in poor neighborhoods, where 'the dream' is seen as the only way out. I think happier and more fulfilled people would care less about sports and movies and more about their own lives. I could be wrong, but a more fulfilling life wouldn't hurt. We could start with a european style 6-8 weeks paid vacation, unlike the average american's one week! Okay, now I'm rambling.
I'm not sure how much is too much, but we are almost all forced to share with those less fortunate through taxes. Unfortunately, in the US at least, it is the super-rich who pay the least percentage of their income in taxes.
But, then again maybe even average Joes like myself have too much? With a new two-income household, something I hadn't had in almost a decade, I am now affording a much more comfortable standard of living. That for me is simple luxuries like organic fresh fruit and veggies, high-speed internet, eating out and weekend trips. I still see people at the gas pump getting $5 in gas, people at the grocery store adding up their purchases to make sure they have enough money, trying to decide on bananas or diapers etc. Wow, it was only a few years ago that I was there. It's a pretty sick feeling and leaves one feeling completely alienated from this culture.
I don't know what the answer is, but surely at some point there will have to be a more even distribution of wealth.