Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Worth What People Will Pay

My father always told me that something is only worth what people are willing to pay for it. Similarly, a person's time and labour must also be worth only as much as someone else is willing to pay for it. So why is the Guardian asking:
Your salary: are you worth it?
If someone is willing to pay it then you must, by definition, be worth it. The only exception, I suppose, would be those employed by the State whose wages are paid for with other people's money.


  1. Or if you're just blagging your way through it all.

  2. A blagger is a person who can persuade other people that they know or can do something they cannot. Ultimately the blagger must perform. Now, no one disputes the fact that some people have the gift of the gab and can defer the day of judgement. In a private sphere that is the responsibility of private money - they enable it and ultimately they take the loss. In the state employ, that day may never come because the money is "someone else's" and no one cares are someone else's money as much as they care about their own.