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In a society where everyone makes the same amount of money...

#1bsballa09Posted 4/8/2013 10:21:24 AM
How many people would take jobs like being a doctor, lawyer, etc? In other words, without the incentive to make a lot of money, would the same amount of people join those professions?
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#2DJStrongPosted 4/8/2013 10:22:02 AM
bsballa09 posted...
How many people would take jobs like being a doctor, lawyer, etc? In other words, without the incentive to make a lot of money, would the same amount of people join those professions?


I would like to hear from Valnor50
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#3TheRealJiraiyaPosted 4/8/2013 10:24:55 AM
but but but the only reason people care about that stuff is because they have been indoctrinated by the capitalist system they just have to

um

stop

wanting

that
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#4Nitro378Posted 4/8/2013 10:26:06 AM
People can be socialised to care about and be motivated by things other than money. Greed is a learned value and it can be unlearned too.
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#5KavatarPosted 4/8/2013 10:29:00 AM
Only if society consisted solely of small towns where the need for such professions becomes more obvious, and the desire to help your community becomes stronger.
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#6TheRealJiraiyaPosted 4/8/2013 10:31:46 AM
Nitro378 posted...
People can be socialised to care about and be motivated by things other than money. Greed is a learned value and it can be unlearned too.


How do you get 300 million people and their offspring to unlearn it?

Step by step process pls
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#7DragooneerZeroPosted 4/8/2013 10:32:59 AM
i don't think the motivation is so much "make a lot of money" as it is "be rewarded with a high standard of living, at the very least worthy of the amount of work and time committed to this job"

i.e. i'm not sure physicians want to live better than other people moreso than they want to live well, period.
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#8JIC XPosted 4/8/2013 10:33:39 AM
Money's obviously an important factor in career choice, but I think other factors are occasionally more important.

Even if the two jobs paid the same, I'd rather be a neurosurgeon (doing interesting, varied, and useful work) than spend my days filling and licking envelopes in an accounts payable department.
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#9RufusNKenRSTierPosted 4/8/2013 10:34:40 AM
Right, its not like we've been shaped by a kajillion years of evolutionary pressure to hoard during times of plenty for fear of lean times in the future... and its not like that instinct can go haywire...
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#10_Itachi_Uchiha_Posted 4/8/2013 10:36:10 AM
If everyone made the same amount of money why wouldn't I just take the easiest job out there? Absolutely no incentive to do anything difficult or stressful at all.

Which is why I think that system is stupid. If I work to become X, and X > Y, there's no reason I shouldn't be compensated moreso than someone who does Y.

I'm a strong believer that some people are naturally more talented than others, and some people are born into better situations than others. Either way, the combination of internal and external factors can safely place someone "above" or "below" someone else. If someone applies that in finding a good job, they should be compensated for it. If they aren't, there's no reason for them to push the boundaries of what they are capable of.
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