Richard Posted: Feb 4, 2007 11:06 AM >Thanks Haim. I feel better now. I never knew I was >doing that well.
I suspect you are being ironic. If so, you are not entitled to your irony because, in fact, you are doing well. No use comparing yourself to Donald Trump or Bill Gates. By that standard, none of us is doing well.
As a counter-example, I share with you a comment my wife once made some years ago. As a lawyer, she could have gone to Wall Street for double money, but noted that she would have had to work double the hours. "I could get a second job anytime I wanted, if that is what I wanted", is what she said.
Double hours is by no means a fiction with the Wall Street law firms. A female colleague of mine, whose husband was a Wall St. lawyer, once commented to me that she had met all the partners in her husband's firm. "They are all overweight, alcoholic, and divorced." They were equally estranged from their children as from their wives. I.e., regular 80-hr work weeks, for 20+ years, puts a real strain on one's life.
But for a lucky few (movie stars, e.g.), no one in this capitalist society gets paid for his good looks and sparkling personality. You get paid for valuable work that is often hard, heavy, dirty, or dangerous. Work that takes a toll of one kind or another. In the spectrum of work that people do, teaching is safe, secure, and easy on family life. These, in addition to a fair, even generous, salary, are valuable things.
I, for one, would be grateful if you all stopped your insufferable whining.