Comment 41165

By Kiely (registered) | Posted May 27, 2010 at 09:29:56

I'm not sure that I would agree that our highest wage earners are generally not our hardest working. Not doubt that's true if you are talking brute strength or intensity of physical labour, but if you calculate hours of work and intellectual effort I think your argument doesn't hold up. - d.knox

Physical labour is mainly what I was referring to... but I'm also not one who thinks intellectual effort is "hard" work. Digging ditches is "hard" work, underground mining is "hard" work, bussing tables for minimum wage is "hard" work. Being an investment banker, doctor or lawyer requires a lot of work but it is in a completely different category. Intellectual effort will actually benefit you over time. Physically demanding manual labour will eventually take its toll on your body and mind.

As for "hours of work" I don't know what you're talking about there. I've never seen any stats proving the rich work longer hours than the middle class or poor. Frankly in this day and age of people in lower income brackets often needing multiple jobs to make a living wage, I think that statement is dubious.

If you don't think that viewpoint holds up, that's fine.

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