What Do You Want, Equality Or Freedom?
Maybe, a few months ago, you heard about the business owner who decided to change the way he paid everyone who worked for him. He decided to basically pay everyone the same. He brought everyone up to $70,000 per year in salary. The way he accomplished this was by reducing his own salary from around $1 million per year to $70,000 as well.
He gained a lot of press by doing this. Several people lauded him for this, while others criticized him for it. It is interesting to hear about the results.
I read recently that this CEO was having to rent out space in his house in order to make his own house payments. His business was also losing people because suddenly they were being paid the same as those who did not do the same level of work they did. For example, an administrative assistant was making the same as a high level leader in the company.
Why did this happen? Because you can have equality or you can have freedom, but you can’t have both.
When you force equality on people, they lose the incentive to strive for more. If you are a mid-level manager making $70,000 and upper-level management makes the same, who wants to become an upper-level manager anymore?
People may give lip service to wanting this kind of equality, but what they really want is freedom. What is this freedom for? Freedom for opportunity to better oneself. Freedom to strive and freedom for more incentive in life. Freedom of accomplishment.
Equality sounds wonderful on the surface. However, forcing it does not accomplish what it promises. Instead, it robs of us of the freedom of accomplishment in life.
I believe we are designed to strive for something greater in life. You can see it in the stories in the Bible. Abraham sought a land that God would show him. Israel sought the Promised Land. David sought to kill a giant after fighting lions and bears.
Take our ability to achieve away from us and we will seek it elsewhere.