Capt. Chesley Sullenberger, hero of Flight 1549, is a prime example of how we all benefit from the brightest, most productive individuals among us. His intelligence, focus and training resulted in a contribution to society that few of us can ever hope to equal.
What is the value of 155 lives? To their families? To society? What is the value of a stable, well-managed business to its employees and customers?
Another attribute our most productive citizens share is that they are generally considered “rich.” There are exceptions, of course, but the so called “rich” usually make better decisions, work harder and create more shareable “wealth” than the rest of us. Their productions (safe flights, successful operations, well-run businesses, award-winning movies), enrich myriad numbers of us.
Instead of begrudging these unusually talented individuals their monetary rewards, we should thank them for sharing their exceptional talents in exchange for the small amount of money we each end up paying for their services. We are extremely lucky to have individuals such as Capt. Sullenberger in our midst.