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Cannes Film Festival 2018. Photo: AFP, BBC News.

Take a Pay Cut” – an Ethic for our Ecology

I am not sure how deeply and broadly Ms. Hayek wants the cuts to go, but here is a good example of her reasoning:

“If [male] actors ask such inflated fees it will leave nothing for actresses… If the movie’s budget is $10m, the actor has to understand that if he is making $9.7m, it is going to be hard for equality. Otherwise they will kill the movie.”

We can probably say this about the environment:

“If the earth can only sustain X, we have to understand that if the West consumes 80% of the resources, it is going to be hard for equality. Otherwise they will kill the planet.”

But who decides?

Will it be only the politically correct? the State? the entitled?

When a system incentivizes the wrong things, we can expect the wrong outcomes. After the world-wide financial downturn of 2008, bankers and executives continued to receive obscenely high bonuses.

How did the money get distributed then? Who decided?

How will wealth be distributed now? Who decides?

Under the paradigm of gender politics, Salma Hayek can make statements whose implications stop at the pearly gates of her own mansion. She would no more want me to “equalize” her wages than would her male actors, incentivized on the body of their work and by the demand of their popularity, want to give up their inflated contracts.

And now will you join me looking into the mirror and admit we are wrongly incentivized based on obscure, curious, and contradictory parameters too… or is it only me?

For the Common Good

In his book, “Becoming Human,” Jean Vanier wrote:

We will begin to work for the common good. On the other hand, if we commit ourselves to the making of a society in which we are concerned only with our own rights, then that society must become more and more closed in on itself.

Where we do not feel any responsibility towards others, there is no reason for us to work harmoniously towards the common good.

Indeed our society committed to fighting for our personal “rights” to the ignorance of the common good is being more and more closed in on itself. Pay equality, gun laws, health care – you name it, and you can argue in the paradigm of personal rights to the exclusion of taking responsibility towards others.

What is your insight?

Next week see how taking a pay cut worked against this summer’s shocking story regarding NBA star DeMar DeRozan – in “Take a Pay Cut Part 3”.