Unless you are Tom Hanks on a remote island, you would be invariably connected with the workings of everyday life. This connection brings about comparisons; we do it so well, a second nature. A trip to the gas station brings about a comparison to the good $1.25 per litre days. Everything is comparable, from salaries to cars. It how we view our world; we like our perception of reality to be relevant and stable.
Recently netizens turned their attention to the salaries of ministers, something brought forth by the up coming elections; it is not as if their salaries spiked overnight. In all honesty we fail to see the greater threat that is posed by the outflow of talent. In our societal context the resentful and financially viable can take their talents and tools elsewhere because we have relatively little to offer. We are a young nation without much history, pampered by the lack of major crises (flashfloods?). When Obama spoke of ‘America’, he invoked a sense of belonging owing to a very, very long history of revolution. We have none.
I think a good salary stems the outflow of talent, even if it is partial. It’s not like if we slash their salaries, the difference would be made payable to you. On the flip side, do you think we would be sending out a positive signal to people genuinely sincere in serving their nation, their people? For all your complains, would you be ready to step up to such an arduous task? Most of us have no business in politics, and it is for the collective good that this status quo persists.