This is quite direct, but it does highlight a very realistic message of how the world works in a free-market capitalist society. I don't think it's inappropriate, I think its realistic. Ultimately, none of us became pilots to enjoy a wealthy, lavish lifestyle. Nor do people become lawyers to enjoy some lavish lifestyle of a corporate lawyer on Bay Street. We do what we do out of of passion, a wonder or some curious drive for success in the field we find ourselves interested in. It certainly takes time and effort to enjoy the perks of a career as an airline pilot and certainly a lot more time and effort to enjoy the profession of a corporate lawyer. However, I don't think thats the argument here.Quit flying. Get a law degree. Work your way up the corporate ladder on Bay Street.
Never bitch about the amount that successful people make. It is there for you as well, you just have to do it
When it comes to the career of an airline pilot, I think a societal shift is happening involving the type of people entering the workforce, and the evolving fields of business and technology. Business and technology fields have become the go-to for young minds entering the post secondary education age. These young minds are finding ways to become successful entrepreneurs, starting niche markets in applications, programs or software. They benefit from a free-market capitalist society, just as airline pilots do when we collect a paycheque. This paycheque we collect is usually proportional to our tenure or experience within the company we are employed with. We as pilots aren't innovating the way the airline operates. We aren't going to work everyday trying to develop programs to change the business models or refine the balance sheets. We are going to work simply to operate the equipment we are trained to operate in a safe way which is to generate revenue for the company we work for. These young minds who are becoming entrepreneurs will find a way to replace us, and it is a good objective. We as pilots cost a lot of money (thinking of some of the top-out salaries). Single pilot operations on modern airliners isn't too far off, and the payoff will be enormous for the bottom line of any airline operation. This may be a cynical prospect to some, but its a very realistic future for our career and a great many others. We aren't unique as airline pilots. We aren't special. There will always be a winner in a free-market capitalist society and there will always be a loser. Look at retail jobs, the service industry or automotive manufacturing jobs, the list goes on for jobs that are deemed "complex repetitive" like ours. Now certainly, we can be a sore loser and fall victim to this societal shift, or we can make the most of it. Live on less than we make, save money, invest in real-estate and generate multiple streams of income to sustain the lifestyle we desire. All of this is possible ONLY because we live a capitalist society.
To claim "corporate greed" is the source of all problems is ignorant. To even think that we should take a more socialist view on our society because we believe as airline pilots "aren't paid enough" is completely uneducated, misinformed and dangerous. Look at the movement of the radical left in the Canadian media, it is appalling. Capitalism allows us to use the income we get freely and however we desire. We aren't entitled to more because previous generations of airline pilots were able to live a different lifestyle. This is happening to jobs all across Canada and it isn't unique to us. Either we stay content with being a loser, or we strive to achieve our dreams as winners.