I disagree with the concept that those who have less are somehow reduced in worth just because they have not achieved as much in life as a corporate president. For some people simply surviving is an accomplishment…look at the homeless on the streets of San Francisco. Who knows what has put them there, but despite all their flaws, they are still alive and must have the will to keep on surviving in such a hostile environment as long as they can. Most are good people who have somehow failed, or were caused to fail, as in a corporate re-staffing that seems to reduce everyone to the lowest level. They stay there unless they have the will and opportunity to pull themselves up again.
As for the corporate president or CEO, I think of those who have recently been shown to be criminals, stealing from their own companies and the people that trusted them…sometimes taking people’s life savings. Not even concerned about how their actions reduce them in stature….and in worth as a person. They came from upper-class backgrounds, were well-educated, had everything given to them. Consequently they had no sense of values or ethics.
There are people who began from modest beginnings that have accomplished a great deal because of their intelligence and perseverance. I’m thinking of Bill Gates and Steve Jobs …both came from a middle-class background and are/were beyond successful. Both of them work(ed) hard and are/were quick to share their wealth when they became icons.
Oprah Winfrey is an example of someone from very humble and ugly beginnings who had the determination and ambition to become one of the most successful and richest people in the world. Despite being abused as a child and young woman, she made a choice about how she would live the rest of her life. Was she worth less when she was a poor, abused child? Or more now that she is an icon?