: : If usefulness is equated with remuneration I guess one of the most useless groups of people are the farm laborers who pick our crops. Or all those relatively useless minimum wage workers.
: Nope, renumeration is based on supply and demand. A lot more people can pick legumes than can perform brain surgery.
Which, as far as I'm concerned, is part of the problem. It would be difficult to point out a situation in which a brain surgeon was forced by circumstance to become a brain surgeon. Such is not the case for the migratory farmworker family. To reduce everything to some law of supply and demand ignores the real world where both these parameters can be and are artificially created.