“People who work in the arts and humanities should earn less that those who work in the sciences and economics because the benefit of the arts and humanities to the population is less important than that of scientific or economic endeavors.”
Many of us believe and endorse the fact that science and economics have greater impact on our lives than arts and humanities. Scince helps in development of things ranging from as tiny as contact lenses to as large as a skyscraper, whereas economics help in boosting the living standards of general masses. On the other hand, arts has no contribution in the above mentioned fronts. However, while stating the above points we forget about the sustainence of our lives. Let us take few examples that will help in clearing this point.
Arts, as already mentioned above, helps in sustaining life. Philosophy, which stands for love of knowledge, basically defines the course of one’s life. Philosophy, combined with religious studies, conveys what is right and what falls in the wrong pool. Science, as an example, taught us how to make an atom bomb and economics made us financially able to use it, but it was humanities that taught us not to use it against humanity, which consequently makes both the areas, science and arts, equally important.
Although it was science that invented music instruments like guitar, flute, harmoinca etc, but it was music, which comes under arts domain, that made us even more creative with them. People innovated different ragas, different chores that help us rejoice, alleviate all pain and live a happy and long life.
Furthermore, we can argue on the fact that, what if the earning capacity is reduced for people relating to art? Consequently, all contributions towards the area of arts and humanities will go down. Top thinkers will migrate to areas like science and economics which will, for sure, reduce the literature in numbers and definitly in quality too. With this sudden reduction in literature, philosophy and music, sustainibility of life will affect for sure. People will not find anything, when in dire need of inspration or anodyne music.
Hence, with all the evidence in hand it is easy to say, if the earning capacity of people in arts and humanities is reduced that of of people in science and economics will not only affect the society but also the humanity as a whole.