> Isn't that what we do when we work? I give up one hour of a fine
> Sunday morning to listen to a kid play the piano and correct his
> errors. He gives me $x (for some value of x). According to me and
> to the kid's parents, one hour of my life is worth that $x.
> According to the company at which I am currently employed, one hour
> of my life is worth $y. What's so hard about it?
I think that your explanation has widespread acceptance as being
the normal state of affairs. Also think that it has recently
evolved ( or resurfaced from the depths of history ) within
the post-industrialized societies in only the past 20 years.
I'd rather be free. That's a pun, btw. :)