With IIT Ropar: An upper limit to salary?

Acharya Prashant
12 min readMay 30, 2023

The following is an excerpt from a samvaad (dialogue) session with Acharya Prashant.

Questioner (Q): The richest of our society are the ones responsible for the most consumption and they take all the resources to themselves. Though they might be ethically and legally justified in doing so, at the end of the day, the large heaps of wealth make no sense to me, especially when I see the tremendous poverty rampant in our society. So, do you think that, just as there is the concept of minimum wage, there should be a concept of maximum wealth also?

Acharya Prashant (AP): Just as it is wonderful to have a minimum wage, the corresponding idea should not be maximum wage but proportional resources. Now we will go into that — proportional resources. When you say maximum wage, what you mean is that there ought to be an upper limit on how much wealth a single individual can own, right?

No, there can be a better idea: the idea is proportional resources — resources proportional to what? Proportional to the importance of the work that you are doing. This would be the Vedantic view on that. This would be the right, deep, and informed view on wealth distribution or income distribution.

You see, who am I? Who are you? And what do we, therefore, want? We are conscious beings, right? Obviously. So, we are…