- You’re not a heart surgeon? That’s your fault for not working hard enough in school!
You didn’t make it as a concert pianist? You must not have wanted it that badly. Societal inequality is thus justified on the grounds that anyone who is willing to put in the requisite time and effort can succeed and should be rewarded with a good life, whereas those who struggle to make ends meet are to blame for their situations and should pull themselves up by their own bootstraps.
If we acknowledge that people differ in what they have to contribute, then we have an argument for a society in which all human beings are entitled to a life that includes access to decent housing, health care, and education, simply because they are human.
Now I feel bad for the dude who wanted to test the 10k hours theory by becoming a pro golf player. He started late in his life and was around 7000 hours in practice last time I checked.