However, it may all serve to motivate those aspiring to the top. Human nature seems to find the small probability of a huge reward irresistible. There are many reasons for arguing that huge salaries (and huge lottery and pools wins) should be spread around more thinly, but we get the system we deserve. The remote chance that we may enjoy those huge rewards (or prizes) keeps us working harder (or buying lottery tickets) than if the reward were smaller but we had more chance of getting it.
The system, like human nature, is flawed. Can't we do better?
Roger Britton Farnham, Surrey