Yeah that's why I think that higher education should be free like we have it in Finland and in other Nordic countries. That way anyone can have access to it.
On the other hand, I agree that income inequality shouldn't really matter that much. What is important is how the well-being of the poorest people develops. That should rise (on an absolute scale at least). And indeed it has, at least here.
If there weren't any income inequality, people wouldn't be motivated to study. Why should I bust my ass 5 years through university only to earn the same salary as someone who started working after high-school?
Because you'd rather spend your life being an aeronautical engineer than a construction worker?
Suppose that, during your studies, you earned the same salary that people your age who started working after high school get.
You've been busting your ass at uni 5 years, but that construction worker hasn't had it easier, he's been busting his ass in the cold damp Finnish weather day in day out.
In other words, if everybody earned the same amount of money, who would be the ones becoming architects, doctors, university professors? Could it be that we'd get a scenario where they'd end up being the same people as now?
I'm just thinking out loud.