It is reality.
Look at it this way. There is a shortage of doctors right now. Your mother is sick and needs help. Doctors in return get paid more and as a reward more people decide to go to medical school to become a doctor to treat your mother. People work 2 jobs and contribute more when needed.
Work is a 3 way street. Yes you can say CEO's are evil!! But what about the customer? Last, yourself? When you work you pay yourself and your wife. The CEO gets paid. The customer gets something he or she wants. All 3 are happy. The price is determined by willingness also based on importance. Food service is not important so it pays less but does add up if you eat out everyday very very fast. IT work pays more. Programmers make the most because the software they write helps someone else make money. More than answering a phone. Which is more value than pouring a workers cup of coffee etc.
It is not parasitical as it aligns people to work in what society needs done the most. It is not perfect etc. But humans are value what you can provide to them. Nothing more nothing less. I wish this were not true about us but science has proved otherwise.
If you have a crappy job you hate that does not pay anything then you are not valuable. Figure out how to fix this? FYI I had crappy jobs and got paid minimum wage before. I am not an elitist snob. For me to get out I had to accept that very cold and hard reality.