If you don't read John Venlet, "Improved Clinch" in the blog roll, you should. His post about a fishing trip led me to several other sites and eventually to this:
G. A. Cohen. Behold this cite from the latter's "Why Not Socialism?" (2009) --
"Although inequalities [of the sort just mentioned] are not condemned by justice, they are nevertheless repugnant to socialists when they obtain on a sufficiently large scale, because they contradict community: community is put under strain when large inequalities obtain … We cannot enjoy full community, you and I, if you make, and keep, ten times as much money as I do, because my life will then labor under challenges that you will never face, challenges that you could help me to cope with but do not, because you keep your money."(pp. 34–35)
It seems to me that G.A. Cohen didn't know what community is about. Community is NOT "equality" or "fairness".
Community is about relationships. And if you can't have a relationship with someone because they make more money than you, that makes you a shallow fool.
To believe that the defining characteristics of humanity lie in our income or reserves of wealth is completely ludicrous. A poor artist can lead a rich life, and a rich person can buy fine art. Leading a good life isn't about leading a pleasant life, it is about leaving behind lasting relationships.
The most influential people in my life have inspired me by their moral character and intellectual prowess, not by the numbers in their bank accounts.
If I were to say that I couldn't have "community" with a mentally handicapped person because I am "ten times smarter" it would stink of obvious elitism and arrogance. Intelligence is only one facet of relationships. Humans cannot be compressed into single dimensional characters.