What is Meritocracy?

 Evan Sayet once said, “We did not steal cable from the Sudanese. When they were hacking a million heads off every day, one of them was probably the cable guy.”

Meritocracy is a group of people whose advancement is based on ability, skill and talent rather than on class, race, religion, privilege, culture, gender, or wealth. Meritocracy does not fill quotas or implement affirmative action. In principle; Meritocracy is pragmatic. In political service it is unbiased. In healthcare it is generous. In music it is harmonic. Meritocracy is not entirely based on competition; it strategically places to complete. When you question what is a meritocracy; study the orchestra because it is the purest demonstration of a meritocratic system. In a different meritocratic system, the V formation of migrating birds sets another example worthy of exploration. Perhaps a good question is, “how do we apply that system to government, healthcare, education, social sciences, military, jurisprudence and personal identity?”

The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal. Aristotle

Is the second chair equal to the first chair? Are all composers equal in their style, technique, and skill?  Is my violin as well made and seasoned as yours?  In the organic material there exist unequal measures. In manufactured goods, you can achieve equal measure. It is unnatural to be equal.

Will  I be left out if I am not talented, skilled or smart enough if only the best rise?

As the builders say, the larger stones do not lie well without the lesser. Plato

For an example: A young man who is a mobile mechanic feels out of place because his father-in-law is a successful attorney. One morning his father in law has to be in court and his car will not start. At that moment the young car mechanic was the most important man in the lawyers’ life, the lawyer was the most important man to the defendant relying on him to be in court to represent his case. The mechanic got the car started and realized his importance in being able to do his job well. Plato had it right 2500 hundred years ago. The larger stones need the smaller stones to be complete.

Why Meritocracy?

Meritocracy allows the best to lead and by doing so they lift everyone else.

Where does Meritocracy exist?

In professions: Sports, Music, Arts, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Jurisprudence, Education and Healthcare.

Where do I go to see a Meritocracy in action?

Singapore and the life of Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew. He applied it to the development of Singapore from a third world existence to transform it into a first world status without the aid of natural resources. Because Singapore quickly became a destination for surrounding countries it became a city-state with not enough land for accommodations for the increasing influx of residents. That changed the dynamics once again. Although the meritocratic system was first applied it almost eradicated poverty; as Singapore ran out of places to build the properties escalated in value to unaffordable rates causing poverty to return.