In America, are we sending the wrong message to young people? For the longest time a sense of working hard and being competent yields success. But is that it? I have heard of plenty of hard-working people struggling to make it. (whatever “it” is)
But aren’t we a meritocracy? Meritocracy: noun, a system in which the talented are chosen and moved ahead on the basis of their achievement. Or are we some hybrid of systems?
Pandering: verb, gratify or indulge (an immoral or distasteful desire, need, or habit or a person with such a desire, etc.).
Are we pandering to sense of denial? We are told, “you work hard and you can be anything you want in life.” I suggest that we are in fact such a hybrid system. For better or worse, it is how the system works.
Attitude-ocracy: noun, a system in which the talented and connected rise to the top based on industry connections and the ability to interact with others.
While many believe that the method of picking the people you know, or the “good old boys”, can be done incorrectly as a bribing mechanism, this system also has its merits. If you know how someone works, and have worked with them before and they produce positive results, then why not pick them?
What ever you do, what ever you think, just don’t tell white lies.
[thanks for listening]