I’m an American. Our society is based heavily on the idea of meritocracy or a system in which people are awarded for what they are capable of not who they are and how much money they have—at least this is what we’re told. Keep your head down and work hard and you can achieve anything. But you know what? I must be honest. I don’t see that this is the truth.
You see, back when I was a little girl I loved the idea that if I had good work ethic and was a good law abiding citizen that I would be given a better life and opportunity. I thought that if I was respectful, skilled and kindhearted that I would be able to advance. Nothing could be further from the truth.
As a child and throughout my teenage years, I always had a diverse group of friends. Many of them were from wealthy families, some were on very hard times and spent more time at work than they did in class. My family, was somewhere in the middle. My dad served in the Navy for as far back as I could remember at the time. We lived well. We didn’t have it all but we were happy. My dad taught us discipline and respect. On some Saturday’s we would get up and do chores and we weren’t allowed outside to play until our chores were complete. This was upsetting to child me for obvious reasons but I’m thankful for the lesson it taught me.
When you’re friends with the rich kids you learn a thing or two about life. Money enables people to be carefree and feel secure. These are the people who get started straight out of high school making $65,000 a year thanks to who they are whereas you’re so obliged to throw on a uniform and work the drive through for $12,000 a year and hope to make it through college because of what you don’t have. Maybe some of you can relate, maybe there’s more to be said about this subject than just my personal experience.
Money is a big determining factor in what you can and can’t do. Money can be the difference between having a job and being unemployed. Money can give you shelter or ensure that you’re homeless. What is to be said of a world that doesn’t consider ability, work-ethic or proficiency when considering a person’s merit? Bank accounts are quickly replacing capability, skill and expertise. Just look at what happened last November–money can make you the president of the United States.