The Prerequisite

 

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.

 

Kyanna K.

5 thoughts on “The Prerequisite

  1. The interesting thing about being human is that our ability to reason results in an immense amount of personal diversity… which in turn makes us complex creatures. Another person having experienced your exact same (let’s presume “clone”) experiences in life will likely have reached a different set of conclusions. There is no right or wrong to it.
    But here’s my thought.. money is essentially life’s “lubricant”.. when you have it things seem to flow along much easier. When you don’t, then the friction of life adds to our stress levels and struggles to financially survive. But, here’s where our diversity comes in… using your academics, experience, cognitive reasoning, natural instincts, behavioral traits… we can balance the amount of “lubricant” needed for our lives, and to be happy. You can sit back and see other people sliding along in life because of money.. or you can engage life because it IS life, and add just enough lubricant to allow for some level of personal success. Sliding through life is not as important as engaging in it.
    Just another perspective.

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    1. I like how you said money is life’s lubricant. I thought that was interesting and very true in many cases. Money certainly makes life easier but it shouldn’t be used in place of merit. This isn’t to say that one is incapable of having money and expertise at the same time rather that money should not be used as an easy pass to use whenever you have nothing else to offer.

      “Sliding through life is not as important as engaging in it.” Right. Some of us slide through life but most of us have to roll up our sleeves and work to actually acheieve something. I did. I’m sure most other have had to do the same. I love hearing your thoughts, Doug.

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  2. Let me ask this.. and truly consider it rhetorical. We are strangers so I’d not wish to presume anything otherwise.
    But it sounds like you are a self-made young woman.. so, having gone this far in life, and done what you have done, is there a dollar amount you would have preferred having had in the beginning instead of going through all you have gone through? Or, did the journey itself make you the person you are today?

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    1. Oh my goodness, Doug! Why would you ask a rhetorical question?!?! One thing you have to know about me is that I always have something to say. 😂 But I’m going to do my darnedest to keep this one to myself. 😉

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