by Sev Geraskin
Mon Apr 04 2022
True meritocracy is necessary to create a fair and prosperous society where every person, regardless of race, gender, class, or background, has an opportunity to contribute meaningfully and rise to positions of leadership and responsibility.
Upholding true meritocracy is why I choose to work with startups.
Startups are mission-driven and the primary forces that change the world for the better. All startups must excel in fulfilling their mission objective, and only those who can fulfill their mission better than anyone else can succeed. Startup founders live and breathe their customers and go further to help them than anyone else.
Many organizations become politically driven as they grow. They lose their primary mission and purpose and become bastions of self-interest. They gradually reduce the quality and value of their goods and services to accumulate more money, only benefiting internal stakeholders. And thus, they must be disrupted and reconstructed for the benefit of society.
More recently, meritocracy came under criticism because of its implementation in parts of our society. Elitism and nepotism are the dark forces that often use the guise of meritocracy to promote mediocre companies and individuals. As a human collective, we must identify and work against those forces.
This morning, I woke up at 4 am with an epiphany and crystal clarity of what I stand for. I am for an egalitarian society that gives opportunity to everyone regardless of who they are, how they look, where they came from, what institutions they attended, or what titles they are bestowed with. I am against any form of elitism, nepotism, or political favours. In its purest form, meritocracy is a noble ideal worth dedicating your life to pursuing.