Marty Nemko, a career coach, author and radio talk-show host in the San Francisco area, who has very practical career and educational advice that I highly recommend, wrote a very personal article titled “What the Hell is the Meaning of Life”. This article is the fifth (here is the first) of a seven part series in response to Marty’s question. In this article I’ll address the issue meritocracy from a spiritual perspective.

Marty wrote,

“I particularly value meritocracy. I believe that more good accrues from ensuring a meritocracy than nearly anything else. 30 years ago that would have meant dismantling the ol’ white boy’s network. But alas, today, the ol’ boy network has largely been replaced by the Diversity Industry, all-powerful and hell-bent on ensuring that women and minorities get slots in colleges and employment even when less qualified.”

I agree with you. Diversity is considered politically correct but meritrocity is superior because it is spiritually correct. From a lower, material perspective diversity seems right. Of course we should all just “get along” and any attempts to force this diversity along seems appropriate. However, it’s in the forcing that the diversity industry makes the mistake. By forcing, the diversity crowd actually causes an imbalance resulting from the resentment of the discriminatee and the false achievement of the discriminator.

From a spiritual perspective, diversity for diversity’s sake is unnecessary and unsound; after all, do you see forced diversity in nature? Meritocracy is how the natural world and the divine plan work. We are blessed with the potential to express unlimited amounts of love, wisdom, joy, compassion, peace, strength and courage. But we’re not given the ability to perfectly express these qualities. We’re not given the ability to perfectly express any talent or skill. We have to work at it just like anything else. We have to earn what we have.

Even though you are correct in your endorsement of meritrocracy, you’re attitude about is seems too militaristic or fundamentalist. Although you don’t want to let the diversity crowd “walk all over” the “silenced majority”, put it in a higher perspective and, while you continue to make your points, trust that what will work out is correct and that God’s divine plan will ultimately prevail, as it always does. With this loftier perspective you can allow the diversity crowd, including your daughter (of whom you say, “And my only child, who is an ardent employee of the Diversity Industry, refuses to talk to me, in large measure because of my views on reverse discrimination”), to have their opinions. Look at it as an opportunity to develop and express tolerance, goodwill, and peace. You can have mature discussions about it but don’t let it degrade into pettiness and positioning. Let them be “right”.

Next time – are relationships and/or religious faith the answer to the meaning of life?

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