Americans are more likely to believe that people are rewarded for their intelligence and skills and are less likely to believe that family wealth plays a key role in getting ahead.
NYTs opinion article purporting to refute the American concept if not ideal of a meritocracy.
Supposedly the system is rigged because the successful among us want the same for their children; move to areas with good schools, pay for college, etc. The assumption seems to be all this is possible because of passing down of family wealth and not personal effort, skill, hard work, overcoming obstacles, etc.
Do you buy into that theory?
I know a lot of people who do or try to do all those things, and yet none of them have family wealth. What they do have is the drive and attitude to do better. They get an education no matter what, they work hard. They find a way long before giving up. And yes, they are rewarded for their skills and accomplishments and you don’t have to be a genius to be successful.
We seem to be in a era of excuses for everything. Are things really that different?
Categories: Observations on life