And we’ve all seen how that has
worked out. For all of us. Around the world.
If it wasn't for
merit, we wouldn't have the music of Beethoven and Bach, or, for that matter,
of Fleetwood Mac and The Rolling Stones. If it wasn't for merit, participating in
or watching sports would be an exercise in…watching people exercise. An
exercise in futility. If it wasn't for merit, and the relentless pursuit of
excellence, we would not have any of the great works of art……or any of the
life-changing inventions of the 20th century. Electricity, the light bulb,
indoor plumbing and flush toilets. Radio, television, the internet, smart
phones. Were it not for merit, we may still be having our teeth pulled while
chomping on a towel after imbibing several ounces of whiskey. Were it not for
merit, our bridges and skyscrapers wouldn't stand, our trains would derail, our
planes fall from the sky.
If not for merit,
there would be no light... and no hope.
The emphasis on
DEI and equity over competence, merit, and excellence is an existential danger
to society. That is not hyperbole.
In summation, the respect
for merit is vital to the human condition. Worshipping sloth-- or even
mediocrity--and valuing equity above all would be the death knell of