Thursday, 16 October 2008

Meritocracy is a myth in Indonesia

Meritocracy is a social system in which a reward or occupational position is given to the talented based on their talents, not by their social position, family connection, wealth, or ethnic group. It is a social system that is based on fairness, objectivity, and equality by recognizig one's talent and/or ability.

Some would agree that the world would be a better place if we could achieve meritocracy. But nowadays, it can be seen that wealth and social position play a major role in society. For instance, in Indonesia, those who are wealthy and/or hold a high social position tend to receive special treatments and obtain easier ways to get things done or be put on their laps by other people.

Those who have big talents but are in the regular class or a lower class, have to work harder to get things done, in spite of their talents. Though it may seem unfair, we can see that it is a fact and it happens in Indonesia. Until now, meritocracy is still consedered  a myth in Indonesia.

By : Raisa Andriana 01PBE

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