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"The Merits of Meritocracy" Response

Posted by [email protected] on November 11, 2013 at 1:00 AM

Let me start off my reaction to David Brooks's piece by saying that I am glad I had the oppotunity to read it and it is my hope that many others will have the opportunity to read it as well.

Since I was a young boy, it has been instilled into my head that I must strive to be the best whether it be in sports, academics, music, or any other discispline. My focus was to win awards in each area and after earning merits in these different areas, all that happened was I put them away and saved them in a secure location. Then, over the course of the past year of my life, my time has been used up collecting such accomplishments, merits, and other significant facts and putting them all down onto different forms and papers. This process of applying to colleges began quickly and did not end soon as applications for scholarships crowded my agenda for the rest of the year. What's more is once I had collected all of the impressive feats I had reached in my life and put them down onto an application, I sent it off to someone who's job is solely to evaluate me.

Those who may not be in the middle class and do not have the opportunity to attend college like I do may be envious of the opportunities given to me, but it is my belief that these things are not easy. My entire life has been centered around being involved in organizations, clubs, teams, etc. All these things have forced me to grow up quite quickly and start making decisions that will affect the rest of my life. And to have someone lament that I have it easy is a huge insult. Just as anyone else, I have my own pressures in life from outside sources and from me personally. I work hard at the things I do which is all anyone in this world can ask themselves about at the end of the day. Furthermore, who's to say what one person must worry about is better or worse than another person's burden? The answer is nobody. Everyone is an individual, and should be treated with the same respect as such.

David Brooks hits the nail on the head in this article. There may be middle class children who never have to worry about where their next meal is coming from, or where they will sleep that night, but that doesn't mean life is easy. 

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