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No man should bring children into the world who is unwilling to persevere to the end in their nature and education.
What is a Meritocracy?
Evan Sayet once said, “We did not steal cable from the Sudanese. When they were hacking a million heads off every day, one of them was probably the cable guy.”
Meritocracy is a group of people whose advancement is based on ability, skill and talent rather than on class, race, religion, privilege, gender, or wealth. Meritocracy does not fill quotas or affirmative action. In principle; Meritocracy is pragmatic. In political service it is unbiased. Meritocracy does not compete; it completes.
The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal. Aristotle
Will I be left out if I am not talented, skilled or smart enough if only the best rise?
As the builders say, the larger stones do not lie well without the lesser. Plato
It is those who wish to rule; the Elitist; who lay the foundation for all the atrocities against mankind to take hold and flourish. Do not abdicate your own throne of self – rule to anyone. Be self sufficient, self correcting, self loving; because it is the qualities of leading by example and teaching the merits of self; that eliminates poverty and demoralization.
Why are the Arts and the Humanities important?
Because it is the human insight that guides us in the structure of everything we do.
What are the humanities?
“The term ‘humanities’ includes, but is not limited to, the study and interpretation of the following: language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism and theory of the arts; those aspects of social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life.”
–National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act, 1965, as amended
How does Music and philosophy relate to each other?
Here are some of Plato’s quotes about music.
Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.
Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue.
For the introduction of a new kind of music must be shunned as imperiling the whole state; since styles of music are never disturbed without affecting the most important political institutions. (if you notice in Star Trek they promote Chamber or Baroque music for the mathematical and intellectual minds. War drums are beat to agitate and prepare for war.)
Plato on Politics and Civics – the basics you need to know
One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.
Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.
Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme liberty.
Justice in the life and conduct of the State is possible only as first it resides in the hearts and souls of the citizens.
Ignorance, the root and stem of all evil.
When a Benefit is wrongly conferred, the author of the Benefit may often be said to injure.
This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector.
Marcus Tullius Cicero says it all in this quote in regard to the behavior of the people – “Do not blame Caesar, blame the people of Rome who have so enthusiastically acclaimed and adored him and rejoiced in their loss of freedom and danced in his path and gave him triumphal processions and laughed delightedly at his licentiousness and thought it very superior of him to acquire vast amounts of gold illicitly. Blame the people who hail him when he speaks in the Forum of the ‘new, wonderful good society’ which shall now be Rome’s, interpreted to mean ‘more money, more ease, more security, more living fatly at the expense of the industrious”
To best see how Meritocracy is implemented and the results thereof; you must come to know Lee Kuan Yew.
From Third world to First and by doing so, the best lifted everyone else. If you want to eradicate poverty in the world then examine what works with the people and not for those seeking power to rule.
He gave his entire life to set the example, not just for Singapore, but for the whole world; and yes; before America became complicit; it was an example too. America was his example and he took the best no matter where it came.
Ayn Rand articulated the value system that Lee Kuan Yew eludes to when he speaks of losing his top 300 contributors in a jumbo jet crash. In his words Singapore would disintegrate. In Ayn Rands novel Atlas Shrugged; the top contributors disappear by choice, to protest against Socialism and or Communism encroaching their work and businesses. The world could not know their value so they removed themselves and gave up everything they had built; and the world they left fell into despair. There is no differential or discriminate qualities in mediocrity and compliance with an inferior government or in the impossible illusion of equality or altruism; because when you eliminate the winners: you kill the golden goose! No winners; all losers, that is the real life. Lee Kuan Yew proved you can eradicate poverty via Meritocracy; not by socialism, communism, imperialism and or not even by theology. Would Lee Kuan Yew appeal to Ayn Rand as an ideal model of a man?
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
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Antonia Okafor – Black American
Prime Minister of Britain – Meritocracy is Social Justice
Feminist and Meritocracy
Remembering Lee Kuan Yew
What we can learn from Singapore’s Healthcare System
Richard Dreyfuss on Civics and the rise by merit.
What Companies can learn from Orchestras
Orchestras are a meritocratic structure.
The Sovereign Man “we are a polictical miracle” – Richard Dreyfuss
Mr. Fred Rogers becomes an entrepreneur and television celebrity using his musical skills and talent; then learns how important Civics and Politics is to the funding of Public Television. Mr. Rogers emphasis is on self worth and merit.