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From Jim Jagielski <...@jaguNET.com>
Subject Re: on "meritocracy"
Date Thu, 28 Mar 2019 13:35:00 GMT
So what are you proposing? What actionable corrections can we make
that don't turn the concept of "it doesn't matter who you are, it is what you
do that counts" on its ear?

If we are actively (or passively) discouraging diversity, then it is
a problem, of course. Are we?

The issue, for me at least, is that there are expectations that
if somehow some sub-population does not totally match the variations
and diversity in the overall human population that diversity is
being discouraged, or that people are abusing their "privilege",
etc... That is like expecting every eco-system on the planet to have
the some bio-diversity that the earth does... In some ways, each
eco-system on earth has its own implicit definition of merit, and
those species that survive there are those that match that definition.
So snakes don't do well in Antartica not because the penguins use their
privilege to keep the snakes down, but in that particular environment,
the snake doesn't have the kind of "merit" required. Same that I don't
have the kind of merit to be an archeologist, or a neurosurgeon. But
stating that is tantamount to being painted as being sexist, homophobic,
privileged, etc... or having the fear of being painted as such.

The whole idea of meritocracy is to avoid all that, to avoid even
the possibility of "gaming the system" by having clear, well-defined,
well-followed and, most importantly of all, non-discriminatory definitions
of merit. With that in mind, what can and should we do to address
that?

I want everyone and anyone who wishes to contribute to Apache to
be able to do so, be warmly welcomed, and be acknowledged and rewarded
for their actions and contributions. I think we are all in agreement
here.

Cheers!

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