Meritocracy and equal opportunity

The simplest definition of meritocracy is a social hierarchy based on individual merit.

A meritocratic model is an ideal of social organization that tends to promote individuals on the basis of merit (ability, work, effort, skills, intelligence, virtue) rather than social origin (class system), wealth (social reproduction) or individual relationships (crony system).

In a broad sense, a person's merit refers to all his or her qualities.

Meritocracy is based on equality of opportunity, individual freedom and the recognition of some form of value.

Equal opportunity is a vision of equality that seeks to ensure that individuals have the same chances and opportunities for social development, irrespective of their social or ethnic origin, their gender, their parents' financial means, their place of birth, their religious beliefs, any disabilities they may have, etc. This vision is based on the principle of equality of opportunity.

"Equal opportunity is the right not to depend exclusively on luck or misfortune. It's the equal right to prove oneself, to exploit one's talents, to overcome, at least partially, one's weaknesses. It's the right to succeed, as much as one can and as much as one deserves. It's the right not to be a prisoner of one's origin, background or status. It's about equality, but in the present, in the face of the future. It's the right to be free, by giving oneself the means to become so. It's like anticipatory justice: it's about protecting the future, as far as possible, against the injustices of the past, and even the present."

André Comte-Sponville - Republican Guide, 2004

In general, if we disregard inequalities, we have to admit that a person's financial resources are commensurate with his or her merits.

Recognition of merit can give rise to various forms of identification, including a title in the Order of the Knights of Rondmons.

The Fondation de l'Ordre des Chevaliers de Rondmons offers anyone the opportunity toacquire a meritocratictitle by virtue of this equal opportunity.
Read a speech on merit by Serge Maller Baron-Farge de La Tour Véronèse d'Arla

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According to the meritocratic principle that we defend, we believe that it is always better for anyone to showcase their skills in the field specific to their training (in their region of residence), and thus be able to set aside a certain amount of money for the acquisition of a qualification, rather than committing them to doing a task beyond their capabilities, thus obliging the Foundation to pay for training.

Nor is it conceivable to create a need in order to meet a demand.

We can assume that a person who doesn't have the means to acquire a qualification today, will certainly have them tomorrow!

Getting your foot in the door with €10 a month is affordable for anyone wishing to acquire a title, and allows you to make a small, deserving gesture that will always be worth more than the greatest of intentions.

(Source: Wikipedia, La Toupie, Le Monde)