High-status jobs shouldn’t be rewards, but they are

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Scott: “There’s a weird assumption throughout all these articles, that meritocracy is founded on the belief that smart people deserve good jobs as a reward for being smart.  (…) I think this is both entirely true and entirely missing the point. The intuition behind meritocracy is this: if your life depends on a difficult surgery, would you prefer the hospital hire a surgeon who aced medical school, or a surgeon who had to complete remedial training to barely scrape by with a C-? If you prefer the former, you’re a meritocrat with respect to surgeons.”

I agree that there is something fundamentally wrong with seeing high-status jobs as rewards. A job is a job. It is a set of duties, tasks to perform and to perform well. One ought to get the rewards, the money and status from performing the job well, the job itself should not be seen…

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