The Merit Of A Meritocracy

Georges van Hoegaerden


Since I reference the need for a meritocracy quite a bit in my articles, I often get asked who defines the merit in a meritocracy. Who is the anointed genius determining merit?

The answer is simple: nature’s evolution. Nature already imposes an unshakeable and evolving meritocracy on all of humanity. In fact, nature deploys a dynamic meritocracy, continually expanding the fractal of evolution.

Nature – in case you forgot – determines our future, no matter what hoopla of manmade make-believe we conjure up.


Darwin Out

Now, whenever the term evolution is mentioned, some people immediately think about the brutal pillage-and-plunder, described by Darwin, as survival of the fittest in which only the physically strongest survive.

A scary and no longer valid supposition, for we now know evolution in actuality revolves around continual adaptability. Adaptability being an evolving composite; made up of an ecosystem of factors including physical, intellectual, and sensory attributes.



The bee species with a tiny posture and an even smaller brain will outlive the human species by some 16,000 times. The fine-tuned renewal of the bee, combined with its remarkable adaptability to an evolving equilibrium with nature, is why we should be awe of its unique composition.

Intelligence as a critical attribute of humanity is useful, but only when it enhances the composite of adaptability of our species. The bee does quite well without much intelligence but makes up for it with other traits strengthening the composite of its adaptability.

Intelligence is – thankfully – a dominating attribute of humanity, since our physical strength compared to other species is not, and we must deploy our intelligence not to take cunning advantage of members of our own species, but to build systems by which we intelligently collaborate to expand the fractal of human evolution.

Therefore, how we build operating-systems for humanity is crucial to our survival.


Idiocracy Into Meritocracy

Everything in nature is a relativity theory, and the theories of absolutism humanity deploys are therefore fundamentally incompatible with nature. The reason why all manmade systems fail spectacularly soon after implemented.

I break down the dislocation between nature and human operating-systems further in The State of Humanity. The difference is monumental, and the source of our ignorance and failing adaptations to nature’s changing rule. The good thing about my discovery is that once we change the human operating-systems to reflect the principles of nature we can begin to reap new rewards from human ingenuity.

Even though our understanding of nature is still very limited, one of nature’s guiding principles is the implementation of what we can recognize as a dynamic meritocracy.

Nature’s meritocracy defines the kind of human adaptability that is useful to evolution. With the merit of a meritocracy recursively adjusting and expanding in concert with the expanding evolution of everything in nature.


Define Meritocracy

Which leads us from merit to the definition of a meritocracy:

A meritocracy is the ruling embedded in the theory of a system that assigns merit, or value, to the input of a system producing the desired output.

In evolution that means the state of being, as input, will adapt by nature’s rule to produce an outcome recalibrated to the changing nature of the environment. The rule of said meritocracy continually adapted to, and in tune with the nature of evolution.

Put differently, a dynamic meritocracy as deployed by nature yields a fractal of continual expansion, the outcome of a previous iteration used as input for next expansion of the fringe, with the rule of merit adjusted to a changing equilibrium with nature.

Humanity must move from a manmade idiocracy to nature’s meritocracy before it is too late.


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