Posted Jun 15, 2012 9:59 UTC (Fri) by dgm (subscriber, #49227)
In reply to: On meritocracy by rfunk
Parent article: On mocking
> unless "merit" includes a thick skin.
Merit is only half of Meritocracy. The -cracy suffix that implies that it's the way in which a group of people organizes.
As with any group of people, there are often different and even conflicting interests. Resolving those conflicts requires a thick skin from time to time. The more valuable the work of the group for the parties at odds, the thicker the required skin, because conflict size is proportional to the height of the stakes.
So, for people with a thin skin it's better to play alone of find a group that does not see a lot of value in what they do.