Belief about the rightness of Insert System Here establishes the axis on which belief operates on behavior--both positively and negatively. In other word: myth. In this case, the myth of meritocracy. Not either Truth or fakery, but potentially both, simply operating, a powerful tool for moving people and a lens for sensing how people are moved.
"American beliefs about the rightness of meritocratic ideals often leads to the belief that those ideals are what guides society. But research shows that a real commitment to meritocracy requires understanding that America hasn’t gotten there—at least not yet."
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