I’m not naive.
I understand that in the world there were those who were born to do great things, discover amazing oddities, travel into outer space, and there are those who were born to be nothing special at all. That’s not uncommon. There is always a flaw in the process, a chink in the armour or a weak point in the chain. In truth it doesn’t matter at all, all the parts come together and function as a whole, because even the weak link has a purpose.
There was a time in the history of mankind when all you needed to be successful in life, was to be born into the right family. The only prerequisite to ruling a kingdom was a royal parent and a couple basic lessons in backstabbing and tyranny. Nepotism was, at the time, the only real means of getting of job security.
In this ‘modern’ and ‘enlightened’ age shouldn’t we be past that? Shouldn’t the choice of who is more important to society be determined by their usefulness to society as a whole? Shouldn’t the man, or woman, with the best CV and resume get the job? I think so.
But apparently, I am wrong…
In my article about Honouring Nelson Mandela, I discussed the sense of entitlement many South Africans have adopted since the ending of Apartheid. The business world, the one place where you would think positions were decided based on merit has also become a victim in the entitlement game. Positions are no longer earned through hard work, qualifications and years of experience. They are instead given to those who know the most influential people.
So, how do you solve a problem that is so entrenched American bunker busters couldn’t even shake them? A problem so rampant that politicians barely even bother to hide their tracks. I don’t really know the answer. I thought that total clarity could be an option, but since employers don’t bother hiding their nepotism what would be the point?
Conversely, I understand that some people need a ‘leg-up’ in life. That without the metaphorical kick in the shorts, the careers of many people would never even begin. My problem is that there is no balance between experience/skills and connections. Blood doesn’t now, and never will define a great king so why shouldn’t the same principle be the same of an employee?
As I said I have no long term solution to Nepotism in a corrupt environment like what we have in South Africa. So I’d like some input on the situation if you have any experience with Nepotism in the workplace.
So as many of you should by now know Mohammed Morsi is now the former president, or perhaps former attempted dictator, of Egypt. Late yesterday the Egyptian military followed through on their promise to oust the “Dictator” Morsi should he not resign willingly by the 3rd July 2013. Say what you will about Robert Mugabe, or Kim Jong Un but at least those men know how to be real dictators. That being said this represents a massive victory and a step towards a fair and democratic Egypt. I think however that people need to understand, at least a condensed version of events, how Egypt arrived at the present situation.
Mohammed Morsi was elected as the 5th President of Egypt on the 30 June 2012. Morsi, a leading member in the Muslim Brotherhood based in Egypt and was formerly the Chairman of the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), a role which he resigned on entering the presidency. Morsi, whilst no longer the chairman, continued to represent the FJP in his term as president.
Throughout his term, Morsi continued to incite anger from the Egyptian peoples with a combination of his incompetence and dangerous decree making. Most notably, on the 22nd November 2012, Morsi drafted a decree which allowed him to create legislation without official judicial review. This unadulterated power, which Morsi claimed would “protect” the nation until the ratification of a new constitution, angered the Egyptian public to the point where hundreds of thousands of people protested in the streets. Whilst this protest was officially effective, and the fanatical decree was revoked, there were rumours that the power of the declaration still remained in effect.
Now I’m really not much of economist, so I’ll refrain from telling you this side of the story but Morsi did a lot of damage to the Egyptian economy, yet another of his critical mistakes. I ended up reading this article posted by Marketwatch and I found it to be quite informative:
So really Morsi was destroyed by his own incompetence, should he have maintained his calm and carefully assessed his options there could potentially have been another dictatorship in the world, along with the likes of Zimbabwe, North Korea, Iran, Cuba etc. In the meantime, Adly Mansour has been appointed, by General Abdul Fatah Khalil Al-Sisi, as the interim President of Egypt. Until such time as a fully democratic election can take place.
At the end of the day, may the Egyptians enjoy their victory because tomorrow they have a lot of work to do repairing the mess that was left by Mohammed Morsi.