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Naked Questions/13 - Fighting the devaluation of non-economic virtues
by Luigino Bruni
published in Avvenire on 31/01/2016
"Full of merit, yet poetically / Humans dwell upon the earth."
The logic of merit has always been very powerful. We human beings have a deep need to believe that there is a logical and just relationship between our actions, talents, commitment and our results. We like to think that our salary is the result of our quality and our commitment, that the grades we get at school depend on how much we study, that we have earned our awards (the word meritum comes from mereri meaning: earn, gain).