We should be kinder to ourselves and others around us.
We live in a meritocratic society
The belief this society embodies is that people earn power, wealth and respect individually — on merit.
The coronavirus has shown the flaws in its ethical foundations.
When we say we live in a merit-based society, it leads to the belief we are all equal, and people attain what they have via their own hard work and determination. We congratulate friends for opening a business and our children for graduating from university.