Cronyism

“It’s the most familial-based societies where the sense of obligation is strongest, that breed the worst nepotism and cronyism.”

Franklin Foer

Nepotism
“The practice among those with power and/or influence of favouring relatives or friends, especially by giving them jobs or opportunities.”

Favouritism
“The practice of giving unfair preferential treatment to one person or a group at the expense of another.”

Cronyism
“The practice of appointing friends and associates to positions of authority, without proper regard to their qualifications.

All of them exist in every field, work, or education. We are compelled to be more forgiving to our loved ones’ mistakes and shortcomings. We forgive ‘our’ people more easily and hold grudges against strangers.

Similarly, it is common to prefer our people over others. It’s deeply instilled in us and we are also under fire with others if we don’t prefer our own. It comes to us naturally.

But!

Not everything that comes naturally is correct. Natural Disasters exist right?

Each time we make biased choices, we are not only taking away another’s opportunities but we are also cutting their growth. Merit and Skill are the only reasons a person should be chosen. No matter the field or the influence.

Having said that, it is undeniable that a few people have a slight advantage over the others most times.

Taking, for instance, Bollywood. Every ‘star kid’ has a slight advantage, no one can deny that. Some have it more than others. Denying them an opportunity is also wrong.

In the business world, the offspring takes over the family business. Would you call them out on their nepotism? No. You’d say, that the parent worked hard in building the business and the offspring deserves it. How are Bollywood actors and actress’s kids getting a head start any different?

While I understand the majority’s point, it’s completely different. We are confusing Cronyism with Nepotism.

Cronyism. That’s our culprit.

It’s wrong to blindly accuse someone of something without knowing the whole story. It is important to first educate ourselves before pointing a finger at another.

The reason for this post is the blind hatred towards celebrities and the abuse they are receiving. Social Media is now a vital part of our everyday life. Likes and Comments or the lack thereof affect us. With the death of one of our beloved actor, it is more important now, than ever to be kind, and compassionate towards everyone. The kind of abuse is encouraging more hatred and malice.

Amid a pandemic, with millions affected and thousands lost, we should be a bit more compassionate. The world is already being affected so harshly by a virus, do we need hatred? Do we deserve to see more people break?

We have seen so many cases where bullying ending in horrible ways. We cannot afford any more of this. We cannot deal with more premature deaths caused by violence.

Let’s stop spreading hatred and spread compassion. If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything bad. If you see someone saying something wrong, correct them nicely. Help people in need to the best of your abilities. Educate yourself and then, others.