I don't know who needs to hear that, but meritocracy is not a desirable goal. It is not fair, it creates inequality, and it is harmful to inclusion and diversity. It is a dystopia and satire.
If you believe in meritocracy I do not want to work with you!
I simply do not have time for your elitist and exclusionist world view.
If you're interested in more thoughts, take this door.
Coincidentally others also seem to be thinking about it right now:
Also: Happy Pride Month! 🏳🌈