It could be just me. When I saw the episode, those were my first thoughts. Some say the story touches on meritocracy, I don't know about that because I don't know much about meritocracy. The story is fiction and can be written in anyway, I thought it was framed in a way that unusually consequential.
Thank you for explaining that @Taro_Tanako. I was close to using my back as a foot rest