“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.” -Mary Engelbreit.
According to Google, unfairness is the lack of equality and justice. Although equality is the word used to define unfairness, some might disagree with that definition. Unfairness and equality are actually two different terms and should not be used to define one another.
Equality is an opportunity for everyone to get the same thing, and unfairness is when someone might work hard, but not get anything out of life. Most people might agree that life can be unfair.
There are a lot of bad situations occurring in the world. There is unfairness toward society and those that have disabilities. For example:
- Highly educated individuals might find it hard to find a job in the field they spent years in school to earn the necessary degree;
- The arrest of an innocent person;
- When a person hears hateful words about their birth from someone they love, or that they should have never been born;
- Criticizing how a person looks, how they dress, or where they live.
It is not fair to judge people. Doing so is just like a judging a book by its cover, which is very unfair.
On the other hand, some just deal with the unfair things that occur in society. They might not even refer to it as being wrong but label it fair. Essentially meaning that they do not put much importance on the word fair or unfair. Overall, many believe life is unfair.
Another thing that people should consider is that we are scions of this rumbustious culture and world. Understanding that would help people to see what they have to deal with; some things cannot be changed.
It is funny to think about children saying things like “sticks and stones may break my bone but words do not hurt me.” Unfortunately, words do hurt. It is sad to see others getting judged by their race, sexuality, or maybe even their facial features. The most important thing is to deal with some unfair things and not letting things to control one’s life.
Written by Damiyah Harris
Edited by Cathy Milne
FEE Foundation For Economic Education: The Unfairness of Equal Outcomes
Image Courtesy of Dylan_Payne’s Flickr Page – Creative Commons License