People can define the meaning of unfair, however, identifying how an action may be unfair may confuse some. People use the word unfair to describe what is considered to be one-sided or bad. It is also used when trying to explain how someone could hurt another without reason or necessity.
If someone of a higher authority were to propose a compromise insuring superiority for an exclusive group, would those who worked at the bottom of the social ladder think it unfair?
It has been recognized that if an idea, no matter how unreasonable, supports a specific group, it will most likely be chosen, as it is in their favor. It is a certain way for individuals to achieve serendipity. Therefore, is it not fair for those to have a shot and achieve happiness or prosperity for themselves. Or would it be considered unfair when not everyone can share in a fortunate circumstance?
The definition of unfair is “not based on or behaving according to the principles of equality and justice,” similar to being discriminatory or biased against another. Events in time, such as the Holocaust, are viewed as “skewed,” but to those that benefited and supported the cause it was justified. By using the definition, it can be said that this was easily unfair. The objective of the Holocaust was to extinguish members of one group who was blamed for another’s shortcomings.
By looking at how a portion of a population is affected, as opposed to another, can help identify that something is unfair. An example would be a law used to target a whole race when it should only be enforced for a small portion of the population.
In a way, unfairness brings about conflict and the other way around. It can be much like two countries fighting for personal goals, such as land. And when the fighting continues for so long, they lose sight of their goals, causing the public to suffer for something that was not in their control.
Leaving the citizens with less money because it was being spent on the military to help gain land that might not be needed at that point. However, the government might be benefiting from the money that is being invested. This would cause a major disturbance in the community, hurt people indirectly, and would essentially be classified as greatly unfair.
But sometimes unfairness for a few is necessary for the whole to prosper. Making identifying something as unfair, harder for others.
For example, sometimes limited resources have to be cut from those who can survive without it, in order to produce more resources to help stabilize the community in whole.
There can be many examples of unfairness and the explanation behind it must be evaluated deeply in order to be deemed fair or unfair. But dawdling about when it is evident that a circumstance remains unjust will not help. It is easier to complain while doing nothing, but working strenuously for a reward will inevitably bring change.
Written by Brielle R. Buford
Edited by Jeanette Smith
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